How are those resolutions shaping up? I don’t know about you, but even with the best will in the world I always feel like I just can’t find the time for all the great new things I want to do!
I’ve compiled a list to help you (and me) make every hour count, so you can spend your spare time doing what you really want to do.
Wake up an hour earlier
I know, I know, but hear me out! I’m not saying start waking up at 5am instead of 6am for work, but this is as tip that really helps me make the most of my weekends. Even if your first hour is spent watching Netflix in bed, it’s the perfect time to catch up on boxsets without taking too much time out of your day.
Order groceries online
Seriously, if you’re not already doing this then why not?! Buying groceries online will save you so much time (you can order whilst watching TV- result), plus you can keep on top of EXACTLY how much you’re spending. You’ll be less tempted to buy unhealthy treats too, or to pick up ‘offers’ that you don’t really need.
Make the most of your lunch hour
Hands up if you’re guilty of eating al desko? It’s easy just to sit at your computer on your lunch break, but this hour is your time to make the most of. It’s a great opportunity to squeeze in a quick gym session, go for some fresh air, or get any odd jobs done that you’ve been putting off.
Put down the phone
Put. The. Phone. Down. You’ll find your productivity levels soar when you stop feeling obliged to check your notifications every two minutes. I’m a big advocate of the Do Not Disturb feature on iPhones.
Try HIIT training
HIIT training is having a bit of a moment right now, but it’s more than just a fad. This type of exercise is a great way to get a full body workout in 20-30 minutes. Whether you’re a fitness fan who’s struggling to find time for everything, or someone who finds exercise a necessary evil, HIIT training might be the solution for you. Personally, I am a big advocate of fitness DVDs. You’ll save even more time as there’s no need to travel to the gym!
Read quickly with these apps
We all want to read more, but fitting in a 700-page these days is not easy. Thankfully, a bunch of clever people are on it, and there’s now websites and apps that can help speed things up for you. Apps Joosr and Blinkist summarise entire non-fiction books into 15-20 minute readings, while website Deconstructing Excellence offers summaries of motivational books. Enjoy the bragging rights of saying you’ve read a book in a day!
What are your top tips for making the most of your time?