Find the time
Make it a priority
I can give you all the ideas in the world, but if you don’t make the decision right here and now that your goals and dreams are a priority, then any time you gain will be filled with what your boss, kids, spouse, or whatever is currently filling your time decides to fill it with.
The first thing you need to do is find a way to keep your goals in front of you. Put post-it notes everywhere, find an accountability group, write it in your day planner. Do whatever it is that you have to do to guard whatever time you gain each week. Commit to it. Then come back here and go through this list of ideas.
- Get rid of digital distractions. Turn off notifications on your phone. Schedule silent times, or just turn your phone off for a certain period of time each day.
- Get rid of your TV. How much time do you spend staring at the screen each day? We live in the world of on-demand television. You can catch up after you’ve reached your goals!
- Get up an hour earlier. Get up before your spouse and/or kids and use that time of solitude to work toward your dreams.
- Meal planning and prepping. I know this isn’t normally on this kind of list, but this is the one that works for me. Most people gain a minimum of three hours per week, many gain five or more. Add that to the money you save, and the brainpower you don’t have to expend each day figuring out what to eat. Honestly, it’s been a game-changer for me.