3 Steps To Unlocking More Time In Your Day

I'm going to explain why you feel like there is never enough time in  the day, and share some quick hacks to free up more of it more of it.  Time is the one thing they aren't making more of, and that's what makes  it the most valuable resource on earth.

Having good control on where your time goes unlocks a lot of benefits.
For example:

  • One hour a day to exercise could help you get to your goal weight.
  • One hour of time with your family can mean an improved personal life (depending on your family...)
  • One hour a day of learning can increase your earning potential.

Unfortunately, many people never make this a reality, because the deck is stacked against them.

The 3 common reasons why we struggle distractions

  1. Your  time is being stolen by apps that are engineered in a way that exploits  your psychology. That's how one quick check of your phone can add up to  minutes or hours.
  2. You aren't fully aware of the problem.
  3. You lack an operating system for how you spend your time.

Fortunately, there are three simple things you can do to start unlocking more time in your day within a week.

Here's how, step by step:

Step 1: Perform a Time Audit  

A  time audit is a way of tracking where your time goes for the next week  so you can look at things objectively and find out where you might be  able to redistribute your efforts to align with your goals and values.   After a week, you should be able to identify your 3 biggest time  wasters.

Here are a few helpful tips:

  • If you go to screen-time for the week, you can see which apps you spend the most time on, can that be cut.
  • Download  a browser extension that tracks your time usage. This is a low effort  way to get a clear picture of where your time is going.
  • When you have the data, ask yourself objectively if where you spend your time helps or hurts your goals.

Step 2: Bring Awareness to the Problem

The  first step to overcoming an obstacle is admitting a problem. It doesn't  mean you are a bad person. After you do the time audit, you will now  know the three biggest sources of distractions in your life. Where a lot  of people go wrong is thinking they need to optimize every second of  the day. Don't beat yourself up if you go to find yourself falling  victim to your distraction of choice. The business model of every app  and website is that every second you spend with them they make money. So  they spend a lot of money and effort to make sure that they can entice  you and hold your attention as long as possible.

A great  technique is to  bring awareness so you can start to interrupt the  pattern. Keep a post it note by your computer and make a tally mark each  time you find yourself going to your distractions. Try keeping an  elastic on your wrist, each time you notice yourself falling for your  distraction of choice, change which wrist its on. This will slowly help  you notice yourself so you become more conscious of the pattern and  become able to adjust the pattern going forward.

Step 3: Have A System

Keeping  some sort of framework is easier than just relying on sheer willpower.  The easiest way to do this is come up with a few guiding rules that will  govern how you operate going forward. It's important go for an  incremental improvement in your status quo instead of being too rigid.  Below is typically what I follow to have a productive morning.

  • I will keep my phone in a different room for the first working hour of the day.
  • I use the freedom app to block distracting websites during my deep work time slots.
  • I will reward myself with 30 minutes of internet after I write my daily blog post.

This is tough to do, but don't give up. This is my framework and it took a lot of iterations to make it work. Most days I follow it,  but I am human and things don't always go according to plan. Even if you  hit 50% on this, you are going to see gigantic progress.

If you start today, you will start to find more time in your day within a week.

If this subject interests you, I run a cohort program called The More with Less Playbook, Shoot me an email and we can set up a consult.