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10 Ways to Fit More Than 24 Hours Into Your Day

10 Ways to Fit More Than 24 Hours Into Your Day

Life is getting busier and busier leaving many people feeling like they don’t have enough time in the day to get mundane tasks completed or to spend quality time with their family and friends. According to Asian Efficiency, one of the best ways to fit more into your day is not to do the task at all, but to outsource it. The idea is to take things you would do in your everyday life and have someone else do it at a low cost. Everyday tasks such as shopping, gardening and laundry could all be outsourced to a company that completes these tasks for you, freeing up your time for more complex tasks or for more leisure time. The important thing to remember about personal outsourcing is that you absolutely must know how much your time is worth (usually per hour). This is the only way to find out if something is worth outsourcing or not.

Below are 10 examples of things you can outsource in order to fit more than 24 hours into your day.

1. Grocery shopping

A menial task that most of us hate doing, especially when our time could better be spent elsewhere. With most grocery stores now offering delivery and online shopping this not only saves you time but also money as you focus on things you need. Don’t have time to do online grocery shopping? You can still hire personal shoppers who will do the entire thing for you.

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2. Gardening

With so many people opening franchise mowing and gardening businesses there is no better time to take advantage. Call up a few different companies for quotes and go with the option that is most affordable to you. Outsourcing your gardening saves you time and maybe some money, as you won’t have to purchase and maintain gardening equipment.

3. Laundry

According to Asian Efficiency, in most major American cities, people usually spend at least 1.5-2 hours each week doing their laundry. We all hate it but it must be done. And ironing? Don’t even bother. Put everything into a basket and ship it off to your local professional iron lady (pun intended).

4. Everyday errands

Don’t have time to make appointments, follow up on personal tasks or write that important email? Many people now hire virtual assistants to help them with simple things like general administration, emails, filing and making appointments etc. Search Craigslist and you will be sure to find someone with good credentials.

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5. Cleaning

After working a 40-hour week do you really want to spend your weekend cleaning? Didn’t think so! In that case it’s time to find a professional cleaner to do all of the dirty work for you. You may be able to find some cleaners with reasonable rates via Craigslist. Alternatively, do a Google search for cleaners in your local area.

6. Pet walking

We all know exercise is good for us but sometimes you just don’t have time to go for an hour-long walk with the dog every night. There are many professional dog walkers available who are just waiting for you to call them to walk your beloved pooch.

7. Cooking

There are now so many options available for pre-made, good, healthy food. This saves you time, money and also benefits your health in the long run as it is better to come home to a cooked meal rather than buying take away food on the way home. Check out something like Premade Paleo or GenoVive for meal plans.

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8. Handyman tasks

A lot of people have lists full of tasks they need to complete around the house yet never find the time to. Why not hire a professional handyman to come fix that broken light, replace worn out light-bulbs or fix that broken window in the shed. It will be a relief to finally cross off everything that you needed to do without having to lift a finger!

9. Car washing

If your kids are tired of washing the car for a lousy $2 or if you don’t even have kids to wash the car it might be time to call someone to clean it for you. Most car washing rates are low especially if they are local business owners who do it part-time. Again, do some searching and come up with an affordable option. If not maybe ask your neighbor if their kids will do it for some pocket money.

10. Moving

There is nothing worse than having to pack up everything and then unpack everything into a new house. Especially when you are time-poor as it is. Hire someone to come pack your boxes and unpack them once they are moved to the new house. You could even ask some friends if they have any teenagers who would be willing to do this for some quick cash.

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Last Updated on October 16, 2018

16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

How about a unique spin on things?

These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives.

Learn from these highly successful people’s personal development skills, turn these skills into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

1. Empty your mind

It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

How to Increase Brain Power, Boost Memory and Become 10X Smarter

2. Keep certain days clear

Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

3. Prioritize your work

Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

4. Chop up your time

Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

5. Have a thinking position

Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

6. Pick three to five things you must do that day

To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

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7. Don’t try to do too much

OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew.

Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

8. Have a daily action plan

Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

9. Do your most dreaded project first

Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else.

This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule”

The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then.

Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

11. Have a place devoted to work

If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

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Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

12. Find your golden hour

You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

13. Pretend you’re on an airplane

It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

If you find yourself easily distracted and can’t focus, this method will help you overcome distractions.

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14. Never stop

Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

15. Be in tune with your body

Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it.

Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

16. Try different methods

Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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