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How To Find Time to Do the Things You Want to Do

Updated on January 26, 2015

Time Management Strategies

There are many things we must do, and so many things we would like to do, but it is often difficult to find the time to be able to do them all. After eating and personal hygiene, making money, cooking and cleaning, taking care of the dog and children, there doesn't seem any time to do the things you want to do. There just aren't enough hours in the day.

While you cannot get more than 24 hours in the day, it is possible to find the time to do the things you want to do. Here are some ideas about how I make the best use of my time.

Routines

Routines help save a lot of time. There is little to no decision making, and your body automatically winds up doing things that you routinely do. Your house can stay clean if you routinely clean it, instead of letting things get dirty, and then you have to do a massive cleaning project.

We all get the same amount of time in each day. Here are some tips to save time and use your time wisely.
We all get the same amount of time in each day. Here are some tips to save time and use your time wisely. | Source

Reallocate Your Time

One of the problems with time is that there isn't enough of it available when you need it. I have found that there are ways to make time during the busy times by doing things when I am less busy.

For example, since the morning seems to be particularly hectic, I try to get things done in the evening. I listen to the forecast so I know if I need my umbrella, and jacket or coat. I lay out the clothes I am going to wear, pack my lunch, and set out the things we am going to take to school or work. The more I can do the evening before, the freer my morning becomes.

Another way to reallocate time is to wake up earlier. When I go to bed earlier, I can wake up earlier, and have less stress in the morning from rushing around.

Prioritize Your Time

It has been said that you make the time to do the things that are important to you, but sometimes we wind up doing things we feel we should do, that we don't have the time to even decide what is important.

Taking the time to decide what is important, and making sure that our time is properly allocated to the important things helps us use our time wisely. When I decide that quilting is important to me, I can make sure I save fifteen minutes every day to do it, even if it means that something else doesn't get done.

Take Care of Yourself to Save Time

One of the things we wind up doing when we are short on time is to shortchange ourselves. We think we can get by with less sleep, or skip lunch. We also tend to shortchange our children and other loved ones, because we see them as an extension of ourselves.

If we take care of ourselves, we can extend our longevity, and are actually adding time to our lifetime. We need to make sure that we get enough sleep, and eat healthy food at regular intervals. When we get enough sleep, we are more alert during the day and can get things done better and faster. We won't make as many mistakes that need to be corrected. When we eat at regular intervals, we don't get cranky and irritable.

When you prioritize your time, be sure to put yourself and your loved ones first.

Let Things Go

Once you have prioritized your time, there will be things you may want to do that simply can't fit into your schedule. You have to let them go. Say no when someone asks you to do something that is not a priority. You don't have to feel guilty about it, because you know that you are using your limited resources as well as you can.

Time Saving Devices

Take advantage of things and ideas that can save you time. Whether you can double your recipe and make frozen meals, or use a dishwasher, or get a dryer that dries your clothes in half the time, there are plenty of ways you can do things faster.

Make the best use of your 24 hours by applying  time-saving strategies here.
Make the best use of your 24 hours by applying time-saving strategies here. | Source

Decision Making To Save Time

When you make a decision, sometimes it saves time to make a decision in bulk, instead of on each individual item. For example, when I am going through my clothes, I decide that everything with rips or stains must be thrown away, and things I haven't worn in a year must be given to a charity. The decision is made first, and then it is simply a matter of applying all of my clothes through those criteria. It makes the items easier to process without debate and I don't have to come up with new criteria for each item of clothing.

Good Enough is Good Enough

Sometimes we want everything to be just perfect, and we take the time to go over and over it with a fine tooth comb. Sometimes we have to realize that good enough is good enough. We can take a common dish to a potluck, and we don't have to clean the house until it is spotless. We can proofread our hubs, but eventually we have to go ahead and publish them. If we find errors later, we can fix them then. It is okay if we are not perfect.

Use The Small Chunks of Time

It would be nice if we had hours and hours to do the things we want or have to do, like cleaning or quilting. But it is really hard to find big chunks of time in our daily lives. Instead, we have to make do with doing a little bit when we can find the time. By quilting for a few minutes every day, I can get several quilts made in a year. By cleaning a few minutes every day, I can keep the health inspector away, and give us a comfortable place to live.

Avoid the Time Wasters

There are things that eat away at our time. The internet and other things on the computer, video games, and the television all tend to take away more time than we expected. Some things we can decide not to do. I avoid some video games because I know they really eat away my time, and are not a priority for me. I have friends who have decided never to watch television. Others limit it to special shows only. We can decide how much time we want to allocate to these things, and set an alarm clock to remind ourselves when the time is up.

Delegate

Ask your family members to help out in taking care of the house. They live there too. You can also barter your skills with friends or neighbors. You can cook for them while you do your own cooking, and they will babysit your children while you shop. By bartering, both of you will save time.

Combine Activities

You can save time by combining activities. You can listen to a book on tape while you are driving to work. You can work on your quilt or other craft project while you are waiting at the doctors or dentists office. You can make write out your menu while you are waiting in line at the grocery store. Exercise while you are watching TV. Have the laundry running in the washing machine while you are cleaning the house.

Research has shown that multi-tasking is really doing each task consecutively. You really can't do your homework and watch tv at the same time. But these types of combinations really help save you time and help keep you focused on your prioritized goals.

A great way to combine activities recommended by a fellow Hubber is to make dinner with your children. You get to spend time with each other, teach them how to cook, and get dinner on the table all at the same time.

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How to Find the Time to Do the Things You Want to Do

Time is a precious resource, and there are many things competing to fill up the space. By being mindful, and making sure that you only allow your time to be used by things that are important to you, you can truly have the time to do the things you want to do.

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    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thank you for your insight peachpurple. Creating a timetable is very helpful. Once you schedule something, it is easier to complete the task since you have prioritized it and allocated time to get it done.

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      peachy 

      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i try to make a timetable for myself, get it done, sometimes i managed

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks Redberry Sky. That's true, these tips help you find the time to do the things you want to do. The issue is finding someone to do the things we don't want to do. How about hiring a maid or getting a dishwasher? Or invite someone over to dinner who is willing to wash the dishes.

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      Redberry Sky 

      7 years ago

      Cool tips :). Sadly, I try to delegate things to my housemate, but in reality that just means that neither of us do them, and the dishes pile up...

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you geetbhim. Using time wisely is something that we need to focus on so we can achieve our goals.

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you geetbhim. Using time wisely is something that we need to focus on so we can achieve our goals.

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      sangeeta verma 

      7 years ago from Ludhiana India

      Great time management tips I do agree with you.

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you mljdgulley354, routines help me a great deal as well - I think I need to add some more.

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      mljdgulley354 

      7 years ago

      Really good advise for time management. Routine is the one that saves me.

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you OfTheHeart. I find that when I skip a meal, my work level slows down dramatically. Getting away, and eating something helps me come back refreshed and able to work even faster.

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      Stephanie 

      7 years ago from New York

      Really good advice and suggestions. I am guilty of "shortchanging" myself many times and I don't really realize it. Sometimes I skip up to 2 meals a day because it can get so hectic. But your tips in this hub give me some ways to reorganize so I can find time. Thanks again!

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you for your comment Pcunix. I agree that reading faster would help save a lot of time. Being able to type fast helps also.

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      Tony Lawrence 

      7 years ago from SE MA

      One of the most important things I advise is to learn to read faster. Slow readers and even average readers are at a disadvantage compared to speed readers.

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you Donna. FlyLady.com is regularly stressing the importance of routines in cleaning. It really helps a lot.

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      Donna Cosmato 

      7 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on hitting (and exceeding) 100 hubs! These are all great tips but I had never considered how important routines could be for time saving. That is an area I can reassess and probably save myself some stress. Voted up and useful.

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks - I did the same.

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX

      Nice hub, I'll refer to it on my hub with the same title. I also have a DVD program set to release in time for new years. I'm looking for affiliates, maybe you should hit me up.

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks Jennifer. Finding time when you have young children is difficult.

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      Jennifer Essary 

      7 years ago from Idaho

      Another Hub I needed to read. Right now I'm a full time mom and part time instructor searching for time to write. Nap time has been the most productive, but I will become a stay at home mom in a few weeks : ) !! I've been trying to figure out how to organize my day so I can write more. Thank you for the tips! Voted up!

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      Sunshine 625, thanks for commenting. Yes, I didn't include multi-tasking, because studies have shown you don't actually do that - you do two tasks one at a time quickly, but sometimes that does get both things done, sometimes more enjoyably.

      Stephanie, thanks for commenting. I get stuck on the computer too. I have to force myself to get off the computer, tv, etc. when it is time.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      I think that one of the hardest things about managing time is letting things go. When we have difficulty saying "no", we end up doing things we don't want to do, and probably don't really need to do. One of my downfalls is the computer - I just have to check my email, my FB, my HP stats, and then I get sidetracked into doing time consuming things that keep me from more important tasks. The alarm clock idea might work for me here!

      You have so many good tips here for time management! Voted up and useful!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Great tips on delegating time! I get less sleep, barter with my family and watch TV while hubbing...oh my favorite is using the laptop and iPod Touch at the same time to get caught up with FB or HP! Voted UP!!:)

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