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Health and happiness / December 29, 2016

How to Fit More Into Your Day

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Ever heard yourself saying that you just wish there were more hours in the day? It's a common complaint of everyday life, but there's a few ways that you can fit more into your day - check out our top tips for work and home. 

 

At Work

Track

If you feel like there's never enough time in the working day to complete all the tasks you need to, then it can be a good idea to track how long you spend on each task. Use a time tracking app to help give yourself a bit of clarity. If you find that things are taking you longer than there are hours in a working day, then you can talk to your manager to re-assess the tasks that are realistic to complete as part of your day. 

Stop Distractions

Someone once said that procrastination is the thief of time and they may well have been on to something. When we're faced with tasks that we don't want to complete we can often find our mind (or website searches) drifting. If this sounds like you then there are tools than can stop you from hitting Facebook every time you hit a work hurdle

Take regular breaks

Research suggests that taking short breaks during long or difficult tasks can help you maintain a good level of concentration. 

Adopt the two minute rule

Entrepreneur Steve Olenski is a big advocate of the "two-minute rule" This works by if you see a task or action that can be completed in up to two minutes, for example replying to an email, then do it immediately, as this will save you more time than returning to it later.   

Exercise

A study at Leeds Metropolitan University found some interesting collerations between daytime exercising and productivity at work. 

During the study, 200+ employees at a variety of companies self-reported their performance on a daily basis. They then examined changes within individuals, comparing their assesment on days when they exercised to days when they didn’t.

On days when employees visited the gym, they reported managing their time more effectively, having higher levels of productivity and having smoother interactions with their colleagues. They also reported a higher level of satisfaction at the end of the working day. 

At Home

Prepare

Prep food in advance, if you're cooking dinner then make extra so that you can eat them for lunch too- check out this post for more food prep hacks

Make good use of time

If you commute to and from work make good use of these hours by reading a book, doing some work or popping on an audio book in the car.

Record

Record any television programmes that you just can't miss so you can fast forward through the ad breaks - you could save up to 15 minutes doing this!

Exercise

Not a typo - this is how much we value exercise! Make the most of your time in the gym by planning your workouts in advance. That way you can get right to it - check out Pinterest for some great ideas. Lacking in motivation? Book yourself into a group exercise class so you don't have to think about what to do - all you need to to think about is working up a good sweat!

Sleep

As well as short-term side effects of too many late nights (bleary eyes, poor concentration and fatigue), research has linked sleep deprivation with everything from increasing your risk of catching the common cold to obesity. When you're well rested, you're more alert, efficient, and able to deal with whatever the world throws at you!

Although it's great to be as productive with your time as possible, also remember that it's just as important to enjoy time relaxing - as the saying goes, "time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." 

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Lisa

Written by Lisa

Coming from being a professional dancer, I transitioned into fitness because I couldn't stay still! In addition to partner management at MoveUSA, I teach fitness classes throughout NYC and spend my time eating, sleeping and breathing fitness! When not thinking about fitness, I'm taking a business course at FIT NYC. What keeps me motivated? Wanting to live the healthiest life possible and de-stress the natural way ;)

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