How to have more time? 5 tried and tested ways

How often do you feel that 24 hours is not enough for you to do all the things we need to do? At JewelPie, we believe the key to having more time is being productive. We want to quickly do all the things that we need to do, so we have time to do things that we want to do. Here are a few tried and tested ways to do more and have more time:

plan ahead

1. Plan your day the night before
We know what we should do (e.g make a healthy dinner) but when the time comes to make a decision, we choose to do something else (e.g cook a packet of instant noodles). We are more likely to do what we need to do if, when making a decision, we are not affected by how we feel.

The psychologist Daniel Read of Warwick Business School and his colleague conducted an experiment on this. Participant given the opportunities to select food in advance, will choose the healthy snack or watch academic film. But when the time comes, they often change their mind if given an option (source: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow at Financial Times)

In practice: Don’t make a to-do list in the morning. Plan and decide what to do the day before.


2. Eliminate distractions
In the middle of doing something complex, how often do we go into Facebook and unknowingly spent half an hour checking out what our friends are up to? Humans are easily distracted. So, try to eliminate distractions. It will facilitate focus.

In practice: If you can, put your phone away. It not, at least put your Whatsapp on silent. Try to have a separate internet browser dedicated to work (without your Facebook logged in).

3. Automate, automate, automate
If there’s something you must do everyday or often enough, find ways to automate it. Typing the same URL all the time takes too much time. So we like using the Text Expander.

In practice: Find software and tools that will help with your kind of work. Create a template. Be creative!


4. Get organised to avoid wasting time 
Never waste time looking for something that you need.  Is that pair of scissors you hidden in one of the many drawers? Have designated space for all the things that you use. So when you need something, you can retrieve it easily and immediately. It saves time and frustration.

In practice: Organise your workspace and home. Throw away things you don’t need, put similar things together and label if you have to.

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5. Do important tasks during downtime
Many of us have a chunk of time in between work ( e.g as waiting for a client at the coffee house). But they are often too short that we don’t do much with it. But these downtime are great opportunity for us to sneak in chores.

In practice: Slot in short tasks to do during downtime e.g draft an important email, make a call or organise files in your computer.

How do you save time?

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