Throughout each year we often find ourselves searching for more time. Time to exercise, extra time to study, time to hangout with friends and time to call our parents. It seems the 24 hours in a day are not enough for all we need to accomplish. Most of the time, the way we spend our time is the problem. Here are a few tips to help you come up with more time.
Use a Planner
Getting behind can be the cause of a lot of stress and wishing for more time. But, getting behind can be blamed on finishing one task and not knowing another is biting at your heels. Keeping a planner allows you to have a weekly, or even monthly, to-do list. Finishing tasks seems a lot easier when you're able to check them off one by one. So instead of finishing a hard week and taking days off to relax, have a planner that allows you to look ahead and start spreading out the next events you must accomplish. Having your responsibilities down in a planner will help you get ahead which will give you more time to deal with random additional tasks that pop up. Here's how to correctly utilize a planner.
Put Your Phone Down
... Really, put it down. SmartPhones have become the ultimate distraction in our everyday lives. Eliminating excess time being spent on your cell phone must first begin with being aware of how much time you're wasting on it. Lucky for you, iPhone users have a feature that many people need to look into.
For an inside look on just how much time you're spending on your iPhone, go to your iPhone settings > battery. Wait for the battery usage to load, and examine how many minutes each application is on your phone screen. Add up all of that time and you will be able to see how you are wasting a few hours of your day. To find more time, put your phone down.
Track Your Sleep
Pay attention to how much you're sleeping and read up on the recommended amount of sleep for your age group. Just because you feel tired does not mean you need more sleep. Time can be wasted on napping and oversleeping, so pay attention to your sleep schedule. If you go to sleep at 1 a.m., make sure you're setting an alarm for 9 a.m. This will inevitably make you to wake up earlier, which is probably exactly what you need to make more productive hours in the day.
Schedule your Weekends
Weekends are a time of relaxation. However, they can be a time of catching up or getting ahead, too. In addition to unwinding, many tasks can get done on the weekends. Instead of watching another TV show of a series you really don't even care about, begin planning or beginning the next responsibility you need to get done. Looking ahead will help you save time before the week even begins. Getting things done over the weekend will enforce you going into the next week less anxious about your duties, so help yourself and use weekends wisely.
Save yourself from feeling overwhelmed by controlling simple aspects of time in your everyday life. You will find yourself becoming a lot more productive and a lot less stressed.