“I don’t have enough time” is a common phrase a lot of us are guilty of saying – despite this, many of us can find ourselves sat in front of the TV scrolling through phones in our ‘spare time’ that we supposedly claim not to have.
First, you need to identify what’s most important in your life. List things that you want to dedicate your time to (even if you haven’t been doing so in the past). This list will differ for everyone depending on what is most important to you, so make sure it truly reflects your priorities, not someone else’s.
After this, you should be able to draw firm boundaries which will allow you to devote quality time to these high-priority people and activities.
From here, you will find it much easier to determine what time-wasting activities you need to cut down on.
If email or internet surfing sends you into a never-ending time-wasting spiral, then you need to establish some rules to keep you on task. This could involve turning off email notifications and only replying in batches during limited times each day, setting time constraints on certain apps on your phone, leaving your phone in do-not-disturb mode, and making sure you don’t keep it right next to your bed, so you’re not tempted to check messages right before bed or first thing in the morning.