How to do more with the time you have

I know you’re busy, right? Seems like we all are. Especially this time of year. But are you really busy as you think?

One of the most common excuses I hear is “I don’t have time to do that.” And maybe, like many people, you go to a 9-5 job, have kids and are frantically getting them ready for school or daycare in the morning and have just enough time at night to eat dinner and put your kids to sleep before collapsing, exhausted in your bed. Totally valid use of your time and thus totally valid excuse, right?

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Wishing you had more time?

Not so fast… when I was busy writing my book, I was working two jobs and six days a week. I was also taking care of my 3 year old and doing yoga teacher training. In addition to all, that I still found time to work out at least 5 days a week. I’m not saying this to brag, just to show you what’s possible. How did I fit it all in? I’ll teach you:

  1. You can do a lot in 15 minutes- Think of all the times you have wasted 15 minutes because you didn’t feel like it was enough time to do anything? Maybe you had time waiting for the doctor, or waiting for a meeting to start, maybe -miracle of all miracles- your kids were ready 15 minutes early for school. What did you do with that time? Plop down and watch TV? Scroll through your Facebook feed? What if you used those 15 minutes instead- If your goal is to get in shape thats enough time to do some squats, lunges, burpees and push-ups, no equipment required. If you want to write a book or improve your blog how about using that time to brainstorm ideas or create an outline for a post or chapter? You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish in 15 minutes!
  2. Schedule your time- Schedule in time to work on your goals and protect that time with your life. If you need to drop your child off at school at 9am, you would make time for that right? Start to carve out time for all your priorities by creating a calendar with each of your obligations. Put the calendar in your phone and set your cell phone to remind you. Be very picky about letting people affect that time that you scheduled.
  3. Plan, plan, plan- I know that for me, sometimes I have a chance of 30 or 40 minutes and I feel like I COULD do something but I get so overwhelmed I don’t know where to start. That’s where a plan comes in handy. Those 15 minute chances are great for creating the plan if you don’t already have one. If you are interested in writing a book, this could be an outline with deadlines, for fitness, create a workout plan or have a professional create one for you, for blogging your could create topics and start outlining them so that you don’t have to start with a blank page each time you decide to write.

Try out these tips and let me know if they help you find more time in your day to get more done. What would you like more time to work on?

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