You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyoncé.
Yes, you have the same 24 hours as she does. Yes, she has a staff and handlers...but maybe she's also just really good at managing her time. Let's channel our inner Beyonce and see if we can find you a few more minutes (maybe even an hour!) every day.
Manage your time by finding lost time.
Lost time is time that you didn’t even realize you were wasting in the first place. It's like putting spare change in a piggy bank and one day you realize it’s totaled over $100!
There are ways to find little bits of time that are often overlooked because people tend to think of time management as being large blocks of time available. You can do a lot with just ten or fifteen minutes.
Don’t waste the time you have while waiting in a doctor’s office. Grab your planner and plan out the rest of your week, or answer emails on your phone. If you're really on top of it, you can get a treadmill with a desk so you can multitask while walking up those virtual hills. Multitask!
Realize not everything that seems important...is.
It only seems that way, and it can be a tough lesson to learn. If something isn’t a matter of you being happy and succeeding personally or professionally, then it’s not important.
Run ahead, not behind.
When you get behind schedule, it can make you feel a lot of pressure and it adds stress to your life. Try to get things done ahead of time because this gives you a buffer in time management. You know you should do this, you little procrastinator.
Take time to plan, reflect, and retry.
Every morning take 15 minutes to create an agenda, reflect on something you learned the previous day or make a game plan for retrying whatever you feel wasn't successful. You could even use a crystal pen to visualize your future like a crystal ball. Not really, but they are great for writing down your schedule!
Delegating is another great way to help with time management.
If you earn $100 per hour, then an hour of mowing the grass costs you $100. But if you pay someone $25 to mow the grass, then you saved an hour and $75 because you gained time.
Deal with emails the right way.
The number one time thief is your email inbox. Manage your time wisely with email by setting aside a specific time to deal with email and setting a time limit on how long you’ll take responding to the messages.
If they’re not important, don’t save them to look at later because they’ll only pile up in your inbox.
Beware, once you become more intentional with your time, you will feel like a superhero! Life gets simply easier and enjoyable.
Lastly, Carpe Diem, the world is waiting for the new organized you.
Do you have any tips to finding more time? Share them in the comments.