How To Create More Time In Your Day

It seems that these days everyone is always on the go and always complaining that there aren’t enough hours in the day. If you’ve tried all the traditional time management techniques and you’re still struggling, here are a few somewhat unusual, but easy and effective tweaks you can use to create more time in your day.

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Stop complaining about time

You can choose to believe that you have enough time and that time is on your side. Every time you’re about to complain how busy you are, stop yourself. Are you about to complain because you feel overwhelmed? Replace your thoughts with something positive instead. Do you intend to use the time excuse to avoid something you don’t want to do? Then it’ll be much more effective if you admit it to yourself why you’re avoiding a certain task and deal with the real reason.

It seems hard to believe, but the more you do it, the more you realise that you have a choice how you use your time and you start exercising that choice to your advantage. You also free up a lot of energy from worrying which you can now use for something more productive.


In her book “Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life”, Marney Makridakis identifies a number of circumstances that change our perception of time and make it flow slower or faster. Some of the ways to slow down time are not particularly useful (you don’t want to fill your time with experiences you don’t enjoy just to make the clock go slower), but there’s one way that is highly practical – focus on one task at a time. You’ll find time conveniently slowing down for you and your productivity shooting up!

Use pockets of time

Often when we have 5 or 10 free minutes here or there, we simply dismiss them. “We can’t complete anything in this time”, we think and we go on Facebook, turn on the TV or simply wait around for the next thing on our schedule to begin. Yet, if you just start a task and feel OK about not finishing it right there and then, you’ll be surprised how much you can get done in a short period of time. You can declutter a section of your house. You can write an important email. You can make progress on your passion project. You can even do a short meditation and feel peaceful for the rest of the day.

“We never shall have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is.” ~ Arnold Bennett

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Time-Saving Tips For Busy Mums

Is there a mum out there that never wishes for more hours in the day? Kids have an almost supernatural ability to demand every minute of our time and while it’s time we love to give (well, sometimes), it’s easy to start feeling overwhelmed. Here are some tips to help you overcome the chaos and retain your sanity.

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Do housework with the kids

Yes, it’s quicker to do it when everyone’s in bed, but you’re missing out on pressures minutes you could spend relaxing, playing with your passion project or simply catching up on some sleep. Housework with the kids can turn into fun bonding moments. Not only you get everything done before bedtime, but kids see that chores don’t just automatically get completed on their own and learn how to do things. Soon enough the kids will take some of the tasks off you!

Shop online

Shopping with the kids can drag on and suck your energy, but you don’t want to spend your precious kids-free time on mundane tasks either. Choose to shop online instead – most major supermarket offer online shopping. While it can be frustrating setting it up and finding your way around the websites, once you get the hang of it it makes your life a lot easier.

Pre-plan your meals

It can take time figuring out what you’re cooking every day and whether you have what you need. More often than not, there’ll be at least one item you’re missing and then you need to dash out to the shop to get it. It may only seem like 5 minutes here and half an hour there, but it all adds up. Instead of going though it daily, plan your meals for at least 3-4 days in advance, order everything you need online and you’re set!

Skip the ironing

When you’re shopping for clothes, make it one of your criteria to buy wrinkle-free. Even if it seems like a steep investment, imagine all the time you’ll save when ironing comes off your to-do list.

Say ‘no’

There are lots of demands on our time competing for our attention and you don’t need to do everything. You can’t possibly volunteer for every school event, attend every meeting and sign your kids up for every activity. Decide what’s important to you and learn to say ‘no’ to requests that don’t fit with your priorities and make you feel stressed.

Stay present

Easier said than done, but it works! Choose to believe that you have enough time for everything you want to do and focus on the task at hand instead of using up your energy to worry about the next 100 tasks on your list. You’ll notice that everything will get done quicker and you’ll feel less tired!

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