Have you noticed how some people seem to have more time then others? Some people seem to be able to cram loads into their day – work, family, friends, sports – while others moan that they just don’t have any spare time.

But one thing is certain – we all have exactly the same amount of time. 24 hours every day. That’s 1440 minutes or 86,400 seconds, each and every day.

So how come some people seem to have more time then others? Because they are efficient and don’t waste time. Now, I’m not saying you should be doing something all the time – far from it, it’s good to chill now and again – but just be aware of what you’re doing, and use your time to good effect.

For instance, my son starts school at 8am every morning, so we are up at 7am – two hours before the typical working day starts. Time when the phone isn’t ringing. I’m often surprised at how much I can do in this two-hour window. This morning, I was getting breakfast and managed to knock over a bowl of sugar. That led, unintentionally, to me giving the kitchen a thorough clean and tidy. I then noticed that the cupboards were looking bare (keeping a teenage boy fed and watered is a challenge!), so I headed to the supermarket to stock up on food for the coming week.

I was back and the shopping unpacked, ready to begin work-proper at 9am. It felt good to have been so productive and it’s two things less to do over the weekend.

Of course, making good use of time doesn’t necessarily mean doing chores. You could also go for a run, read a book, watch a movie, or simply relax. The key is to ensure that you don’t fritter your time away.

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