Does it seem like you’re always running out of time? Too many things on your to-do list and not enough time to get it all done? Yeah, me too.
If you have a list of resolutions for the new year, finding more time to accomplish these goals is no doubt on your list. But how can you find more time for yourself? Luckily there are some simple steps you can take to open up your schedule and create more pockets of space for productivity, relaxation, and self-care, and I’m going to share them with you now!
7 Ways to Find More Time in the New Year
1. Start a daily planner.
Y’all know that I’m a big believer in using a planner to organize my day. Keeping a planner will help you track your appointments, daily to-do lists, and other important details. By keeping a planner, you can easily see where your time is going, the busiest times of day for you, and where you have pockets of time. A daily planner can best help you track your time and look for patterns in it. I personally love The Happy Planner.
2. Cut down on screen time.
It can be a real eye opener to see how much time we waste on social media and net surfing each day. Try to cut down on screen time by allowing yourself specific slots of time for online tasks. Set a timer if you have to, or use a lock out app to help control you desire to sit and surf. When your time is up, shut the screen off and go do something else with your time. Are you making a new year’s resolution to limit your screen time? See my tips here.
3. Use organizational apps.
With free organizational apps like Todoist, you have many ways to stay organized right at your fingertips. Try downloading a free organizational app so you can be sure you keep notes and dates straight, and even access digital reminders sent straight to your phone. For some of my favorite apps for bloggers and small businesses, click here.
4. Say no to things that don’t bring you joy.
We often feel obligated to say yes to things we don’t enjoy. Let 2017 be the year you start saying no without feeling guilty. Free up time by not committing to things that no longer bring you joy. The examples are various here, so take a hard look at the activities you say yes to and see if they are still worth your time and energy. If they’re not, let them go. This is one of the first steps in taking proper care of yourself in 2017.
5. Re-evaluate daily tasks and their importance.
How many tasks do you do each day out of habit? Now is the time to look at those tasks and see if they are truly worth your time and energy. Are they really important, or have they simply become part of a routine that you could give up? Re-evaluate your daily tasks and make sure they serve a purpose. If so, keep them. If not, it’s time to toss them.
6. Ask for help when appropriate.
Maybe you haven’t figured this out yet, but here’s the truth: you can’t be everything to everyone all the time. If there are tasks you can ask for help with, do it. You might also weigh the options of paying for help. For example, maybe 2017 is the perfect time to partner with a Virtual Assistant for your blog or business. I’d love to chat about the possibilities.
7. Implement daily life hacks to save time and energy.
The internet is full of life hacks for making your life easier. Take shortcuts when it comes to cleaning, cooking, and organizing to help relieve stress and save time. Need ideas? Just head to Pinterest and search for life hacks to find all sorts of time saving tips and tricks you can use each day.
As you can see, there are many painless ways to find more time in the new year. Consider these 7 suggestions and see if they don’t help you better manage your time and daily agendas.
Your turn: what are your best tips for finding more time in your day? I’d love for you to share them with me in a comment below.
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