3 Secrets to Getting More Hours in Your Day

Overcoming Time Thieves

If you often find yourself saying, “I’m too busy”, I like you! You remind me of me, before I learned how to  overcome those nasty time thieves. Here are 3 secrets to getting  more hours in your day,  secrets I’ve discovered over the years that work every time… when I work them.

1. Start the day with prayer. When we put God first, He makes sure we get everything done that needs to be done. Notice I didn’t say “everything we want to do.” Sometimes I have lists of items He never told me to do. I have to be careful that I seek Him, or I put more flapjacks on the griddle than I can flip, then I wig out when I feel pressured to do it all.

2. Identify challenging areas that trip you up most often and waste your time.These could be watching too much TV, overly-long phone conversations, or hours on social media sites. None of these are wrong. but they might be gobbling up more time than we realize, leaving us with not enough time to do what really matters in our lives.

3. Ask for help. It’s okay to hire someone to clean your house, wash your car, mow your lawn, or cook a meal for you. If you have kids at home, they can help with chores and cooking, even run errands once they start driving. We do our families a disservice when we try to be supermom or superdad. When we work as a team, things get done faster. Then we can concentrate on relationships more.

 Do What Works

I know, I know. These aren’t really secrets. But they work. Try them and see if you don’t have more hours in your day!

If you’d like more fun tips on saving time, my book Shock the Clock: Time Management for Creatives, is a great place to start.

What is your favorite way to save time at your house/workplace?

Jeanette Levellie

Irish redhead and former history teacher Jeanette Levellie is the author of four books and hundreds of articles, stories, and newspaper columns. Among her publishing credits are stories in Guideposts anthologies, CBN.com, and Country magazine. Jeanette is also a vocalist and speaker, splashing hope and humor on audiences of all sizes and styles. She and her pastor husband Kevin are parents to two adults, grandparents to three children, and servants to four cats. They live in Paris, IL., where the winters are frigid but the people are warm and friendly. Her hobbies include fitness, reading, and finding new ways to avoid housework.

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