How To Save Time
This can be a very difficult topic for some people. Be patient, and try to stay until the end.
We know how difficult it can be every day to go from one thing to the next at rapid pace, just trying to keep up with the pace of life. A lot of time that we spend feels unnecessary, while other things appear to be unavoidable. Between spending time with the kids, paying bills, running errands, doing laundry and other chores, and working a job with long hours, there is very little time that we have to ourselves. This article serves to address time constraints that we are prone to experiencing throughout the days, weeks, or throughout life in general.
Saving time can be a tricky task, because it involves both skill and innovation. You have to think outside the box in order to save time in your life, but more often than not, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how to have enough time in your day.
First off, consider the possibility that you might be spreading yourself too thin. You only have 24 hours in a day, and you should be spending 7 hours sleeping, in order for your brain to operate at peak efficiency. If you work an 8 hour shift, subtract that, and then subtract any time that you spend running errands or doing chores. These things are usually unavoidable.
Beyond that, the common time waster is social media, TV, movies, games, or other consumption of media. These forms of entertainment usually serve as a quick de-stressor to transition into the next task, but many people create a chemical dependency from these forms of entertainment, because of the short term satisfaction associated with them. Many people who are addicted to digital entertainment are aware that they should quit, but like other chemical dependencies, the addict does not posses the commitment to consistently separate themselves from the behavior. Instead, the answer may be in blending leisure and work activities in ways that become work-oriented. A couple examples of this would be coming up with creative ways to keep your house tidy, or finding an interesting podcast to listen to while you do dishes. This will require some tactile thinking.
Other people spread themselves too thin by committing to activities that just won't fit in their schedule. Clubs and organizations fall into this category. When dealing with these conflicts, you must ask yourself if your time is better allocated elsewhere. If so, then you should ask yourself if this commitment is truly a time-worthy activity for you. There are ways that you can continue practicing organization activities outside of an organization through gestures and other forms of contribution.
Another activity that wastes time is doing work yourself to save money. Perhaps you have maintenance that needs to be performed on your house, or perhaps you need to draft a document. There are people who can perform those tasks for you. Yes, you can save money by doing it yourself, but is your money you would save really more valuable than the time you would waste? Don't cut corners with this one, because it usually leads to a miserable life that is too packed with tasks to truly be enjoyed.
Having a planner can also help you manage your time, but some people do not excel at this, due to their fast-paced life and their high tolerance of chaos and discourse. We do not have an answer to this yet, but we hope to have further information after reading "Thriving in Mind: The Natural Key to Sustainable Neurofitness" by Dr. Katherine Benziger PhD.
Additionally, do not fall into the trap of multitasking. 95% of the world population cannot multitask (and everyone thinks they are among the 5% that can). Instead, what most people engage in is called "task switching" where one switches rapidly between two tasks. This wastes time, because you only give each task 50% of your attention, which usually causes you to make mistakes, which ends up costing more time in the long run.
For miscellaneous tasks that need to be completed, you can expand on the idea of hiring someone. Consider hiring a virtual assistant as a secretary to organize your day and take your calls. You will find that this can reduce your workload significantly. Not only this, but if you have a credit card, you may have access to a complimentary concierge service, where you can talk to someone that can perform tasks on your behalf and charge you for any purchased goods. This could be useful for sending your wife flowers or delivering a pizza at a moment's notice.
These are just a few of the ideas that we hope to expand upon in the near future. Mastering time is one of the hardest things one can do, because life can be very demanding. Instead of it being a habit, timing is a rhythm. It is something that has to remain continuously balanced through constant vigilance. Establishing the habits makes it easier to do, but it will never disappear into the background. Pay attention to time, and you will have plenty of it.