16 Ways To Stop Wasting Time, Get More Done & Feel Much Happier

"I am such a time waster. How do I stop doing that?"

"How can I be more productive throughout my day?"

"I feel like my day just passes me by without doing a single thing."

"I need to start being more productive TODAY!"

There are 168 hours in a week.

For many of us, that doesn't seem to be enough. Time just races on by and stops for no one.

If you find yourself asking “where does all of my time go?”

”¦then keep reading.

Use this list to help you figure it all out.

See which activities you can do more efficiently. Also determine which activities you can cut back on.

Necessities You Probably Want to Keep:

 

Budget for sleep.

Eight hours of sleep is still a good rule of thumb for most adults. Experiment to see if you function just as well on seven or six hours.

 

Eat every day.

Invent your own fast food. Cook chili in batches and freeze single servings. Turn salads into a balanced meal by adding beans or slices of chicken breast.

 

Hold onto your day job.

Working and commuting take up a big chunk of most people's lives. Depending on your situation, moving closer to work or telecommuting could free up some of that time.

 

Clean your house.

Smart housekeeping goes a long way. Less clutter means less dust. Get in the habit of cleaning a little each day. Wipe the refrigerator down while your coffee brews.

 

Groom yourself.

Except for showering and brushing your teeth, most routines are discretionary. Use fewer products and get an easy care hairdo.

 

Exercise regularly.

An active lifestyle may extend your life, so why skimp here? Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. You could save some time by integrating exercise into your other daily routines, like taking the stairs and parking further away.

 

Learn new things.

Lifelong learning is well worth the investment. Take a business class or visit a natural history museum.

 

Pursue your hobby.

Time devoted to enhancing your creativity and accomplishments pays off. Schedule time for yourself just as you schedule your other important appointments. Practice playing the piano or learn to draw.

 

Connect with loved ones.

Relationships with family and friends are central to our wellbeing. Build a strong support network and take time to share experiences together.

 

Engage in spiritual practices.

If you belong to a specific faith tradition, you know which teachings you aspire to live by. Whatever your beliefs, you can focus on values that give your life purpose.

 

Stuff You Could Probably Cut Back On:

Check your messages less often.

Set a limit on how often you check emails, texts, voicemails and posts. Two ”“ five times per day is all you need.

 

Turn off the TV.

Leave the TV off except for when you intend to watch a specific program. It will cut down on channel surfing.

 

Get off the Internet.

It's easy to get carried away with browsing, social media or the latest online games. Calculate how much time you ideally want to spend online and gradually cut back until you meet your goals.

 

Abandon nonproductive thinking.

Stop them! Catch yourself when you start to feel anxious or angry. Consider whether the event is worth your attention and if there is anything you can really do about it. Pretty soon you may be enjoying an audio book rather than fuming about traffic jams.

 

Streamline your errands.

Do you find yourself making repeat trips to the supermarket because you forgot one item? Plan your weekly errands in advance so you cover everything you need with less driving time. Check which businesses have free or low cost delivery services that will spare you from any driving at all.

 

Prioritize your shopping.

Each new possession represents something else you are going to need to take care of. Examine whether it's more important for you to spend time with your children or own all the latest kitchen gadgets.

 

Managing your time more effectively will help you lead a happier and more stress-free life.

You may even find some free time on your hands!

Follow these 16 thoughts on how to make better use of your time and free up your schedule.

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