How to Get More Hours
in a Day
Have you ever thought, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day.”? You’re not alone. The next time you think this, take a second to observe how really busy, well-organized people navigate through their day. Do they seem frazzled, rushing from one task to another? Probably not. People who have a lot on their plate know how to get more hours in a day and manage their time. Most of us would like to squeeze more time out of each day, although knowing how is another matter. The good news is you can do it. Here are three tips on how you can get more hours in a day:
- Embrace the planner in you
- Prioritize and delegate
- Do tasks in batches
3 Ways to Get More Hours in a Day
- Embrace the planner in you. Many people feel like they are always a day late and a dollar short. If you are missing out on life beyond office or housework because you have too many tasks on your to-do list, you are not alone. So many people operate in this manner, that a term has been coined to describe the behavior. This all too common problem is known as ‘the planning fallacy.’ That means that people forget to factor in basic things when they are planning out time to do tasks. What does this mean exactly? Simply factor in time for lunch, a quick errand run, or taking care of emails. Having an organized plan will help you to feel like you are getting more hours in your day.
- Prioritize and delegate. Have you ever noticed that if you are in the house all day, you will always find something that needs to be put away, washed, dried, and dusted? Prioritize what you need to do and focus on those tasks until they are done. A tip that busy people seem to all know? Focus on getting the difficult tasks done early in the day. If you have too much work for the amount of time you have to do them, delegate. Shorten your list of to-dos by asking your spouse or children to help.
- Do tasks in batches. We get it – changing habits is not easy, but when you make a change you’ll start seeing the positive results of your work. Take email, for example – are you constantly writing and responding to emails throughout the day? Take a tip from busy professionals, such as physicians. They aren’t emailing patients throughout the day, simply because they don’t have the time. They take out time once or twice a day and respond in batches. You can apply the same concept to anything that interrupts the flow of the day. Instead of going to the grocery store in the morning and then to the post office later in the day, batch the errands together. You’ll be sure to get more hours in the day.
With these tips, you’ll be sure to become more organized, and feel like you are getting the most out of your day!