‘There are just not enough days in the week. If I had more time I’d…’
How many times have you said this to yourself? I know I have many times, and really there is no reason why it has to be that way. The Graduate Recruitment Bureau suggest by making these simple changes to your routine you’ll find you have more time to spend on what you want to do rather than what you have to do.
Get enough sleep. Don’t underestimate the power of sleep. We need it to function, be happy and productive- but in the right amounts. It’s important to not get too much sleep as this can have the same effect as not getting enough. When you are 5 you need 13 hours sleep. When you’re a teenager you need over 9. Now you are all grown up you can hack it with 7-8. Even so, it’s not the quantity of sleep we get, rather the quality that is important. So, make sure you are getting a good stretch of high quality sleep at a sensible time so you can leap out of bed an hour earlier, creating an extra hour in your day.
Log out of Facebook. You’ve made the brave decision to get up, well done. Now is not the time to retire to the sofa and put on Jeremy Kyle, even if it is the weekend. You need to get moving and the major cause of procrastination in the 21st century is…Facebook. Log out of it! You do not need to be constantly refreshing your newsfeed. Nothing of vital importance will have happened in the last hour. You do not need to write a status informing your ‘friends’ that you are awake, or that you are now ‘about to have a shower’ or ‘heading off to work’. You could be at work by now if you hadn’t tagged all those photos. You will be amazed how productive you can be when you aren’t living in cyberspace, so come and join us in the real world and save Facebook for your free time.
Make a to-do list. Getting organised and focused is the most efficient way to get things done. Once you’ve got things done, you’ve got all the time in the world! Have a plan of action- make a list of what you need to do that day- everything from having a shower to going to work. Include everything then -here’s the radical, life changing bit- just start doing it. The work isn’t done once you’ve written the list, you need to work your way through it until it’s complete. Tick off everything after you’ve done it- it gives you a sense of accomplishment that makes you more motivated to get everything done. Before you know it you’ll have a nice shiny completed list- and a few hours left of the day to play with.
Learn to multitask. This is a piece of advice about as useful as when a teacher says ‘it’s just missing… something’ when they mark your essay but nevertheless, it applies. It would be great if you could go to the gym whilst socialising with friends, or catch up on emails while cooking. Oh wait, you can. Kill two birds with one stone. Simple things in your day can be combined, for example ringing your mother and making dinner. If your Mum goes on and on like mine does then calling her is an hour long task in itself. Put her on loud speaker or get an earpiece so she can witter on while you peel the carrots or put the washing out.
About the author:
Anna Pitts is a Marketing Assistant and Online Researcher at the Graduate Recruitment Bureau. Her work involves PR and advice and information article writing. For more tips, follow them on Twitter @thegrbteam