Everyone knows it, you want to exercise, read, learn, visit friends and family besides work, and before you know it, the day is over and you haven't been able to do any of these things.
How do you make sure you get the most out of your day and still have time for yourself? We would like to give you a few tips to make sure you can do as many activities as possible in a day.
Tip 1: Plan your week in advance
Take an A4 sheet and take 30 minutes on Sunday to gain insight into the week ahead. What are my priorities? Which appointments I cannot miss? Which days do I have something planned with friends/family?
Prioritising between different activities makes it easier to make choices. This saves your time and ensures that the most important tasks get done.
Tip 2: Combine tasks as much as possible
Sitting in the car for a long time on the way to an important appointment? Make a hands-free call or listen to your favorite podcast.
Tip 3: Make sure you know where you spend your time on
This is the most valuable tip we have. This tip requires a little more effort to make work successfully but the value obtained is huge. Set up an excel file or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free 'time-tracking sheet' and fill in for each 30 minutes what you did that day.
The important thing is to keep track of this every day. Fortunately, this task takes a maximum of 5 minutes in total. When you have tracked exactly what you spent your time on, you can now decide where you want to spend more or less time on.
Tip 4: Minimise travel time
Suppose you go to work/school first and then want to go to the gym. It would be a waste to first drive home after work, pack your stuff for the gym and change, and then get back in the car.
When you know you want to go to the gym after work or school, take your clothes with you in advance so you don't have to go back and forth and can continue in 1 go. This way, you will have lost less time and save your precious time.
Tip 5: Be prepared for the day
After you have made a clear schedule with the most important tasks, start preparing for them. Suppose you have a business meeting, decide in advance what the purpose of this meeting is and focus on it. Knowing the day beforehand what awaits you will save stress and above all time.