This is a guest post by Anil Merchant.
“I don’t have enough time.”
“I’m too busy.”
“There aren’t enough hours in the day.”
On average, I hear at least one of these expressions twice a day. And quite frankly, I’m a bit tired of it. So I decided to make it my personal mission to rid the world of these phrases.
Okay, not really. That’s probably too ambitious of a goal. But I would like to help people realize that they do in fact have enough time to, lets say, go to the gym, start a new project, read a book, spend more time with their family, or whatever else they may be skipping out on.
I Know Time Is a Limited Resource
You see, I’m one of the many people that is incredibly pressed for time. I’m a Software Engineer working full-time at my present company and I recently began working on a new venture part-time.
I also make it a point to go to the gym at least 5 times per week, spend time with my family, and read for pleasure.
So, needless to say, time is not easy to come by. And I’ll often get asked, “Anil, how the heck do you manage to do all these things?!?”
Well, it’s really quite simple.
I make efficient use of my time!
I know, that sounds like a very flippant and somewhat anti-climatic answer.
But, let me breakdown exactly what I mean.
3 Simple Ways to Get More Hours Out of the Day
Here’s how I suggest you fit everything you want into your schedule.
1. No More Sleeping In
And yes, this includes weekends. Some people can operate on 6 hours of sleep, and don’t have a problem. Others, like me, need a good 8 hours a night. So, I follow the old adage: “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”.
I can’t absolutely guarantee the wealth, but I can assure you that going to bed early and waking up early every day of the week will result in a productivity spike.
Especially on the weekends!
You’d be amazed at how much more you can accomplish waking up at 8 AM every Saturday and Sunday as opposed to waking up at 10 AM. Use the extra 2 hours to complete some errands, go for a workout, or accomplish whatever else you’d like to do.
2. Stop Wasting Time
Let me give a specific example for this one: working out at the gym. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people complain about not having enough time to workout, and then seeing these same people take two hours to complete what should’ve been a 45 minute workout.
I won’t go into details in regards to effective ways to exercise (that’s a topic best left for another article), but in short, most workouts can and should be completed in 45 minutes.
Don’t waste time chatting at the gym. Don’t spend an hour on the treadmill when 20 minutes of high-intensity cardio will do the trick. And while weightlifting, don’t take 5 minutes between sets.
The same theory really applies to all aspects of your day. Evaluate what you’re doing, and if it can be done more efficiently, then do so!
My personal favorite, and one I use well, every minute of my day.
At work, if you’re waiting on something to complete (a long download or upload perhaps), work on something else in the meantime.
In my case, for example, I’m waiting on software I’ve written to compile. Instead of just sitting around, I’ll answer emails or begin looking into and preparing for my next task. It may only be 10-15 minutes at a time, but doing this throughout the day ends up saving an incredible amount of time (on average, it increases my productivity by about 2 hours per day).
Simple, Yet Effective Methods for Having More Time
And that’s about it. Simple, yet effective. I follow these three tips and I am able to fit everything I need into my daily schedule. It also leaves room for some down time at the end of each day. Give these techniques a try yourself and see what they can do for you.
How do you get the most out of your day? If you’ve got any personal daily productivity tips, I’d love to hear them!
About the Author
Anil Merchant is a Software Engineer by day and founder at Entfusion by night, where he also maintains a personal blog Entfusion is a social platform aimed to help connect customers searching for entertainment vendors and vice-versa. In his spare time, he enjoys staying active through weight-lifting and boxing. Connect with Anil on Twitter!