We all only have 24 hours in a day. We have different commitments, priorities and values. Regardless of how our time is spent, most people seem to want more of it.
Here are 7 things to cut out or cut back on to “make” more time for the important things.
1. TV. This may be a way for people to relax, but just try it for a week. I gave up TV for Lent, and I saved a ton of time. I really didn’t think I watched that much. I used to have Netflix on while cooking or cleaning. But it was a distraction for me, and I found myself with more time after giving it up. I read more, was more organized, and I even started this here blog!
2. Computer/phone time. How many times a day do we check our phones? How much time do we spend sifting through unimportant emails, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest?
- Try just checking your phone at certain points of the day for certain items. For example, for email, check it once mid-morning and once late afternoon.
- Uninstall the Facebook app.
- Unsubscribe to emails that are of little value to you.
- Tell yourself you’re giving up Youtube this week.
- Monitor your internet time. Set a goal to cut it in half.
4. Events you go to just because you’re invited. Just because your former coworker’s son invited you to his wedding, doesn’t mean you have to go. You have the power to politely decline the offer if you don’t want to attend. Here are some suggestions for how to say no.
5. Long commute. Move closer to your job or find a job that is closer to you. I realize sometimes this just isn’t too feasible. However, could you work from home one day a week? Maybe listen to an audio book or podcast to relax or be more productive on your drive home.
6. Perfection. Sometimes we spend too much time analyzing things and going over details. Trying to make things perfect may be sucking your time. Give yourself a specific time frame to accomplish a task, and when your time is up, you’re done.
7. Unhealthy relationships. Sometimes you can’t cut these out, but you can either work to make them better or spend less time on them. Unhealthy relationships drain you of your time and energy, so choose to spend time with people who energize you.