We are all given 24 hours in a day. The question is: “What do you choose to do with yours?”.
A lot of the time our 24 hours don’t seem like enough. We constantly tend to complain how we don’t have time. Then day after day we try to find a way to make more time, but somehow always fail. What if I told you: ˝you can maximize your 24 hours!˝? It’s time to make a change and I’ll show you how with today’s time management tips.
7 Time Management Tips To Maximize Your 24 Hours
#1 Use Dead Time To Your Advantage
Dead time is the time when we are not acting productively. If you think about it dead time is everywhere. Your journey to school/work, whilst waiting for an appointment or in line to get coffee, whilst watching TV, etc. So how to best use dead time? Let’s say you’re walking to the coffeehouse or riding a bus/train. This is the perfect time to either listen to an Audiobook or learn a new language.
Watching TV? Great, you can do light stretches whilst watching TV or even push-ups and squats during commercials. Getting ready in the morning? Pop the earphones and listen to a motivational speech to hype you up for the day ahead! There is so much you can do, just do your best to identify dead time and use it to your advantage.
#2 Plan Around Your Energy
Knowing your energy levels is the key to organizing your daily tasks. Research says that most people hit the afternoon slump around 2-3 pm. If that applies to you and that’s when you’re least productive then that is not the time to do the most demanding task.
Plan your day according to your energy levels. Depending on its highest/lowest point recognize which certain things you should be working on. For example, doing a simple task when you’re at peak energy is a wasted opportunity.
#3 Be Aware Of Wasted Time
It takes so much awareness to realise how you’re actually wasting time. I got a little scared when I sat down and thought about it. Let me ask you a couple of questions.
How much time do you spend:
- scrolling on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter?
- watching TV?
- checking your smartphone?
- watching YouTube videos?
- worrying about outcomes that won’t happen?
- deciding what to wear?
- spending time with toxic people?
- complaining how you don’t have enough time?
These are all situations where we could’ve done something productive. In addition, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t check social media or watch TV at all. I understand it’s a way to relax and unwind and we all need that. Simply be mindful with it. Set yourself a limit to check social media for maximum 20 mins per day or watch TV for 1 hour max.
“Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
#4 Plan Ahead
Planning ahead is such an important step in maximizing your 24 hours. How many times have you woken up without intention and thought about what could you or should do that day? By the time you figured out what needs to be done, a couple of hours went by.
Make a habit of planning your days ahead. Each night write down a “to-do” list for the next day. Once you do that write down how much time you’ll need for each task. Approximately.
“A good system shortens the road to the goal.”
This will help you figure out how to manage your time better. Furthermore, you’ll know which task is the most and which the least important so you’ll do them accordingly.
#5 Learn To Say No
This is one of the most straightforward tips I can give on how to maximize your 24 hours. However, many people struggle to say “no” when asked for a favour. It’s either because we don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, make them upset or we’re worried what they might think of us.
See how it all those things include you worrying about someone else? Why? Why not put yourself, your goals and your time in first place? It’s not selfish if you want to take care of yourself and your future. In addition, if you keep doing others a favour whenever they ask you, you’ll once again come home and complain how you don’t have time.
The key is to eliminate everything that is non-essential for your goals. Our lives are full of overabundance. When we are able to identify that overabundance and remove it, we start seeing what is significant and what deserves our time and what doesn’t. How do you expect to experience growth without sacrifice?
#6 Write It Down
One thing that has helped me a lot lately is bullet journaling. If you don’t know, a bullet journal is a system of organising reminders, to-do lists, brainstorming, scheduling and other organisational tasks into a single notebook. It is a great way to help you stay ahead of your tasks and save time.
For example, my baby sometimes gets doctor’s appointments scheduled three months in advance. In order to remember them I write the dates in my bullet journal. Each day I have so many things to do that it’s just impossible to remember something that’s a month or more away.
Like I said, bullet journal is for many other things so look into making your own. You can write anything you want in it and organise your days and months in advance. It will help clear the clutter in your mind for sure, which in turn will make it easier for you to maximize your 24 hours.
#7 Don’t Forget “Me-Time” & Stay Grateful
In order to make the most out of your day you need to schedule some “me-time” every once in a while. If we’d all just hustle, hustle, hustle without any moments precious to us, we’d go mad.
Take a Sunday evening for a lovely bubble bath, schedule a Wednesday to play sports with your friends. Anything that makes you feel happy, makes your soul shine, make time for it!
Furthermore, in this process of trying to better manage your time, don’t forget to be grateful. My last post was all about gratitude and personally, I find it of extreme importance. In every aspect of life.
In order to become successful, there is no room for excuses. It is never too late to dream, and never too early to start working on it. If you keep waiting for the “right time”, it may never come at all.
Keep working hard for what you want,