Have you ever caught yourself thinking that if there were more hours in the day, you would be able to accomplish a lot more? Let’s be real, more hours equals more time to spend procrastinating and wishing that there were more hours in the day for us to do actual work. Do you see the cycle? The time that we have will never be enough!
Time is necessary for order. As important as it is, time is hard to gain and easy to lose. So the question is, “How can one achieve a 25, 26 or even a 28/7 week?" If you incorporate the following tips in your daily routine, you will definitely feel as if you have finally defied a global law.
1. Do Not wake ON time. Wake BEFORE time.
My alarm is set to ring at 6:00 am during the week. This gives me exactly enough time to get ready for work. However, I had a habit of hitting the dismiss option on the alarm then, rolling under my sheets for another 15 minutes. When I did actually leave my room, I had a number of tasks complete in addition to the standard morning routine. I would eventually have to rush my way through the bathroom, kitchen and dining rooms in an attempt at making up for lost time. My alarm went off ON TIME but I left my room AFTER TIME and then ran OUT OF TIME.
To combat my morning fiasco, I decided to get up before time, that is, at 5:30 am. It may not seem like much of a difference but, I had an extra 30 minutes in my waking day to accomplish small but meaningful tasks. In 30 minutes, you can begin arranging that bookshelf that has been a mess for over a month, begin writing an essay or even prepare yourself for the day ahead.
2. Be Aware of the Minute Hand
Further to Tip Number One, decide what you would like to accomplish in the extra minutes that you have allotted to yourself and monitor the time. Do not follow my mother who gets up early in the morning with the intention of washing her car then decides to wash the white clothing then the blacks then everything in the laundry basket until she realizes that 2 hours has passed and she now only has 20 minutes to get to work. Madness.
I have chosen to do some blog reading between 5:30 am and 6:00 am. It is easy to get swept up in the various blog posts but I can always pause then continue the following day.
3. NO hair, NO care
3. NO hair, NO care
This tip is especially for women. Styling hair takes a considerable amount of time especially if your hair is difficult to manage like mine. One good trick to getting more out of your day is to place your hair in a style that can be maintained throughout the week. I make an effort to do an updo or roller set my hair every Sunday then, ensure that my hair is secured under a satin cap before I go to bed each night. Not only does this minimize breakage due to minimal combing but I have eliminated a very tedious morning task.
If you prefer to wear a different style everyday depending on your mood or attire, try to style, prep/pre-style your hair the night before you head out.
4. Set and Style
Another bad habit of mine was organizing and ironing my work attire in the morning. The less time I had to get ready, the less effort I would put into my outfit. Looks consisting of wash-and-wear items became my thing. Ironing was done often but the way our power supply company operates; it was a miracle that the electricity did not go before I completed the process.
Your confidence is easily impacted by the way you feel about your outer appearance. Simply put, the better you look, the better you feel. Organizing your weekly looks on the weekend allows you to put more thought into creating appealing outfits and it limits the number of things that need to be done on your daily to-do list.
If you are more economically savvy than the other guy, you probably walk with your own meals to work or school. If so, try to fix your lunch the evening before and keep it refrigerated until you are ready to use it.
Another way to go about organizing your meals is to jot down what you would like to prepare each day in a planner or journal.
6. Go to Sleep Early
Upon returning home, take a moment to recuperate then begin to or complete your daily chores. Once these are out of the way, allow your body to rest.
If one day during the week is allocated to organizing your daily looks then, you will have more time to rest during the next 5 or 6 days.
7. Be Consistent
After much contemplation, incorporate a new plan of action and stick with it or you will not be able to see the true benefits. Everything takes time, patience and motivation.
How productive are you during the week? Do you have any helpful tips to add to this list?
, by Jho R