3 Funky Ways to Squeeze More Time Out Of Your Day
by Kayla Howard
Most everyone has wished for more hours in a day. Maybe not every day, but at some point in your life, I'm sure you've thought about managing time and squeezing more hours of a single day.
Over the past two years I've seen a dramatic increase in what I can do in a day. This made me think about some of the changes I made to achieve this. Honestly, the most important changes were mindset changes, and that is not what this particular article is about. Even do, there are 3 things that I do now which I did not do before. Are you ready for the list?
This is not your normal list of ways to get more time out of your day. You won't find "get up earlier" or "move faster" or anything like that. Although those are great ideas, I was more interested in sharing ways that I personally make better use of my time.
#1 Waiting and Listing. Keep a journal, pad of paper, iPhone, or whatever tool you use to jot down notes near you when you go out and about. As a mom, I find myself waiting for my kids at piano lessons, ballet lessons, acting class, etc… This has been the perfect time for me to take notes, write down ideas and things I need to remember. I'm alone, and nobody cares what I'm doing during this time. You can even take voice notes or video notes!
#2 Listening and Folding. One of my greatest challenges is that I have a whole pile of coaching calls, sermons, and books on tape that I want to listen to. But my tendency is to not do anything "extra" like that until my work is done, or my kids are busy doing something else. I should say, that was my tendency. Then I got a mp3 player, and now and iPhone. Thanks to these tools you'll find my in my laundry room doing two things at once—folding and listening. You can apply this to any type of regular activity that you do around your house. Laundry just happens to be the activity that I find myself completely left alone….hmmmmm…..Do you think they are avoiding me? PST—>This is where my mindset shaping takes place!
#3 Take a ten minute power nap. I know that sounds silly. "Find more time in your day by taking a nap." Okay, how does that work? I'm totally serious though…this is the best increase of time I've found. When I'm trying to push through things I need to do, and I start to feel tired, then I become less effective and more grumpy. Taking 10-20 minutes to lay down, even if you do not sleep, will replenish your energy much more than you suspect. Your time after that will count for full time again.
Most importantly, you must do what works for you. Making a detailed plan to follow each week may be the perfect way to keep yourself on track. On the other hand, if you are like me, it would be the very thing that would absolute frustrate you to tears and make you hate life. I cannot over emphasis this point. There are concepts that work great for all people, but how you get there is very different depending on how God made you to operate.
Tell me your thoughts. Do you have funky ways of expanding time?