Ever thought to yourself that there just isn’t enough hours in the day?

Ever heard yourself tell others that you are too busy?

Well, you are most certainly not alone. It seems that everyone is overwhelmed with things to do these days, and feeling stressed out because of it. But it’s time to change that.

There are some shortcuts to finding extra time in your day which can help you get more done, but more importantly help you to feel more energised, connected to life and inflow while going about your daily tasks. Here are my top tips for making the most of your valuable time.



1. Get up a little earlier

Getting up a little earlier than you need to can give you some extra “me time” and help ensure that you have plenty of time to get ready before heading out. It doesn’t have to be much, even 20 minutes earlier can make a big difference. By allowing plenty of time to get ready you can enjoy your morning more and make sure you don’t start the day in a rush or panic by running late.


2. Wake up time

For fun, why not challenge yourself to not press snooze on your alarm for 1 week? See if you notice a difference in how you feel and experiment with different ways to use that extra time. 


3. Create a realistic to do list

Something we can all be guilty of is putting too many things on our to-do list. So, of course, we’re going to feel like we haven’t achieved much at the end of the day if we haven’t ticked off every item. But, let’s be honest, we were never going to tick everything off anyway as the list wasn’t realistic. Instead, pick three things you absolutely have to get done in the day and do those first – all of those other tasks you’d like to do are just bonuses if you get to them. By ticking off the big, important things first you’ll feel like you achieved a whole lot more too. 


4. Clean up your inbox

Is your email inbox overflowing with unread emails? Notes from stores about sales or messages from Facebook telling you that you have a notification, perhaps? We waste a huge amount of time checking, reading and sorting our emails every day (and some of which we delete straight away anyway). So save yourself some time by cleaning up your inbox.

Here’s how:

  • Unsubscribe from weekly emails from stores or businesses if you don’t read them regularly or look forward to them arriving in your inbox.
  • Set-up rules so certain emails go straight into special folders so you can read them later when you have time (this works great for eMagazines or sale notices).
  • Update your notification preferences in Facebook so you don’t get so many emails from Facebook (especially if you are on there regularly anyway).
  • Give yourself dedicated email checking times throughout the day instead of checking anytime.
  • Prioritise emails from actual people (like friends and family) over those from stores or businesses.



5. Do something just for you

Sometimes you just have to make the time in the day for a little “me time”. It feels good to feel like I have done something I like during the day. It might be as simple as reading a magazine while eating my breakfast (instead of eating breakfast in a rush while getting ready), sitting down with a cup of tea after getting home before starting with dinner, or taking a bath instead of a shower in the evening to enjoy a quick soak in the bath. By not rushing around so much you’ll feel much calmer and restore your energy for the next task.


7. Make the most of waiting

You know those times when waiting for the traffic light to go green, your coffee to arrive or a line to move? Do you usually get a little frustrated about waiting perhaps? Well if you do, let’s change your perception of these “waiting times”. Instead of getting bothered and stressed by them, let’s see them as precious gifts of stillness. When they happen, take the time to breathe deeply, think of a happy thought or bring to mind your favourite song. Pass the time in a happy, relaxed state instead of willing things to hurry up. Take back those lost moments for yourself. 


8. Plan your meals

Getting organised with your main daily meals ahead of time can really help free you up from being in the kitchen throughout the week. Here are some easy ways to help you save time in the kitchen: •Start the week by making a note of all the meals you will make during the week •Do one big shop each week for ingredients, instead of shopping daily •Try making lots for dinner so you can enjoy leftovers for the next lunch •Or make your lunch while waiting for dinner to cook •Bag all the ingredients together for each nights dinner at the beginning of the week so you don’t have to go sorting through the fridge and pantry every time you make dinner.


9. Spend more time in bed

Having a good bedtime ritual is important as it will help you to end the day with some quiet time. If you go to sleep relaxed then it’s much more likely that you’ll wake up feeling calm and refreshed, ready for a productive day following. It’ll also be easier to get the sleep if you have some quiet time before closing your eyes. So read a book, write in your journal, meditate or listen to some relaxing music to help you unwind before sleep.



Written by: Karen Russell