As a holistic time coach I believe each person has a unique way of managing and relating to time.
But after coaching hundreds of people I have noticed a number of core strategies that nearly everyone can benefit from implementing.
I’ve compiled a list below of the top 16 ways you can save more time every day.
How you integrate these tips into your life is still up to you. So for anything that resonates ask yourself: What do I need to have in place to implement this strategy tomorrow?
This is how you make these strategies work for you.
Let’s dive in.
- Set a timer and play the 7-Minute Sweep Game after dinner; putting items back where they belong. Bonus tip: use this same strategy for your desk before leaving work.
- Watch 1 hour less of TV tonight; record shows so you can skip ads. Get the whole family to bed a bit earlier and feel much more organized tomorrow.
- Keep a running list of your favorite meals. Once or twice a week decide your meals for the next few days. Make a grocery list at the same time.
- Take 5 minutes each morning to write down your 3 highest priorities for the day. Put everything else you need to do on a separate “reminder list”.
- Take 15 minutes on Sunday to review your week. Bonus tip: involve your children and spouse so everyone is on the same page.
- Delegate one new chore or task to your children, spouse, or co-worker this week. Do this every week. Keep a running list of the tasks you can delegate.
- Act on the decisions you’ve already made. Whether it is the Goodwill pile in the corner or asking your boss for a raise, move forward today.
- Notice when you are procrastinating and be curious. Turn towards the resistance and ask yourself what is in the way. Listen.
- Let go of one activity that you hate, resent, or feel obligated to continue. Delegate or delete it completely. It’s time.
- Make sure you have at least 30 minutes each day protected from email, phone calls, drop-in conversations or other interruptions to focus on your tasks and projects; the bigger block of time the better.
- Feeling overwhelmed? Get everything out of your mind and into your favorite task manager. Open your calendar and schedule time to work on your top priorities.
- Check email only when you have time to process email. Dropping your focus to answer email is like announcing to the world that everyone else can run your day but you.
- Take breaks throughout your day to walk outside. This will increase your focus and energy more than a cup of coffee.
- Carve out time each week when you can be “Off”. This has a huge impact on your ability to focus when you are “On”.
- No matter how full your day is it doesn’t have to be rushed or busy. Make your choice today.
- Set a reminder on your phone each day to breathe deeply for 30 seconds and notice all of the good you sent out into the world.
What tips resonate with you? What tips have I missed here? Be sure to share your comments below.
About the author: Julie Gray, Holistic Time Coach works with super busy professionals and business owners who are ready to work less and contribute more. Click here to access Julie’s free e-course on the 7 Killer Time Management Mistakes You Don’t Realize You Are Making (And What To Do About It).