Whenever I have expressed the difficultly in finding time for a new hobby or to work on a goal I wanted to achieve, I’ve had people tell me that if I really wanted to to it, I’d find the time; and if I couldn’t find time, make time. Until recently I would write these people off as unsupportive ass holes; easy for them to tell me to make time, I’ll just pull an extra hour out of thin air, shall I?
But the reality is just that. If you really want to do something you have to find time or make time for it. Unlike the people who offered me this advice, I’m going to share with you my tips for putting this advice in to practice.
Utilise Empty Time
Most of us have empty time during the day. Maybe it’s a half bus ride to and from work or your lunch break; these are periods of time that you can be productive in. If you want to exercise more, you could jog home if it’s practical. If you want to read more, carry a book with you and grab a few pages here and there. If you want to blog more, carry a note book with you (or use a notes app on your phone) and write down ideas as they come to you and plot your post; this way when you sit down to write all your prep is done and you can get on with it.
Eliminate Wasted Time
We’re all guilty of this. There’s something we could be doing but we’ve gotten distracted. Scrolling through Instagram, lost down the Youtube rabbit hole or sat down to watch The Simpsons and can’t be arsed moving.
The only thing you can do is avoid the distractions. Get what you want to do done before you sit on the sofa or check any social media. Once you get started you want to keep going, and that can only be a good thing. Or if your goals are exercise based you could exercise and watch tv at the same time.
Also try to plan your meals. I know this seems a bit irrelevant, but if you know what you’re eating for the week you can get it all in one trip. This eliminates the need for multiple trips to store and will could free up a couple of hours.
There really is only one way to make more time in your day; and that is to sacrifice some of your time in bed. I would recommend waking up earlier over staying up later, at the end of the day you’re most likely sluggish and that makes it more difficult to focus.
The idea of getting up a couple of extra hours early sounds hellish, but it’s actually easier than you’d think. I usually go to bed at 11pm and set my alarm for 5am and I move my alarm out of reach so I can’t just hit snooze and roll over, I actually have to get out of bed. Once you’re in this habit it’s second nature and it’s a great way to start the day. Accomplishing tasks this early gives you a positive wave to start your day on and can make you more productive for the rest of the day.
Whether you are trying to find time to write a novel, kick your blog up a gear or just get some exercise in; if it’s important to you it’ll be worth the effort. I hope you find these tips helpful.
How do you find time to fit it all in?