Our days can get pretty fragmented. By grouping
activities together you can shave off sizable
chunks of time right away.
You can also do two things at once. An example
would be to bring reading material with you to
read while waiting on a line at the grocery store.
If you work on the most important stuff first,
and run out of time, you might realize you don't
need the other stuff anyway.
in little gaps
Save the little tasks for the little moments you
get throughout the day. Often, you just let those
five minutes go to waste. Use them; they're yours
and just as important as the hours.
If you find better ways to do things, even the
little things, a minute here and there can really
add up. Always ask yourself "can I do this
a faster, easier way?"
By making lists and keeping everything in an easy
to reach area, you'll save time by not losing
Perhaps you can do something else that accomplishes
the same thing. Like buying a prepackaged bag
of salad, instead of buying all the lettuce, tomatoes
and other stuff you need to cut up your own.
Maybe you don't even need to do some stuff. Re-evaluate
everything and see if you can do without it.
Can you settle for 95% of something you have 100%
Can someone else do things for you?
Maybe if you and another person share common tasks,
it will get done quicker. For instance, if two
women take turns bringing the kids to soccer practice;
each one can get one afternoon off.
You might be able to get more time out by putting
more intensity in. A workout might actually be
better for you if it's intense. But think about
folding laundry just a bit faster... you might
be done with five minutes to spare.
That's just plainly wasting time. Don't do it.
Sometimes if you need that extra five minutes
here or there, you might just be able to get some
time by getting up five minutes earlier to going
to bed five minutes later. As tough or unpleasant
as that seems, it might just be enough.
In any case, whatever you do, value the time you
have. Each moment is precious. Treat it as such.
You don't get it back when it's gone so use it