How to Add Hours to Your Day

It always feels like there just isn’t enough hours in the day.  We are trying to find ways to become efficient and increase productivity.  However, it can still feel like you are always running from one event to the other.

Here are a few tips that can help you gain back hours in your day.

Tip #1:  Create Rituals

Many of us have daily rituals, however, they may not help us be productive.  You can start by creating a morning routine to start your day.  For me, this includes waking up at a set time, to begin my morning prayer, meditation, and Bible study.  I make a cup of coffee and light candles as a part of my morning ritual.  Then, I my review my to-do-list and write down anything else I want to accomplish for the day.  This helps me mentally and spiritual prepare for the day ahead.  For some people they practice Yoga, exercise, etc.  It’s important to identify what will work for you.  Overtime, as you implement and practice your daily ritual, it will become easier for you to mentally transition into your work day.  You will be much more center and aware.

Tip #2: Reduce Social Media Time

This can be one of our biggest time wasters.  Although, there are numerous benefits to technology, one of the best downfalls is the incredible amount of time adults and children spend consuming information.  It is reported that adults spend 11 hours on electronic social media.  Make a decision to remove all social media alerts from your phone and computer.  Also, allow set time to respond to emails.  For example, block for time in the morning and the afternoon just to respond to emails.  This will help you from spending your entire day, just responding to email and to complete project and task that requires your focus.

Infographic: Americans Use Electronic Media 11+ Hours A Day | Statista
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Tip #3: Get Organized

As I begin to renovate my home, I realized how much stuff need need to get rid of. Decluttering and organizing your space will take time, but eventually will save you time.  Once you know where things are and aren’t guess which pile or box may contact that document, you can move much more quickly.  Getting organized with help with your rituals.  For example, putting you work clothes for the week in the same place, will help you from having to search your closet for the shirt that goes with that particular suit.

Tip #4: Ask for help or outsource

There are things in our lives that we can feel like, if I don’t do it won’t get done.  However, sometimes this can just being a way to explain our issues with control.  Allowing some else to take on a project or household task can alleviate stress and not only free up time in your schedule but mental space.  For example we can feel guilt for not cleaning the house or fixing that broken door handle, but this can be remedied by hiring someone are even just asking for help from our family and friends.

Tip #5: Meditate

Ok, so you’re probably thinking how is meditating going to help me save time.  It is counterintuitive; but can work.  In order to speed up, you have to slow down.  Oftentimes, we are moving fast and rushing in our lives, but going in the wrong direction.  Slow down and take time to contemplate.   Give yourself room to think.  If you’re constantly going, you may miss an easy solution to your problem.  Meditating will also help you set priorities.  Once you clarify what is important to you and your family; it will become easier to make decisions and to say no to distractions and time wasters.