As the ancient proverb says, ‘You have as much time in the day as Beyonce.’
Of course she has a (slight) advantage over us. She has a lot of help, but you know she works hard too. She’s a wife, mother and she is independent with a hugely successful career.
And the fact remains, Beyoncé has no more hours in the day as the rest of us.
The same applies to other successful people you might know personally or work with. How do they find the time to squeeze so much in with the same amount of hours as you have?
I have a friend who seems to be able to manage a busy social life, working for herself, going to the gym, a boyfriend, hanging with her fam and friends, as well as about five different entrepreneurial ventures – and I often think how?
If you’re anything like me, I struggle to find time to work a full time job, work on this blog, spend time with my boyfriend, family and friends as well as going to the gym, cleaning the house, doing a food shop – even finding time to wash my hair – thank god for Batiste!
When I’m on top of my A-game and feeling like I’m getting shit done and balancing life a little better, I’m usually doing the following 10 things.
Read on for my top tips to find more time in the day and to generally organise your day a little better.
- Wake up early
Many successful people talk about waking up early and it is just part of their day.
I’m 100% not a morning person, but if I get into a routine of waking up between 5-5.30am, I’m like a whole different woman.
Before anyone else has woken up, it’s completely my time where I can work on whatever I want.
Whether that’s time in the gym, working on my book or just doing some reading or meditation – it really is a special part of the day, where you’re going to be completely undistracted by a better offering and just do your thang.
Robin Sharma developed his 5 am club to help people get the most of waking up early, he has podcasts, books and articles for tips so I’d definitely start there if you need some advice on how you can make it a success.
- Manage your year, months, weeks, days
If you have a huge task you’ve been wanting or needing to get done, but it’s going to take some time to achieve – make sure you’re breaking it down so that you’re working little and often.
There’s no point in setting yourself to work a full day on a Sunday, and then not looking at it again for another month.
Instead, think about the end goal and work out all of the steps you need to take to get there.
Consider realistically how long it will take, and then work backwards by month, weeks and days.
What do you need to be doing today to reach your goal in X months?
One of my main goals is to write a book. So if I was to break down the word count to around 75,000 words and I wanted to write it in around six months, then I’d have to write 12,500 words per month. That’s 3,125 words per week and 447 (ish) words per day.
It seems much more manageable than saying I’m going write a 75,000-word book by next April.
Of course, there are a lot more elements which factor in, but it’s a good way to focus your mind and set small targets.
- Set small manageable goals
On that note, make sure you continue to set small goals. There’s no point in having this massive target and not rewarding yourself until you reach it.
Enjoy the journey and make time to celebrate the smaller goals – so set some targets. To use the example above, this might be that I want to write my first chapter.
Don’t stress about the rest of the unwritten chapters, be proud that you’ve made the first step and use that as momentum to carry on writing more.
- If it’s a priority, you will find the time
I watched this brilliant TED Talks on how when something is an absolute necessity we suddenly find the time to get it done.
The example used, is if you were to have a broken shower, you’d suddenly somehow find the extra time which you didn’t have before to get it fixed.
You make it a priority.
The concept applies to that thing you want to get done, so make it a priority and find extra time in your day to work on it.
- Find small pockets of time over the day
Okay, I’m massively guilty of spending ridiculous amounts of time aimlessly scrolling on my phone.
I know that’s pretty much the same for most of us, but really how much time are we actually wasting on our phones?
If that time was used productively to work on our relationships, hang out with our friends, or work on ourselves – how much happier would we be?
Use that time you’d normally wasted on your phone, in front of the TV to spend 10, 15 minutes, however long you’d waste and read an interesting article about your field or go for a short walk around your town or write some notes about your goals.
These short pockets of time, soon add up to one or two hours throughout the day and you’ll suddenly see it paying it off as the time adds up.
- Use your lunch break
This is such a biggy for me.
As important as it is to make sure you get away from your desk, build relationships with your colleagues and network, lunchtime is such a great way to work on your thang.
Whether that be getting in half an hour of gym time or working on your side hustle. If you work the ‘normal’ Monday to Friday, you could gain an extra five hours of work a week which you normally, if you’re anything like me, sit at your desk or laze around in the canteen with your friends for the hour.
If you take public transport it’s a given that you can take some time to work on you.
Whether it’s doing some reading, making notes on your phone or just gathering your thoughts and making plans in your head. Make sure you use that time wisely.
If you drive, podcasts are a brilliant way to learn something new or listen to a specific topic which will help you in your hustling.
- Make sure you’re getting the most out of your allocated time
Lastly, if you’re not feeling it, come back to it another day. There’s no point sitting there struggling to motivate yourself if the drive just isn’t there.
You want to be full of energy and excited to get it done, not finding it a chore and dragging yourself to the gym or in front of your laptop.
Make sure you don’t get distracted by your phone and sit there in the Whatsapp chat if you’re supposed to be working on you.
Be present and get the most out of the time you’re giving it. If it’s important to you, make sure you give it the focus it needs – go get it gurl!
What are your top tips to find more time?