We all have the same 24 hours in a day, yet some individuals seem to accomplish an astonishing amount in all areas of their lives, and stay super-fit, while others struggle to keep up and always feel overwhelmed.

The key lies not in the quantity of time we have, but in how we use it. We've all learned countless time management techniques and solutions over the years, and some work brilliantly well. Very often however, completing all our daily tasks (at work and at home), as well as find time for exercise and self-care often lies in intentional and mindful use of our time.

Here are some thoughts and strategies to help you find, or create some extra time to be both productive and fulfilled.

The early bird catches the worm...

It is amazing how much more you can get done, or fit in, in a day, just be getting up an hour or two earlier than the rest of the world. Mornings are the best time to plan, set intentions, exercise, meditate, do yoga, or go out for an early walk or run. Train yourself to get up early, and set the day off on a positive, healthy note.

Learn to say no...

Learning to say no graciously but firmly is an essential skill for managing your time effectively. Don't be afraid to decline dates, non-essential meetings, or requests that don't fit in with your plans, align with your priorities and intentions, or create unnecessary stress. Remember, your time is valuable, and protecting it is crucial to achieving your goals and maintaining your well-being.

Learn to use the power of your mind..

Mastering the mind has to be top of the list when it comes to spending time wisely. Whether through practises such as yoga, meditation, or simply focusing on the rhythm of the breath for 5 minutes, can significantly improve your ability to manage time effectively. How? By quieting your mind and reducing mental clutter, you gain greater clarity on your priorities, enhance focus, and make more conscious choices about how you spend your time.

Done is better than perfect..

Striving for perfection is a major time thief, and very stressful too. Instead, remember the words "Done is better than perfect". Focus on completing tasks effectively and efficiently, rather than getting stressed out in the pursuit of flawlessness. Progress is more valuable than perfectionism, and getting something done and "out there" is progress.

Take care of you, before you care for others..

Taking care of your own physical and mental well-being is crucial when it comes to giving time to others, and caring for your family. Keeping fit and exercising regularly (preferably daily) helps us to feel good, and in turn, we can help others feel good about themselves too. When we don't care for ourselves first, giving time to others can often lead to resentment and mental fatigue.

Take a break..

Short breaks throughout the day are the simplest, yet most effective way to re-energise your mind. Get up, move around, take the dog out, stretch, or practice breathwork or mindfulness techniques to maintain focus and enhance your overall well-being.

Stop frittering time away..

We can all be masters of frittering time away! Distractions are the silent assassins of productivity. Small changes or adjustments to unconscious habits, and being more mindful of how we spend our precious time can create more valuable time. Reduce distractions by doing simple things like turning off notifications and/or putting your phone on silent, and be strict with how much time you spend scrolling on Facebook or other social media platforms.

Remember, you are the master of your time, and with conscious effort and intentionality, you can harness its power to achieve your goals and maintain your health and wellbeing.