Where to Find Time When You Don’t Have Any

You have so much to do but no time to do it all. Where can you find time when you don’t have any? This is a common challenge that many hardworking people face.

Let’s agree on this. You can’t create more time. 24 hours is all you get, and a good chunk of it is already used for sleep and other maintenance activities, such as bathing. That leaves you with about 16 hours to get things done—and that’s assuming you work nonstop.

Where do you find the time to do 30 hours worth of work when you only have 16 hours to get it done? Where do you find the extra time to perform the extra work?


The main part of the answer is to leverage other people’s time. In fact, you don’t have enough time, but that doesn’t mean someone else is in the same predicament. People around you may have a lot of time to spare, time that you can use to get productive activities done by assigning a portion of the work to them.

Thus, if you want to find more time, ask help from others; they might be in a good position to take a portion of the work. Collaboration is a great multiplier; it allows you to get more done with less time and effort.

Whenever you have more work than time, seek to find people to whom you can assign a portion of the work to. There might be, not too far from you, people who are willing and able to carry some of the workload. And this may provide you with the extra time you need to complete the extra work.

Your efforts should be placed on activities and tasks that only you can do. The rest can profitably be delegated to others.


The other part of the answer is to redefine the scope of the work. If you can’t increase the time, you might be able to chop the work. That is, you might be able to eliminate the non-essential elements of your workload.

In fact, if you put all your tasks and activities on trial, you might discover that some of them are guilty of “wasting” your time—or at least of not making the best use of it. This will allow you to allocate more time to activities that truly matter.

When there’s less time than work, you’re pushed to prioritize your work and determine which activities and tasks deserve your efforts: the ones that give you the best return on your investment.


The final part of the answer—and this should be a given—is to make sure you maximize your time. In practical terms, this means you avoid any waste by, for example, leveraging “waiting time” (e.g. time you spend at the repair shop waiting for your car to be repaired or time you spend waiting to see the dentist or time you spend commuting to work).

When you need to find time, monitor your time closely; you may be able to make gains in unexpected places.

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Vladimir Elie

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