Even though sometimes we wish that we had just one more hour in a day to do those last few things, we all have the same amount of time available to us. By tweaking just a couple of the things you do on a daily basis, you can create more time for yourself.

  1. When you wake up in the morning, take a deep breath and write out your to-do list. It is a satisfying feeling when you can cross something off. It also gets your mind and your day into order.
  2. Don’t do everything yourself – delegate, delegate, delegate! Younger children still think chores are fun and they achieve a great sense of pride once their task is complete (and it’s great to do things as part of a family) – your 2 year old can feed the cat and put toys away, your 7 year old can sort laundry and your teenager can help you with supper. Why do so many moms feel that they need to do everything themselves?
  3. And if someone is better than you at something, task them with the job. Even if it costs you some money, it will free you up from struggling to complete the task, AND it will give you more time to take your kids to the park.
  4. Make a Time Log. Take one day and write down everything that you do from the moment you get out of bed, until the time you go back to bed at night. What are you doing? Is it all necessary? What can you cut out your routine?
  5. Learn to say NO. You do not have to volunteer for every committee at school or at work. You don’t have to go to every single book club meeting and dinner party with your friends. It doesn’t make you a bad person if you skip some things some times.
  6. Shop online. Almost anything can be bought on line. And it can be delivered. Hooray!
  7. Buy in bulk – stock up on birthday presents and stationery when cool things are on special. It will save you going out and constantly shopping, and it will save you money in the long run.
  8. Everything needs to have a special place. Create a place for your keys, pens, library books, umbrellas etc. You will save time looking for things as you will know exactly where they are. Teach your children the same.
  9. Get organized for the week ahead. Plan as much as you can such as routines, sports activities, dinners and school lunches – and again, shop (online) – and again, have the items delivered to your home. Ironically, it takes time to make time but your routine will quickly become a well oiled machine.
  10. Group activities together. Check emails every 3 hours on the hour 08h00, 11h00, 14h00 and not as they come pouring in. Make phone calls one after the other.
    Too much time is wasted checking your emails
  11. Become paperless. Scan everything and you will have the info available in seconds. Don’t forget to create a backup though.
  12. Stop doing things you don’t enjoy. That could free up a lot of time.
  13. Tidy up your house a little before bed each night. You might feel tired but it is worth it and it is better than waking up in the morning looking at how much you need to do, and then worrying when you are going to find the time to do it.
  14. Focus on one task at a time and get it complete. You can waste a lot of time by jumping from task to task and then realizing that after an hour you haven’t achieved much at all.
  15. Figure out when you are most productive. Early bird or night owl? Use this time to figure out the more challenging tasks in front of you.

Working at night

  1. Downsize, simplify and own less. It will take you less time to clean, sort and pack away. Less is more these days!
  2. Declutter your home and office. Set a day and limit the time and sort things out: file it, action it or chuck it!
  3. Limit distractions. YouTube, twitter, Facebook, IM – all things that can create distractions in your day.
  4. Stop procrastinating. There are always things that need to be done that we don’t want to do it. Just get it done and then you will have more time to do the things you really want to do. And you feel like a ton of bricks have been lifted off your shoulders. So just swallow that frog!
  5. Find an alternate income stream to your 9-to-5 day job. Upskill. With the advancement of technology, there is seriously good money to be made doing things that will literally take you a couple of hours work per day – freeing you up even further!
    Mom working from home