First, know it’s not just you
Ever feel as though you don’t have enough time in the day to accomplish your goals? You’re not alone. A Gallup poll reveals that 48 percent of Americans feel as though they don’t have enough time in their day even though they engage in multitasking practices and are engaged in fast-paced, highly connected lifestyles. Learn how to make the clock work to your advantage—and become more productive as a result—with these offbeat suggestions to free up your time.
Wear gym clothes to bed
There are many things successful people do before going to bed, but this one is a time-saver. If you have every intention of heading to the gym in the morning only to spend a ton of time searching for that just-right tank top and then ultimately end up not going, consider sleeping in your gym clothes. It’s advice from entrepreneur Peter Shankman, author of the forthcoming book, Faster Than Normal: Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success with the Secrets of the ADHD Brain, who has completed 23 marathons and an Ironman Triathlon. He goes to bed wearing a T-shirt, shorts, and socks, saying, “once I’m in my gym clothes, the choice to go to the gym has pretty much been made for me.” He keeps sneakers at the foot of his bed, putting them on within seconds of waking. “It’s hard to go back to sleep with sneakers on,” he adds. This is one way of eliminating choice (“should I wear these shorts or those?” for example), a strategy Shankman says can help give you more time while also keeping you on, well, track. “It all adds up,” he says.