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Ever feel like you’re constantly chasing the clock? 

Time is the biggest luxury we have, especially while juggling the demands of work, family and personal commitments. If you can’t remember the last time you had some down time to recharge and reset, it’s time to take action.

1. Plan ahead and schedule in activities from your wish list

Planning your week ahead of time can turn a chaotic schedule into a controlled one. Note down all the essential to-dos for the week and observe where your ‘free slots’ are. Then, write down a list of activities you’ve been meaning to do for a long time – whether it’s catching up with your friend for coffee, taking a yoga class or indulging in a Netflix episode. Schedule in one of these activities into the available free slots – and stick to it. Treat that time slot as you would any other appointment or work meeting in your calendar, and make it non-negotiable. Having quality ‘me time’ to unwind is important for your health and wellbeing, and deserves priority.

2. Simplify and streamline your life

Thanks to technology, it’s now easier than ever to simplify and streamline your life. Getting organised with efficiency can go a long way to save you serious time. Start by setting your accounts to automate payments. From phone bills to internet, credit cards and insurance, automating your bills is a time saver and a smart financial move. You can also consider taking your shopping online. Buying groceries and other household items online will save you time on the commute and free up more valuable time for you to enjoy.

3. Cut back on your social media time

It might only take a minute or two but the time spent checking your phone can take up a huge chunk of your day when it’s all added up. There’s no question technology has made our lives simpler but with the flexibility of technology comes the ease of distraction, with social media constantly keeping us occupied. Avoid the pressure of responding to notifications by scheduling set times during the day to engage in social media (and maybe even switching those notifications off). Taking the focus away from your smart phone will let you focus on the tasks that matter, and once those have been completed, you’ll have some extra time, just for you.

4. Use your lunch time strategically

Instead of chowing down your lunch at your desk every day, take advantage of this daily hour and turn it into quality ‘me time’. The purpose of having a lunch break is to actually take a break, so that you can refuel and reenergise. Organise to meet up with a friend who works nearby for a catch up meal, or schedule in a fitness class. Even if it’s just taking 15 minutes to go for a peaceful walk in the park or to do some reading, make the time yours and enjoy your break. You’ll find that stepping away from work will do wonders for your wellbeing and can also help clear your mind, paving way for a productive afternoon ahead.

5. Outsource to create more time

If you’re struggling with too much on your plate, start outsourcing to create more time. Make a list of all the time-consuming and tedious chores on your weekly schedule and seek out a helping hand. Online marketplaces and apps have made outsourcing simple and fuss-free. Whether it’s a serious deep clean of the grime behind your fridge or keeping the front lawn neat and tidy, free up your precious time so you can do more of what you love.