There never seems to be enough hours in the days! That’s what a lot of people think anyway. There’s always other things we should be doing, and more time we should be spending with family. But there are ways to get the most out of your day, and avoid feeling like you’ve wasted anything. With our lives slipping by, it’s important to live each day to the fullest!
Plan Your Day
Sitting down in the morning and planning what you need to do and when it needs to be done for can have a huge impact on your productivity levels. That way, you can work through the list and get onto each job straight away, rather than having to pause and work out what needs doing next.
Task management is a key tool, and is an excellent way of getting things done quicker. If you work out what jobs are most important, and tackle them first, then at least they’re out of the way in case you do run out of time later. Try not to leave bigger jobs for the end of the day as you may end up rushing them, or simply forgetting all about them.
Be More Organized
Organizing yourself and your family will save a lot of time and hassle. Pre-plan outfits and pack bags the day before to avoid the morning rush. And writing meal plans for the week means that grocery shopping is much easier, quicker, and more cost effective.
Once you get going, try not to get distracted from the task in hand. Social media, magazines and television programmes can all turn us towards procrastination. Finish a job, then have a five minute break if you need to. But make sure those five minutes don’t drag out too long!
Take Time Out
This may sound counter-productive, but without having breaks and pauses throughout the day, you will eventually burn out. Lunch and coffee breaks are important at home and in the office, giving you a moment to pause and relax. You’ll feel refreshed and much more productive after them, and they will be worth the few minutes of delay.
If there is too much work to do, leave to delegate and outsource. Enlist the help of a work colleague, ask a family member to collect the children from school, or speak to a housekeeping company if there is too much housework to cope with. You can’t be expected to deal with everything, and learning to delegate is a vital tool in all aspects of life.
Look After Yourself
Most importantly, look after your mental and physical health. If you run yourself into the ground, you won’t be able to do anything. Ensuring you live a healthy lifestyle, with nutritious meals and regular exercise will keep your energy and productivity levels up. Make sure you get enough sleep as well, as tiredness and fatigue can have a huge impact on how you feel and how well you can focus.