If you wake up feeling like you’re already behind, perhaps it’s time to reframe the way you look at the day. The issue isn’t that you don’t have enough time in the day to get things done. The real issue is that you have too much you want to get done.
So, why do we fall into this problematic way of thinking? According to one writer from Fast Company, this happens because you really have no idea how long it takes you to complete tasks, which skews how much time you think you have or need—making you overestimate how much you can do in one day.
One way of fixing this issue is by auditing your day to figure out how long things take. No one likes to hear the word “audit”, but this clinical, dry-sounding practice is CRUCIAL to figuring out where your time is going. To audit your day, write down the time it takes you to finish every task you have to do on your to-do list. By the end of the day, you’ll have a better idea of how much you can do in one day. You’ll also start understanding your own work patterns better.
Another way to fix the issue of time scarcity is simply by resisting the urge to do so much stuff. Of course, you can analyze your schedule to death and shave a few minutes off here and there, but do you know what saves you the most amount of time as quickly as possible? Doing less. You can say no sometimes and skip things. Rather than cram your days with more, just slow down, and appreciate what you are able to do. You might find it helps improve the quality of your work.