By: Tori Leckie
We’ve all been guilty at times of complaining about being too pressed for time. Between work, rest and play, traffic jams on Sheikh Zayed Road and bottomless coffee at Costa, days fly by and we run out of hours. But I, for one, am becoming increasingly aware that everything I want to find time for gets a slot in my schedule. I always find time to travel the world and run races, I always find time to embark on terrific adventures in all four corners, I always find time for my daily yoga fix and I always find time for the people I cherish.
It all comes down to priorities. Maximizing YOUR time is about focusing on the things that are important to YOU. Time is the most important non-renewable resource that each of us has so to not spend it wisely is to do our lives an injustice.
So today’s post … 12 top tips to maximize the hours in your day.
- Identify how you spend your time
Identify any areas where time is being wasted. What counts is not the amount of time that you put in overall, but the amount of time that you spend working on worthwhile tasks.
- Set goals
By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you will know exactly where to concentrate your efforts. Working towards set goals is also a great motivator.
- Keep a ‘to do’ list
Ticking off jobs as you do them gives you a real sense of satisfaction and spurs you on to complete the rest — plus you’ll spend less time thinking about what you need to do.
Sort out your priorities and deal with the important things first … otherwise there’s too great a temptation to do the things that you want to do rather than the things that you need to do.
- Do it right first time
Take the time to do things correctly or to the best of your ability first time round. The fewer mistakes you make, the less time you’ll waste going back and having to do it all over again.
- Stop procrastinating
Procrastinating is especially easy if you’re surrounded by lots of distractions so try controlling your environment by removing most of those distractions.
- Get organised
Being disorganized only wastes time. Declutter your living and working environment and put things that you don’t need well out of the way — or better still, get rid of them!
Hand over any tasks that someone else can do — particularly if they can do them faster or just as well as you. This can be applied both at work and at home.
It is possible to get the most out of the time available by multi-tasking … just beware of overload and focus instead of combining your tasks well. I, for example, will listen to the audio books on my list whilst I am running.
- Learn to say ‘no’
Learning to say ‘no’ can be one of the best things you can do to free up time. If asked to do something, ask yourself ‘Is this my responsibility?’ or ‘Am I the best person for the job?’ If the answer is ‘no’, then say no!
- Keep concentrating
If you really need to get on with something, lock yourself away and switch off your phone until you’ve completed a particular task. The world will not end if you do not reply instantly to BB messages or FB invitations!
- Look after yourself
Take time out to look after yourself. Nobody can be on the go all the time and by maintaining a healthy balance in your life, you can respond to problems and tasks in the best way possible.
Finally, bear in mind that you have exactly the same hours in the day as were given to Mother Teresa, Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci and Albert Einstein.
Perhaps Jim Rohn said it best when he said, “Either you run the day or the day runs you.”
I suggest opting for the former!
Have a great week.
Blogger’s Bio: Tori Leckie is a writer, a runner, a blogger and an adidas athlete. She travels alot, plays hard, works a little and makes every day a grand adventure. Heard of Tim Ferriss’s much acclaimed book, the 4-Hour Work Week? Well, Tori is a living, breathing Dubai-based example of this. She’s designed her own life to make every day a gift and is now helping the nabbesh community do same. Visit her blog (www.fitchicksandfastwomen.com), ‘like’ her on Facebook (Fit chicks & fast women) and enjoy her winning words!