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Published on October 23, 2014

4 Ways to Find More Time in Your Day

We’ve all said it: “There’s just not enough time in the day.” And while we can’t literally make more hours in the day, there are things we can do to be more productive with the hours we do have.

  1. Get Organized: First, sync your calendars so you don’t have to look at your phone, computer and planner every day. Second, cut down your to-do list. Every morning, identify your priorities and which activities you can skip or save for a slower day. Third, make appointments with yourself. Block time on your calendar to concentrate on your priorities and reduce procrastination. While multitasking is an important skill, sometimes focusing on a single task at a time is the most productive way to accomplish your daily goals.

  2. Unplug: While in many ways technology makes things easier and more efficient, it can also be overwhelming. When we’re constantly connected to the world, it means we’re always being interrupted. To minimize distractions, shut down your email during peak productivity periods. Tell friends and colleagues to call you only if they absolutely need you. Likewise, set aside designated times to check social media instead of every time you receive a notification. Shut the office door, work remotely or put on headphones to block distractions and be your most productive.

  3. Use Gap Time: Rather than thinking of your wait time as a waste, use it. If you commute, listen to audiobooks, podcasts or the news. Take a book, journal or newspaper to doctor appointments, meetings and lunches. You never know when you’ll find yourself with a little free time to be productive or do something just for you. Similarly, rather than thinking of your workout as yet another item on your to-do list, bring a tablet and use it as your special time to listen to your favorite music, catch up on TV shows or read a book for pleasure.

  4. Get Some Rest: It may seem like you can find more hours in the day by cutting back on sleep, but rest is important for your health, productivity and wellbeing. Turn off all screens at least half an hour before bed to let your mind and eyes rest. Read a book, do some stretches or enjoy a relaxing mug of tea. Likewise, take periodic breaks throughout the day to clear your head. Go on a walk or take some me time every so often to stay energized and refreshed.

How do you find more time in the day? Share your tips below!

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