Far too often than we’d like to admit, many of us find it difficult – in fact, almost impossible – to juggle our responsibilities, much less find time for our families and loved ones! If you are faced with an insane amount of daily tasks, you’re not alone. It’s an everyday struggle. But what if there are some tricks you can take advantage of to make it much easier to handle all your tasks? Sometimes, it’s just a matter of setting your priorities – and finding loopholes and techniques to make it possible to deal with everything in your life, and you may be pleasantly surprised before you know it. Here’s how to make the most of your time in a day: top tips and tricks.
Do not schedule anything
And we mean just that: don’t schedule anything. Find a day or weekend when you can stay calm, stay home, relax, and go with the flow. It’s easy to get sucked into doing a tonne of activities – having dinner with colleagues, attending a sports event with your kids, or joining one committee after the other. While all these activities may make you feel like you have a purpose and you’re doing something, at the end of the day, what are they except tasks you are obligated to do just because? Yes, it’s fine if you want to do those things, especially for the sake of your loved ones or colleagues – but it’s equally important to set some time aside for yourself and do nothing. It’s also important to treat your ‘do nothing’ time as if it were any other activity you are planning to do. In fact, you’re highly encouraged to do so!
Be as organised as possible
There’s no doubt that if you want ample time for yourself and all your other tasks and responsibilities, it’s important to follow a system. You should develop a system for your system, if you get my drift. If you are disorganised, you are wasting time – because if you spend too much time just trying to remember, find, manage, and communicate rather than simply using a system to do it, you are not using your time wisely. The thing to do is work smarter, not harder. Keep in mind, though, that people may use different systems, so find the system that works best for you and stick with it. Many people have also resorted to a virtual assistant – and if you feel that you would accomplish more with the help of a VA, then hire one. It may even be the best decision you will ever make!
Avoid distractions and interruptions
Did you know that if you are interrupted just once while focusing on a task or duty, it will take you more than 25 minutes to finish the task you were doing in the first place? Granted, it is easier said than done to ensure you are not interrupted. But if there’s a will, there’s a way – unplug your landline, set your phone aside, avoid any other distractions and noises, and concentrate on what you need to do.
There are other ways to help yourself – you can minimise your travel period and even prepare your meals differently (you can, for instance, freeze your meals). The trick is to find what works for you and stick to it.