Let’s face it – no one has enough time. I don’t care if your business is large or small, you have no kids or a dozen, we are all busy. We run from activity to activity and often, we can barely think about what’s next. So with all of this how can you possibly make the changes you want to see in your life? How can you get ahead? Here are 8 ways to find time in your day and live your best life.
- Schedule phone calls. While this may sounds over organized and silly, it’s a huge time saver. Instead of playing phone tag with someone and possibly waiting days and days to obtain information or proceed with a project, scheduling allows you to be prepared for the call. Have your notes on hand and know when you’ll be able to get your call completed. There’s nothing more frustrating than finally getting the call you’ve been waiting for and you’re in the grocery store.
- Use a crockpot. While this isn’t related to business, it’s a way to save time. Cooking in the crockpot means that you can work while dinner cooks. Throw in the ingredients before you leave for work and let the crockpot do the work for you. Even though I work from home, I use crockpot cooking so I don’t have to worry about dinner. If you don’t like crockpot cooking, simply double your favorite recipes when you make them. Freeze the second half and you have meals ready quickly!
- Make an appointment with yourself. Often the small things that we WANT to do go undone. Why? Because we aren’t FORCED to do them. If you make an appointment with yourself to organize your desk, scan your files or clean out your purse, you’ll get it done. Hold yourself to the appointment you make with yourself, just like you’d hold yourself to an appointment made with your boss.
- Group tasks together. Sitting down and doing all of your filing at once means you’ll be more efficient. I like to return emails at once as well…that way the rest of your day can be dedicated to accomplishing your long-term projects and meeting your goals.
- Trade with friends and coworkers. If you are racing around running errands or trying to get house clean in between long workdays, consider looking around for some assistance. Offer to file for your coworker in exchange for them answering your phone for an hour. Trade babysitting time with a neighbor so you both have quiet time to clean and organize your homes. Everyone is in the same situation you are. Trading time and work can help you both get ahead!
- Set guidelines. If you find yourself spending the whole day answering emails and returning calls, set guidelines. Tell people you return calls during a set period of time each day. Put it in your email signature that emails will be returned within 2 business days. If you set the guidelines and stick to them those that communicate with you will know what to expect. Set the expectations clearly and ensure you honor them. It’s always better to under promise and over deliver!
- Delegate what you can. I know you’ve heard this before but you’d be shocked at what can be handed off. Items like filing, scanning and simple phone calls can be given to an assistant. If you work from home, you can even bribe your kids to help with these tasks. A little extra screen time goes a long way. Kids love using shredders and scanners!
- Write down your goals. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to completely understand what your goals are. What are the steps you can take TODAY to get to them? For example, if you want to organize your office, the steps might look like this:
- Shred old bills and paperwork
- Scan contracts, bills, and correspondence from January
- Buy paper trays
- Purchase new planner
- Organize office supplies
- Purchase new office rug
- Fix computer chair
- Clean out email inbox
- If you want to take this process a step further you can write down a time estimate for each item next to it. This will give you an idea of when you can fit it into your schedule. Write down the action items on your calendar and stick to the dates you set.
Finding time isn’t really possible, but with these strategies, you’ll be back to really make progress, every single day on the goals and tasks that are important to you.