Day in and day out, there isn’t one person on this planet that couldn’t do with a little more time in their day. A lot of remember Mom and Dad complaining that if they could just put two or more three more hours in the day, they could catch up. Well, it’s just not going to happen.
We will all have to learn to deal with the 24 hours a day we have and after you get a good night’s sleep, it’s more like 16 hours. So, how do we make it stretch to accommodate our needs? Below are some suggestions that might help. Afterwards, you might actually have enough time for a nap. Wouldn’t that be nice?!
Pay Someone to Do It
Sometimes, money can be in as short supply as time, but when it’s not and you need to shave some extra time out of your day, pay someone to do whatever it is you need to be done. This is one of the major attractions of condo living. When you buy a condo, you will pay a homeowners fee.
This makes a lot of the little time thieves like taking off the trash, mowing the lawn, simple home maintenance, painting, and landscaping a thing of the past. If you own something other than a condo, consider paying someone to handle the more dangerous home improvements, the plumbing, and any electrical problems.
There are also things along the way that we have learned to do by ourselves in order to save money, but there are times that saving time is the more necessary option. So, paying someone to change the oil in your car, cut and style your hair, walk your dog, or do your grocery shopping for you could buy precious hours.
Learn to Say No
In life, there are so many wonderful things to partake in. Hanging out with friends, family vacations, weekend getaways with your significant other, family get-togethers, and girls/boys night out. There are also events that we dread, like working overtime, school fundraisers, and family get-togethers. (Yes, we realize that’s in both categories:)
Every situation in the list requires a piece of out of our day, but none of them are always necessary. As much fun as it is to hang out with friends, sometimes it’s more important to take a break in our routine for some much-needed peace and quiet. Spending time with your family is important. There is no doubt about that.
However, if you are like most families, when holidays roll around, you spend the majority of the time traveling from house to house. You don’t have to be at every family gathering. Take the extra time to catch up on time with your kids.
As helpful as fundraising is to your child’s school, there are going to be times when you can’t spare the extra hours of going door to door (because let’s be honest, you just can’t sell enough at work to make a difference) selling wrapping paper. Learn to say no.
Multitasking is a Talent
Along the road of life, especially as an adult, we learn that there are several things within a day to get done. Sometimes, we just have to prioritize and put off the rest for later, but other times life offers us an opportunity to multi-task. Make no mistake.
This is a talent and the majority of information states that women are better at it. For example, a stay at home mother can start a load of laundry and while that load is washing, she will do the dishes, pay all the bills over the phone or internet, rescue the baby from the cat, and check the mail before the load ever finishes washing.
Find yourself having to spend a lot of time on the road, utilize that hands-free phone. Handle your appointments, hire that plumber, or spend some time talking to Mom while you are on the road. Take the laptop to the kitchen and type up that paper while you are cooking dinner. Look for ways to combine tasks and save a ton of time while getting more done.
Time is the most valuable commodity in the universe. Once it’s spent, you can never get it back. Use these tip to make sure you have enough to do what you need to do.