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So much to do with such little time. That was my life in a nutshell. If only we had some time traveling powers like those movies we see. Well, the most we can do is to start cultivating time-saving habits. So let’s get into it:
1. Tackle your decisions.
Does this scenario look familiar to you?
Your Friend: “Where do you want to go?” “What do you want to eat?” “What do you want to do?”
You: “I don’t know.”
Ever heard of “decision-making fatigue?” Well, that’s what I used to suffer from constantly. I had no structure and no plan for the day. I just winged it. But little did know that this made me feel more burnt out and exhausted. Just like that scenario just now, I spent so much time and energy overthinking about the smallest issues thrown at me. But every little decision you make on a daily basis secretly saps some of that mental energy. No wonder by the end of the day, all my brain cells were gone.
Now, I practically try to make a decision on everything beforehand. As part of my end of the day routine, when I plan out my next day, I already make a decision on everything I need to do the next day. This includes my meals, clothes, music, exercises, and activities. I would also highly suggest for you to brainstorm and write out all the decisions you’re making on a daily basis whether on your computer or on paper.
I hope the next time you encounter that same question from your friends, you’ll have your answer ready. Hopefully not sound too bossy though or else you’ll be friendless like me.
2. Establish rules and boundaries.
For all my “bad” habits, I make sure to place limitations and rules so that I’m not wasting too much time on it. For me, my greatest time wasters are TV (Netflix, YouTube). I used to spend practically the entire day on those platforms. This was me:
Now, I’ve established a rule of consuming content from Netflix and YouTube no more than 2 hours everyday. The rest of my time is reserved for meaningful activities.
Here are other rules to consider:
- Only one episode per day. Mission impossible, right?
- No more than ___ minutes or hours per day.
- Only allowed to watch TV with friends and family. No more loner TV time.
- Only use social media on weekends. That’s right. On weekdays, you’ll be a social media-free weirdo. Welcome to the club.
3. Make use of waiting time.
I end up having to wait a lot. In rush hour traffic, at the doctor’s office (they take forever), and for my family (they’re slow in everything). Instead of having a full blown rage session, I try to make use of that waiting time effectively now.
Depending on my mood and work progress, I sometimes listen to an audiobook or podcast while I do my waiting. Or, I’ll try to brainstorm some content ideas for videos like this for you guys! Or, I’ll suddenly think about a funny memory and laugh a little. Looking like a creep in public. Here are some other ways to make use of that time:
- Let your mind wander. Embrace boredom. Or, embrace stupid thoughts.
- Brainstorm some ideas on your project or work.
- Reach out to a family or friend. Or, talk to the ones next to you if they’re there. Avoid that one judgmental aunt though.
- Prepare a music or video playlist. Share your music recs with me, please. In need of some music updates!
- Organize your notes or phone.
Hopefully with these habits, we won’t feel as helpless when it comes to creating more time for what matters to us. Time isn’t something that we can control but at least we can control what we do with that time in order to make the most out of it.
You may like these other posts!
- How to Create More Time in Your Day
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- 10 Mindset Habits That Changed My Life
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