Running out of time?
I know how you feel.
About twenty years ago, I started analysing how I spent my time.
I was a busy teacher working full-time and had the pervading opinion that there were not enough hours in a day. Feeling harassed and stretched, I started to record how I spent time – at work, at home, commuting, on hobbies and socialising. The truth about how I actually spent my time was an eye opener.
Yes, I spent hours at school and working at home.
Yes, shopping, cooking, cleaning took time.
But the startling truth was that I spent a huge amount of time watching TV!
I know resting is important but I realised that I was wasting time watching shows I could have lived without. I made simple changes and started to find the time to spend on hobbies and on things that I though I would never have time to do.
Time is our most precious resource and once spent, we can’t get it back. So, do you know where you are spending your time or where you can save time? By simply deciding to log your daily routine, you will get a clearer picture of where the minutes are draining away.
No-one can spend your time for you so when you find pockets of time, what will you do with it?
What changes could you make?
Just imagine if you could find the time for yourself; time to do what you want to. It’s like going on a treasure hunt where the precious jewel is time.
Time Analysis Tool
So, if time is running away from you, jump onto
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My gift to you is my Time Analysis Tool and some templates to help you start planning your time.
In the meantime, here are some to my top tips for improving productivity by using time effectively.
- Start the night before. Getting plenty of sleep boosts productivity. You need a morning and a nighttime routine to help you sleep better and start the next day well.
- Consistency is the key so aim to keep to the same routine.
- Plan your day the night before so that you don’t have to think about what to do at the start of each day. Write all the jobs that you want to accomplish and tick them off as you complete them.
- If like me, you spend too much time deciding what to wear in the mornings, choose your clothes the night before and lay them out. Once, when I was going back to work after a long break, when I had lived in joggers, I was stumped about what to wear each day. So I spent some time organising 5 outfits onto 5 hangers – one for each day of the week. This little method helped me to get back into formally dressing each day. I didn’t have to do this after the first couple of weeks, but it certainly helped ease me back into work life. Writing this in the midst of the pandemic has made me realise that I might have to do this again when we get through this challenging season.
- Know when you are the most energetic and use that time to tackle the most demanding jobs. When you are tired, you can do the more mundane tasks.
- Make a master grocery list to help with the weekly shop.
- Plan your meals for the week. After 2 or 3 weeks you can rotate the meal planner. This is also useful when shopping for groceries.
- If you have a room to clear, remove one item from the room every time you go into it.
- Focus on organising one area of a room or even a surface. It’s amazing how getting one section cleared increases motivation to tackle a larger area.
- If you only have 20 minutes, be encouraged because you can do a lot in that time. If you spend 20 minutes every day on anything from reading to decluttering to exercising to whatever it will add up to 10 hours after 30 day!
Don’t forget, the freebie Time Analysis Tool is available at