10 Ways to Make More Time Each Day
Doesn’t it feel like there isn’t enough time in the day? I sometimes feel like I wake up, go to work, come home, and get barely anything done. I’m not the only one who feels like this right? Well lately I have been trying to fight this rut and determined to get more done during the day! Here are a few things that I have been doing lately that have helped me accomplish more each day.
1. Wake up earlier
I love waking up early I feel like I get way more done and I am more motivated in the morning. I know I know, a lot of you are thinking “Amy you are crazy I much rather sleep in!” Even if you just went to bed 20 minutes earlier and woke up 20 minutes earlier it may help 🙂
2. Be Organized
This tip is super hard for me! I’m not the most organized person in the world, but I am definitely trying to become better at it. If you’re like me you can waste a lot of time searching for things or trying to straighten up craziness. But if I was just more organized in the beginning I wouldn’t have to deal with this! Blah I learned this like two years to late! O well!
3. Create a to do list
This one goes with the #2. Every morning when I get to work I like to sit down organize my desk and create a to do list of all the things I would like to get done that day (at work and at home). This helps me stay more focused. Plus who doesn’t love checking off when you get something done!
4. Prepare for the next day the night before
Make your families lunches, pick out what you are going to wear the night before, pack backpacks or brief cases, shower, or even make overnight oats for breakfast. This tip will definitely free up and de-stress your mornings!
5.Turn off your distractions
Figure out what distracts you and turn it off for a few hours. For me this would be the computer :(.
6. Power hour
Get focused, go fast, and push through. In order to get all my to do list done sometimes I will have a power hour (or 20 minutes) for things I don’t want to do, like cleaning. That way, I race to get all the cleaning done and it doesn’t take me very long at all.
7. Make simple meals for dinner
Use the crock pot, make one pot meals, or freezer meals. This way when you get home you can worry about other things besides whats for dinner.
8. Learn to say no…
Life can just get crazy and for some reason we feel the need to say yes to everything or everyone. One way to definitely get more done is to say no to certain engagements. Figure out your priorities, whats best for you and your family, and decide what things are a must and what things you can live without.
9. Keep a calendar!
It is easier to make more time in a day if you now what you have going on right? I love my calendar and sometimes put the silliest things in there just so I remember!
Our brains can get so tired from thinking so much and trying to get a lot of stuff done. Sometimes the best thing I can do is just to sit/lay down, close my eyes, and pray or clear my mine.
That’s it 10 ways to help you accomplish more every day! What do you do to get more done?
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Ooh I love the “Power Hour” idea! Great tips! I popped over from Inspire Me Please–thanks for sharing!
Awesome tips! I’m a huge believer in crockpot meals. They save me tons of time. Also preparing for the next day the night before. Now if I could just convice the hubby to do that one… 😉
No – you are definitley not the only one who feels this way!! I love the power hour idea – never thought of that before! And waking up earlier – I’ve been doing that and I get so much accomplished in that little bit of time! Its also nice to be alone and de-compress during that time!
Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof
Great list! I really need to get organized, I know I waste time when I don’t have a nice list of things I need to get done, and I don’t take great advantage of nap time, and such.
I LOVE this!! Between caring for a 6 month old, entertaining my husband, taking care of the house, and running two businesses time is a hard thing to come by!! I will definitely be implementing some of these tips!
Thanks for the useful tips, and motivation that I needed. ;o)
I needed this, thanks. I’ve been trying to get organized. I’m a new blogger and I’m having lots of fun, but time is something I could really use more of.
Great tips, I really needed this today…so thank you!
Found you at Mop it up Mondays! I am always looking for ways to find more time in my day! Thanks for the tips. I am pinning it for later!
These are great tips. I really get more done early in the morning while everyone is still asleep and the house is quiet.
Sarah M Schultz
This is great! I regularly do a lot of the things, so my days are pretty packed, but there still just seems like there isn’t enough hours in the day! Now if only I could a hang of #1…
There are a lot of days I do not (and don’t) do #1 haha!
I stay away from TV. As in, I don’t have one in the house. That’s a few hours a day right there.
haha that would be a great way to stay away from it! We have a TV but never had cable and got rid of Netfix!
This is such a great list. I do a lot of these, my favorite is using the crockpot. That thing is my best friend in the kitchen 🙂 I really need to implement the “power hour” though, and “turn off the distraction (computer)” at the same time! Thanks for the tips!
Thanks for the great post. I struggle with doing things at night so that I’m ready to go in the morning, but it does make for a smoother morning when I do. I also like to institute a “power hour” for tasks like cleaning. I actually set the timer and when it goes off I stop. It really helps with time management. Otherwise I find myself in a spiral of tasks…I put something away in a drawer, then notice that the drawer needs to be organized…then while putting things away from that drawer…then I go to throw something away and realize I need to take out the trash and then disinfect the trashcan…meanwhile the dishwasher still isn’t unloaded. 🙂 If I know the timer is going to go off…I find I can focus a little better.
For #7, we found that making dinner takes a lot less time when we plan the menu and plan for leftovers. Making a double batch takes not much longer than making a single batch, but we get two meals out of it. Another option is preparing a lot of an ingredient (like grating cheese or cooking rice) and using some in one meal and some in another, without having to repeat the prep work.
Great list! My distraction is definitely this computer on my lap right now 😉 Thanks for the tips…I think we could all use a bit more time the day!
Love this article… I used it to feed my FB page… daily. Thanks for the share… we don’t realize that time is precious and must be protected.