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We all know the phrase, ‘there aren’t enough hours in the day’, but do you know it’s not necessarily about making time? No. It is about identifying, and utilising, the time available that lies wasted and untouched. It’s also about prioritising the time you spend engaging in meaningful, and the time you spend on non- productive, activities.
To live healthily, physically and mentally, it’s very important to stop and smell the roses. Think of your well being as a clock spring; if it’s not allowed to wind down, or doesn’t have a regular service, the spring will snap and the clock will no longer perform its intended function. This is you. Take the time now to find some ways to prioritise, and make the most of the resources you already have at your fingertips.
Travelling/Commuting – Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most obvious, but they just need pointing out to you. If you commute, whether by public transport or by car, we’re pretty sure you’ve totted up how many hours a week you spend doing this. Now imagine using those hours productively. Make a list of projects you can complete while travelling. Reading, writing, listening [audiobooks/podcasts, for example], or simply performing work tasks which will free up extra time at the end of your working day/week.
Delegation – Never be afraid to outsource tasks when you have an enthusiastic team of people waiting to take them on. You don’t have to do absolutely everything to prove yourself if there are others willing and able to take on more responsibility. You can find a lot of people on Airtaske – and other similar services that are willing to do a professional job (cleaning, ironing etc)
Time Tracking – It’s very easy to lose track of time, where did that time go? How much of the time that ‘went’, was spent being productive? There are apps you can use to track your time, and identify any dips in performance and productivity. Take note. Address those areas and make that wasted time work for you. See toggl.com.
Take Regular Breaks – This might sound counterproductive, but if you are in a position to take regular breaks, at set times of the day, you are more likely to spend your working hours productively. Sitting in front of your desktop and casually eating, drinking, and idly surfing the net can eat into more than your sandwiches. Time will escape you. It is also much better for your overall well being if you do these things mindfully. Taking yourself away from your work for lunch can also benefit you by giving you another opportunity to make more time for other things, reading a newspaper, book, or chatting with colleagues about things you might not otherwise find the time to do.
Get Up Earlier – You could gift yourself an extra seven hours a week by getting up one hour earlier each day. If you have been using your time tracker you will almost certainly have identified some daily time-wasting activities; if browsing social media, checking chat groups, and a variety of other non-essential tasks eat into your daily schedule, this extra hour can be used to clear them out of the way. Maybe you thought you never have time in your day to go to the gym, or don’t really feel like it after work. Your working day could finish one hour earlier if you are on flexi-time, or you could start your day on an adrenalin high by doing a physical activity before you start.
Write a List – Identify all areas in your life where you feel you’d like more input, time to do them! Write another list. On the second list work out how to include at least one of them each day of the week. Whether you write your list on the train, or the night before, include writing your list in your weekly routine. It is too easy for time to slip away if you don’t get organised. Create a calendar, have a shared calendar for home, and one for work. If you can see at the touch of a button what your family is doing over the course of the week, it will be easier to organise your time effectively to include that on your list.
Service Your Clock – This article started by looking at ways to save, make, and find time in order to become more productive, and promote wellness in our lives. Servicing your clock is, ‘me time’. Pun intended. When making your list put aside one hour, at the very least, to do something just for you. Maybe you would benefit from a relaxing and revitalising massage to set you up for the week ahead, or to wind down from the week behind. Maybe there’s a hobby you always wanted to take up, painting, photography, amateur dramatics, for example. Rule number one when it comes to being productive, look after yourself and everything else will follow.
Stop Saying ‘I don’t have time’. – When somebody asks us why we don’t do certain things the first thing we say is that we don’t have time. But is it really true? No. We all have 168 hours per week. Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Rene Brown, Bill Gates all have 168 hours per week, as we all do. Instead of saying ‘we don’t have time‘ let’s start saying ‘this is not a priority‘. Why didn’t you go to the gym? Because fitness is not a priority. Why didn’t you read that book? Because becoming better is not a priority. Why didn’t you book that massage? Because my health is not a priority. Do you see how immediately things change? It makes us think about what is a priority and what is not.
I hope you enjoyed this article and will create more time this week. Share with us below what is your favourite ‘hack’ to save time?
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At Siam Body & Soul we believe we have to prioritise our wellbeing. When we take care of ourselves, we are happier, we help people, we love people, and share our energy with the world.