We live in an era where everyone is rushing toward something, and we often find ourselves saying we don’t have enough free time for everything that matters. Children, family, hobbies, and passions are often neglected or forgotten once the taxes and bills start knocking on our doors.
Unfortunately, not even when we find the time to breathe and enjoy life, we don’t seem to take full control of it. With only 24 hours a day, free time only counts if you fill it with memories and things that actually give you pleasure and bring you happiness.
So, if you feel like you never seem to finish your tasks or enjoy the simple things, perhaps you need some guidance regarding time management.
Wake up earlier in the morning
Various clinical studies show the benefits of waking up early in the morning. Apart from enjoying more hours of natural light, our brain is completely refreshed and can process things faster. If you’re a night owl used to wake up right before noon, a slight change in program will be extremely beneficial for you and your health.
After adjusting, you’ll notice that you’ll have more energy, will be less cranky, and even become more focused on work and finishing your tasks. Moreover, you’ll be able to enjoy a full meal in the morning that won’t make you gain weight, no matter if you have a sweet tooth or enjoy high-calorie dishes.
Don’t forget that your biorhythm will slow down after lunchtime, meaning you’ll likely feel less focused and more tired until 3-4 pm. This is why it’s crucial to finish most of your work for the day by noon so you’ll enjoy a relaxed afternoon.
One of the worst enemies of productivity is the interruption of your routine, especially when you try to focus on work. A slight chit-chat with an old pal, a courtesy call from your beloved one, knowing what the kids are up to every second – all these add up and will probably count for over a couple of hours a day.
Now, we don’t say you shouldn’t call or answer your calls during your working hours, but try to limit the amount of time you spend checking your phone.
A simple way to avoid being continuously interrupted is just to put aside all your distractions. Phones and tablets should be set on silent mode and even flipped on the other side once you start working. If you don’t trust your fingers, you can put your devices in a drawer or in another room to avoid temptation.
You are allowed to browse your newsfeed on social media and answer messages each time you take a 10-minute break for stretching. This simple trick will increase your productivity and help you finish all your tasks for the day faster. Therefore, you’ll be able to enjoy a few extra hours of free time with your family and friends.
Fight your addiction to screens
While spending one weekend in pajamas binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix is not a crime, most of us suffer from one form of addiction to screens. From phones to laptops, tablets, and even TVs – we spend at least five or six hours a day hooked in a parallel reality. This bad habit is not only unhealthy for your eyes but also for your spine, brain, and even diet.
Studies show that watching TV and eating at the same time is unhealthy and can easily lead to overweight and obesity. Bending our heads to look down at our phone screens is affecting our eyes, spine, and neck, leading to serious back problems, while checking our phone screens one more time before bed can lead to sleeping disorders, including insomnia.
So why not take a break from everything? Limit your social media contact to one hour a day, and avoid watching TV for more than an hour. Allow your brain and eyes some time off.
Replace your regular Internet browsing with reading actual books or newspapers for a change. In other words, try unplugging yourself from the shallow and picture-perfect lives we all put on social media and spend more time doing outdoor activities, sports, or simply hanging out with your friends.