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Feeling as though we don’t have enough time in the day to do all the things we need to do could help us see where we’re putting our focus and what we’re prioritizing. Tracking our activities for a few days can help us identify the areas where we can make adjustments. Two questions help us see where we can find time after doing this calendar audit: Can I do less of this activity? Can I do more during this time?
Getting organized is crucial. Leaving tasks up to chance or doing them when we feel like it basically guarantees that they don’t get done. We need to calendar our tasks and show up to them when we say we will. But, finding time is not about cramming more activities into our day. It’s about setting boundaries, establishing priorities, and making choices that align with our values.
Here are other helpful tips:
- Other people’s urgent tasks are not our responsibility or priority.
- Combine tasks: Look for ways you can multitask when appropriate. For instance, you can listen to an audiobook while commuting.
- Delegate: Are there tasks that you don’t have to do yourself? Delegating can help us focus on what’s most important.
- Eliminate distractions: This is challenging since there seems to be an abundance of things with which to distract ourselves. Many of our favorite distractions typically give us a nice hit of dopamine or instant gratification; but, they only lead to procrastination.
- Time Blocking: Give yourself a specific amount of time to complete a task. This may have to be revised, but it’s important to constrain ourselves because a task can take one hour or four if we let it.
Most importantly, ask yourself: What’s my goal today, this week, this month? Then, do the tasks that will get you closer to those goals.
And, as always… do not beat yourself up if you come up short.
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