Have you created a resolution for the new year? Over the holidays, it’s
easy to be inspired and motivated to achieve your new goals. However,
when the busyness of reality sets in once again, you might find it difficult
to make time for the gym or for reading that book you’ve been dying to read.
This predicament is nothing new – who couldn’t use more hours
in their day? Thankfully, Neighborly has some tips and tricks to help
you make more time in the new year and start achieving your goals!
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Make a list – When all your “to-dos” are swirling around in your
head, it’s tough to get anything done. Get it down on paper so you
can spend less time remembering what you need to do and more time doing it.
Wake up early – Not a morning person? Waking up even 30 minutes earlier can dramatically
change the flow of your day and give you extra time to get things done.
Make use of the “in between” – It’s incredible how much you can accomplish in the “in
between,” random pockets of time in your day. Put on ‘hold’
with the credit card company? Read that article you’ve been meaning
to read. Commuting to work? Listen to an audio book during your drive time.
Time yourself – Often, we have no idea where our time is spent. Keep a journal
of the tasks you complete each day and how long it takes you to complete
them. This practice provides a wealth of information!
Delegate – You can’t do everything, so it’s OK to delegate! Whether
this be at home or at the office, take something off your plate and see
if someone else can take it on.
Call it “done” – No one is perfect. Instead of always striving for perfection, strive
for your best (whatever that may be at that point in time) and move on.
Minimize screentime – Studies have shown Americans devote more than 10 hours per day
to “screentime,” whether that be in front of a TV, computer,
or a smartphone. Take small steps to minimize this screentime. You might
do this by limiting yourself to only watching your favorite shows or setting
your phone aside at a certain time of night.
Prioritize – Decide what’s most important and make it a priority in your day.
If something can be moved to tomorrow to lighten your load, use a planner
to allocate time for the task tomorrow.
Automate when possible - Personalization is key to making lasting connections with people, but
do you find yourself getting similar emails that prompt similar responses?
Consider preparing an automated response for those messages. Still paying
your bills in person/via your mailbox? Switch to automated online payments.
Learn to say “no” – To the “people pleaser,” this one’s for you:
it’s OK to put yourself first. You can’t serve others effectively
without first taking care of yourself. Say “no” when necessary
and free up time for the things you love.
Hire a professional – Even with these time-saving tips, time is still precious and limited.
How much time do you spend mowing the lawn or cleaning your house? Hiring
someone to complete these tasks will allow you to spend more time with