How many of you have said this at least once in your life? 

“I really wanted to [insert task], but I just didn’t have the time.”

“Gosh, there just isn’t enough time in the day.”

“Gosh, there just isn’t enough time in the day.”

“How has an hour passed already, now, I don’t have time to do [insert task].”

I’m most certainly guilty of it. Time just seems like that train we try so hard to catch and just never seem to make. Too often, we waste precious time thinking about the time we don’t have or the time we’re losing.

We all have the same amount of time in the day: 24 hours, 1440 minutes, 86400 seconds. Don’t believe what people say, Beyoncé, Oprah and Bill Gates have the same amount of time in the day as you!

The good news?

You know this time will (most likely) never change, so once you’ve mastered it, you’ll pretty much be unstoppable!

Now, for some people, they have enough resources to delegate tasks and free up space to be more productive at what they excel at. For others, such as myself, we are a one-woman show. We have more time than money to get the job done so it’s about prioritizing and completing the most important tasks first, leaving the rest for later.

Regardless of whether you’re a CEO with the ability to hire multiple assistants or just one person with time but no money to outsource, try these three game-changers to help you maximize the time in your day:

1. Make a semi-permanent list of 5, 10, 15, 20, 30-minute interval tasks

For the month of July and August, you’re cat-sitting or going to the cottage so whenever you have 10 minutes free, you can vacuum your carpet or clean the kitty litter bin. This helps limit the time wasted just thinking about what can be done. Simply referring to the list and getting started will enhance your productivity!

2.Give yourself permission to delegate tasks.

You may be a one-woman show, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your younger sibling to pick up the dry-cleaning, go grocery shopping, or mail some letters to clients.

3. Rest and recharge.

This really is the most important one. You, my friend, are doing incredible work! Without you at your optimal performance level, it falls apart! Therefore, take time for your self-care, ensure that you protect at least an hour a day for you, whatever that looks like: meditation, mindfulness, journaling or an at-home spa day.

Time is the most important thing we have, and the one thing we can never get back, make the most of it!

Junielle Graham
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