Grab a broom, and a mop. I’m about to blow your mind. Although, you might not like me after you finish this…
Every single person on this entire planet wishes they had more free time in their week.
Time is the single most valuable resource that has ever existed. It is the one resource that cannot be created or gotten back after it has been used.
So it makes sense that you want more of it. We all do. But what if I told you that you’re giving away that time each day without even realizing it?
What if I told you that I can give you 7 easy to implement strategies to get back 20 hours a week?
You would probably offer to give me a substantial amount of money.
However, I don’t want your money. My only desire is for you to succeed and get back your time so you can start doing things that add more value to your life.
Let’s get to the magic.
7 Ways To Get Back 15-20 Hours Of Your Time Each Week
1. No social media after 7 p.m
This is going to be tough for some of you. But it has to happen.
116. That’s how many minutes the average human (but not you right?) spends on social media a day.
I’d be willing to bet that your time spent on these sites involves a healthy amount of scrolling, and giving a “like or two”. Not connecting deeply with loved ones or sharing noteworthy ideas.
So get rid of it (or at least cut back).
Screens consume our lives in modern society. But as humans, we’re capable of so much more. Passions to pursue, people to spend time with, corn dogs to eat!
So from now on, past 7 p.m, no Facebook, no Instagram, no Snapchat. No being social (media…).
2. Do Your Laundry Less
No more then once a week (you’re laughing, but I originally wrote two weeks).
Think about what you ACTUALLY wear 80% of the time. It’s probably not a carefully planned rotation of all of your clothing items to ensure full usage of everything.
Those black yoga pants, Mets cap, red cardigan, and toms are your favorite things. You wear them 3–5 times a week, and have no problems with it.
Yet you insist on doing laundry twice a week for clothes you may have only worn once, or might not even worn at all if you’re a slob and don’t keep track of which clothes are which.
Bring in the 80/20 rule.
Throw every clothing item you own onto your bed. I’ll wait.
Good. Now without lying to yourself, figure out which 10–20 total clothing items you regularly wear, and put those in a pile. Since you mostly only wear those anyway, forget about the rest of your wardrobe.
With a reduced number of clothing items you’re working through per week, you’ll end up doing less laundry. For some of you, that’s at least 2 hours of your life back.
3. Stop watching so much Netflix
I’ll say that again.
Stop. Watching. So. Much. Netflix.
Or traditional television for all of the 35 and older folks out there. Much like social media, it’s wasting a good portion of your free time.
4.5 hours on average. That’s insane. How does anyone even get anything done?
But in all seriousness, consider that you work most of the day, have to commute to and from work, possibly have a family or spouse to enjoy (deal with) as well. Why would you be using up all of your free time and your night watching The Bachelorette?
“But it’s so relaxing and it helps me unwind.”
Perhaps. But not long term. Television is not shown to be an activity that people report as a lasting source of fulfillment.
Plus, I know for a fact, you’ve complained in the last week about a goal or dream you have that you aren’t working on achieving. That’s why you’ve got to cut back on the screen time.
If you can’t get rid of it completely, cut it in half. That’s at least two more hours right there. BOOM.
4. Your food is making you fat and stealing your time
I’m willing to bet you spend way too much time in your kitchen, cleaning up, doing dishes, deciding what to cook, and making your food. Sound about right?
The answer to this problem is a simple one.
I know, it’s scary.
Some of you think its boring, difficult, or not worthy of your time. But when you get the hang of if, it’s ridiculously effective.
To get you meal prepping like a champ, check this out this handy beginner’s guide.
When done properly, meal prepping takes time away from driving to the grocery store, walking around looking for food and ingredients, prepping and preparing food each time, and putting away and cleaning each night after meals.
What kind of psychopath doesn’t think that’s a good idea?
PLUS, it’s proven to be healthier because you have a greater degree of control over what you eat and less likely to get fast food due to being too tired.
3 more hours in the bank. Oh baby!
5. Declutter. Analysis paralysis ruins lives.
Let’s face it. You’re basically a hoarder.
Having a bunch of things laying around your house that you think about but never use is a waste.
It makes your brain have to make a ton of micro decisions throughout the day that take up time and mental energy. Yet yield almost no benefits in the grand scheme of your life.
Ain’t nobody got time for that.
No need to panic though, you don’t have to check yourself into HA (Hoarder’s Ananymous) just yet. There is an easier solution.
Remember that 80/20 rule we talked about earlier? Do that same thing, but with the items laying around your house. It should go something like this:
- Pick a room
- Put on your favorite montage music. I suggest Mulan’s “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You”.
- Figure out which items you use 80% of the time or that have deeply sentimental value (be as objective as possible about this Sharon).
- Obliterate the rest. Sell it online, give it to the Goodwill, throw it on the street, just don’t keep it.
- Move on to the next room.
You’re all set. Not worrying about these items or having to make time to shuffle through them when cleaning or in search of something will slowly build back that time you’ve been giving away.
Speaking of tidying up…
6. Your need to tidy up around the house is procrastinating
It is a way for you to complete a micro accomplishment in a subconscious attempt to build your self esteem.
However, constant tidying does nothing to further long term goals or give any lasting sense of accomplishment.
Stop “tyding up”.
For most of you, there isn’t a real need to do as much cleaning as you do. Dusting, rearranging, wiping things down, and stuff like that really isn’t going to help the quality of your life each day.
You’re only making yourself feel like you’re getting things done.
Instead of this insanity, every Saturday or so spend about an hour and a half and do some in depth cleaning of the common areas in one bing swoop.
Find the most efficient use of your time like having the dishwasher running, while cleaning the kitchen, vacuuming heavily trafficked areas, and decluttering the living room, dining room, etc.
Other than that, a little dirt and a few small items on the floor aren’t going to harm you in your day to day life. You don’t have to worry about your house being completely spotless 24/7.
You want to shoot for easily liveable and free time to actually enjoy the home you’ve made.
Curb the OCD. Get that 2–3 hours back a week.
7. Your bathroom routine game is sloppy
You’re wasting a ton of time onsimple comforts and pleasures that don’t add any real value to your life (even if you think they do).
First of all, your showers are probably too long. It doesn’t take any human any longer than 15 minutes to wash themselves.
Sure, there are exceptions if you’re doing a full shave and shampoo or conditioning sesh. But the main point is to clean your filthy body. That can be accomplished quickly if you’re focused.
Ladies, pick two important areas of makeup that you need and get rid of anything else that you do for your routine. I fully support anyone expressing themselves in a way they see fit. But the truth is, you don’t have to feel obligated to “put on your face” everyday either.
That’ll save you 15–30 minutes a day easily.
Especially if you’re going to work where you know you’re not going to be judged based on how much makeup you put on.
Guys, I don’t need you to take another 10 or 20 minutes to do your hair, putting on cologne, lotioning your entire body, or whatever it is it is that you men do.
Just stop it.
Doing this for both guys and gals will save 30 minutes to 1.5 hours a week. Save yourself the trouble and get that time back.
Supreme Takeaway & Future Advice
Look, this stuff isn’t rocket science. I told you that they would be simple and easy to implement. The problem is your mentality and being able to prioritize correctly.
Yes, you should definitely implement these changes as quickly as possible.
But infinitely more importantly, you’ve got to start understanding what people, activities, and thoughts are crucial to your life, what kinds of things bring you the most value, and what kind of person you want to be.
Once you have a good understanding of these principles, your life will naturally start shaping itself to achieve these because your decision making process will change.
I’ve written a helpful guide to get you started on prioritizing. So get to it, you’ve got time now.