3 Tips To Free Up Your Schedule So You Have More Time for Yourself

If you feel that your schedule is too packed and that you don’t have enough time for yourself, you’re not alone. In fact, many people run around all day, jumping from one thing to the next, barely having the time to catch their breath. The sad thing is that, often, these people have very little to show for that busyness.

You just have a few productive hours each day, and you must make the most of each one of them. I want to share simple tips you can use to free up your schedule so that you have more time for yourself.

All these tips require that you take a close look at your schedule to review the activities currently occupying your time.

Tip 1: Eliminate

The first thing you can do to free up your schedule is to eliminate all the activities that don’t bring real value to your life. You perform many activities, but are they all worth the time and efforts?

An easy way you can determine whether an activity should be eliminated is by asking yourself this question: If you were not already doing this activity, would you start doing it today? If the answer is, “No,” the activity is an excellent candidate to be eliminated.

Now, for it to work, you must have the courage to tell yourself the truth—and to make the tough decision of eliminating the activity.

Tip 2: Delegate

When you review your schedule, there may be activities that you can’t eliminate. However, you assess whether you’re the best person to perform this activity, or if there’s someone else that could perform it on your behalf.

Activities that aren’t in your strengths zone or your passion zone are good candidates to be delegated. In fact, if you’re not good at performing the activity or if you’re not passionate about it, you should find someone who is and let them perform it.

That something needs to get done doesn’t mean that it needs to get done by you. You can leverage the strengths and interests of others.

Tip 3: Focus

When you do something, do it. Be present and fully engaged in the activity. It may not seem like a big deal. But it is. When you fail to focus on the task or activity at hand, you end up taking twice the time you would typically need.

The less time you take to perform an activity, the more time you have for something else. This isn’t about cutting corners but about making sure you don’t invest more time than needed for an activity. It’s a waste when you take two hours doing a task that should have taken one hour (if you focused on your work).

Eliminate extraneous activities. Delegate activities to other people more suited for the job. Focus on your work. When you do this, you not only ensure your time and energy are spent performing high-value activities, but also you free up your schedule so that you have more time for yourself.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.