There are 24 hours in a day but it's understandable if you feel these are barely enough! You might be wondering what life could have looked like if we had more time to ourselves? And perhaps when you finally you do get the free time, it still doesn’t feel like a free time - it's all too easy to let worries crowd in. Relax and read on: you're in the right place.
This article aims to give you tips on how best you can maximize your time. We'll also take a look at why it's important to maximize your time and the advantages of maximizing your time. This will pay dividends both today and in the future.
Why should you maximize your time?
Maximizing your time helps you put things in better perspective. Many people struggle with time management and are always caught trying to finish or round up things they could have done conveniently had they maximized their time. Don't worry - this happens to everybody at some point. We'll go over some practical tips in just a minute.
There are plenty of advantages to be derived when you successfully maximize your time and they include:
- Helping you to deal with things in the appropriate order hereby reducing your stress levels.
- Helping you utilize your time hereby increasing your productivity.
- Maximizing your time successfully helps to boost your confidence.
Practical tips for how to maximize your time
People mistakenly think that only work time needs to be maximized; the fact is that your free time needs to be maximized as much as your work hours! Without successfully planning on how you can get the best out of your free time, it'll becomes another regular day: 24 hours wouldn’t be enough.
Here are a few tips that would help you get the best possible out of your free time:
Plan: The absence of a concrete plan - or even a rough plan - would make your free time seem like every other day. Nothing can be as annoying as having a free day and still not getting things done! You can plan mentally head on how you want your free time to go and even if you are not putting pen to paper to actually jot down the things you intend to do, at least start by having an idea. Jot down ideas on your phone's memo app if needed; then you'll have a "wish list" of things to do for whenever you do manage to get some free time.
Say no nicely to extra volunteer work where you have your day mapped out. Nothing can ruin the plans to enjoy your free time more than unplanned extra work. If you can turn it down, please turn it down. You deserve free time too! Saying no can be hard, but you need to be a good friend to yourself before you can be a good friend to others. Some phrases you can use to say no nicely are: "I'm so sorry, but I already have plans that evening." (Yes, even if your plans are to curl up with a good book or watch a TV show to unwind). Another option is "Sorry, I just can't do it - my hands are already full." This lets them know that you can't do it, and (equally importantly) that you are already overwhelmed. If someone just doesn't get the message, be more forceful "Sorry, I just cannot do it - that just won't work for me." If you're not an assertive type, it will really make it easier on you if you practice those sentences out loud in front of a mirror.
Declutter: Prior to your free time, try as much as possible to declutter your living space. This means you can actually relax when you get your free time, without worrying about how much work you left behind.
Truthfully, nothing can be compared to having some alone time to pamper yourself. Those who do it have 24 hours just like you! You can take these easy steps to help yourself to the free time you surely deserve.