How I Found More Time

Ever wonder how some people seem to get more done?

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Several months ago, I found myself doing A LOT!  I started my MBA in April 2012, this blog in May 2012, and began writing a weekly article for The Jackson Sun in May 2013.  During the months of May – July of 2013, I was averaging writing over 3,000 words per week.  This was an extremely stressful season of life.  I also forgot to mention… this was all done in addition to my full time job.

I quickly learned something had to give, but it was not something which had to be done, and all of it had to be done.  This required an amazing amount of time spent scheduling activity.  Each of these responsibilities had specific deadlines with them, which served as the basis for planning.

3 Ways I Found More Time

1.   SchedulingIf you have ever listened to Dave Ramsey, even for 10 minutes, you have probably heard something like this.  “Spending you money on paper, on purpose, before the month begins.  When you do this, it will feel as if you have gotten a raise.  Tell your money where to go so you don’t have to ask where it went.”  This same advice can be applied to time.  When you schedule your day, before it begins, you will be amazed at how much more time you feel like you have.

2.   Say “No”This was one of the hardest things for me to do.  I love to say “Yes” to everyone… every time.  In seasons of busyness, we can’t afford to take on new responsibilities.  This is not forever, but for the here and now and for sanity.

3.   Don’t Sleep Much (Not advisable…but honest)This is simply a fact.  Not one of the items I would recommend, but what I had to do to get it all done.  In the future, this can serve as a reminder of what “biting off more than you can chew” looks like.

Please leave your comment below – What have you done to find more time? Do you ever stay up all night?

Comments

  1. Let's Grow Leaders says:

    People are shocked when I say I don’t watch ANY TV, but it’s true. Lot’s of time to be found there.

    • That is impressive. I have tried cutting back myself…and now it’s football season. My Tennessee Volunteers are not much to watch this year but the Titans are off to a great start. 🙂

  2. I totally appreciate your third tip for your honesty! You can’t push yourself to the limit and always get eight good hours a night. Luckily, for most of us, those push times come in cycles and aren’t forever.

    I’ve also found more time by either letting go (and just not doing it at all) or delegating those things that I didn’t have to be the one to do it. I’ve discovered over the years that some reports etc just weren’t worth the time trade off and letting them go gave me more time to work on what actually mattered.

    • Why is it so difficult for us to say no? I remember Dr. Henry Cloud talking about why some rose buds must be trimmed. To many buds to nourish. Larger, prettier roses are produced when more nourishment can get to them. Thanks Alli!

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