Busy Lifestyle? Here’s How to Utilize Time and Stay Productive


Those who have a busy life and their careers may often say that there isn't enough time to achieve everything they want, or else, something must be sacrificed to fulfill another task. However, time is what you make of it, and by using your time wisely, you will always find that you can achieve exactly what you need to – when you need to.

So how can you use time more sensibly and stay motivated?

Shop Online

Shopping online can be a godsend when you're extremely busy, especially in the category of grocery shopping. Often finding time to go to the store and fulfill a big shop, including the travel time to get there, is a major inconvenience if you're too busy – or maybe just plain exhausted.

Gift shopping online is also a great way to save time, especially during the busy holiday periods when you might be working extra hours – or just struggling to juggle your extra holiday responsibilities. You can order a variety of gifts or items online like women's perfume with quick delivery so that you never have to sacrifice large chunks of time for errands.

Write To-Do Lists

Plan out your day, your week, or even your month – writing lists in advance, which are realistic and achievable means you wholly understand how your time needs to be distributed and spent. Prioritize your lists so that you put the most important tasks first – that way, if something unexpected does happen, you can shift the less important tasks to the bottom of the list or have them roll over for the next day.

Lists can also help hugely with productivity levels because you can physically see your notes and goals, and have the satisfaction of ticking off their completion one by one.

Set Boundaries

Especially for entrepreneurs who work for themselves, work time and personal time can slowly start to become the same – which isn't ideal. By setting clear time boundaries, you're ensuring that no time is wasted, and you have a clear focus at all times.

You could:

  • Avoid taking personal messages or phone calls, or fulfilling personal errands, during your working hours
  • Have a set starting and finishing time for your work schedule
  • Turn off your work phone and emails during your downtime
  • Communicate to colleagues, employees and loved ones when your schedules are, so that they know when they can and can't contact you
  • Have set days off

Eliminate Distractions

Distractions are the worst for soaking up valuable time. Even ten-minute procrastination sees you ten minutes behind schedule – and it all adds up. Eliminate your distractions as much as possible, in every sense, and make sure your mind is free to concentrate.

Take care of personal errands in your free time so that you're not thinking about them during your work. Set up a workstation that is free of distracting technology, such as televisions, tablets, or mobiles. Be sure to communicate when you need a quiet working space so that other colleagues (or family and friends) know when not to distract or disturb you.

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

Dear Armchair Psychologist,

I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.


Dear Sadsies,

I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.

I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!

- The Armchair Psychologist

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