- Elon Musk, Investor & Entrepreneur
You may have a hectic schedule, but it’s always possible to free up some extra time here and there. It may sound like a challenge, but once you read through the following suggestions, knowing how to free up your time will be a whole lot easier. This article will give you some ideas on how to maximise your time even when life or work appears to get in the way.
It’s true what they say: time is certainly a valuable thing. Even if you have a busy schedule, you should always make time to wind down and do whatever you want. This could include spending time with family, working on a side hustle or hobby, and so on. The last thing you want to do is let your busy schedule run you into the ground.
We all have 24 hours in a day. We also all need to sleep, which of course gives us roughly 16 hours to work with. Let’s take a look at some of the following ideas on how to create more time for yourself.
Consider delegation and automation
On any given day, we complete an array of tasks. Figure out the tasks you perform on a regular basis and determine whether or not any of them can be automated. One such task that comes straight to mind is paying the bills. Whether it’s an electricity bill or something else, find out if there is an automated or online payment option.
There also may be tasks that require your attention, but are not in great urgency to be completed. This is when you can free up your time by delegating such tasks to someone who is competent to perform them. Choose this person wisely to avoid having to go back and redo, particularly if it is work-related. With these sort of tasks freed up, you can focus on the more important things.
Trim the clutter in your life
What are some things in your life that are considered ‘clutter’? In other words, are there trivial things in your life that you do right now? And if so, can you live without them? What seems like something that is considered a ‘waste of time’? Anything you do that doesn’t benefit you in the long run should not be worth the time at all.
Once again, this is perhaps where delegating such tasks can come in handy. One employee’s ‘waste of time’ could be another’s ‘favourite thing to do’ and they might get it done twice as fast! It pays to know your team inside out.
Use a journal
It may help to keep a journal so that you can keep track of what you are spending your time on. It helps manage your time appropriately and is a great place to compile all of your to-do lists. Brain dumping your thoughts in a journal can also be therapeutic and clear your head for the next day.
Know your ‘clock’
In the 24 hours that we have, many of us have a clock that we operate on. Some people can quite happily function for 18 hours a day and sleep for six, whilst others need a full nine hours. Either way, it’s important to know your own ‘clock’.
For example, what hours of the day are you ‘most tired’? Could you consider going to bed at a time during those hours of the day? Also, pay attention to which hours you are most productive. This could give you a good idea of what your ideal schedule should look like.
Think about how you would spend an extra hour each day
Let’s say you have one free hour every single day. How would you spend that hour? Let’s say you want to spend that hour exercising.
You can spend that full hour exercising or you may decide to go to the gym. Keep in mind that going to the gym will eat away at that hour once you include commute time. Maybe you therefore stick to simple workouts that you can do anywhere like pushups or situps, a walk or a jog! The simpler it is, the better.
Think of a goal that you have in mind then use that hour to achieve it. It can be working on your side hustle, spending time with family or that special person in your life. Do you successfully fit that extra activity in? Maybe you don’t need an extra hour in your day after all!
If you are looking for ways to free up time during your hectic schedule, the above examples are a good starting point. There are many ways to free up time during your day. This includes cutting out the ‘clutter’ and delegating tasks that you don’t need to do. The more you free up your time, the better.
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