10 ways to create time out of thin hair, I mean air

By Jacqui Ma

I am a sidepreneur apparently and this basically means that I’m constantly scrounging around for time. I wouldn’t consider myself a particularly stressed, anti-social weirdo, but that's just my opinion. So, by methods of deduction, I must have a few time saving tips and once I thought about what they are, I thought I would share them with you. Afterall, I think we could all do with conjuring up some extra minutes in the day. Here they are:

  1. Don’t be a perfectionist

  2. Don’t expand on lists if the list itself is self-explanatory. It just wastes time for those reading it and also you writing it.

  3. Multi-tasking is not a dirty word. I do my company’s Instagram often whilst sitting in the bathroom whilst my toddler is in the bath

  4. There are quick tasks and long tasks, a quick task you can do in between things, like whilst the rice is cooking. Don’t procrastinate, just do it, then cross it off your list and forget about it.

  5. Plan what you have to do in your head so when you have the time to do it you can jump straight in and do it. For example I plan and plot whilst riding my bicycle to work.

  6. Go out less but when you do make it count.

  7. Group similar tasks together, ie shower and clean the shower.

  8. Sleep well. Sleeping well= happy, happy=less arguments with your partner which takes time. This equals more time to do stuff.

  9. Do regular tasks at the same time each day. Establishing routines makes jobs quicker and more streamlined.

  10. Save fun jobs that you have on your list as a treat, so when you deserve a treat, you are still actually working. Ie, organizing my mailing list or files whilst watching a film.

What do you think of my tips? Am I a saddo? I’d love to hear your comments. PS I’m writing this as a ‘treat’.





1 comment

  • Jacqui, thank you for sharing advice based on your own sidepreneur battles!

    For me, making progress sometimes requires intense focus and temporary loss of sleep, but when I do that I try to restore the balance as soon as possible.

    I also would add that getting to bed early and rising early so that I have a few hours of relatively quiet time in the morning is most effective for daily progress. Becoming an early riser is not an easy habit to start, but it’s one of the most rewarding in my opinion.

    Harvey Ramer on

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