Five inventive ways to find more time to invest in yourself

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It’s not a stretch of the imagination when we say that sometimes it feels like time is our biggest enemy in life. It either drags on at a nauseating pace when we least want it to, or we can’t seem to find enough of it when we need it most. Not having enough time is a common barrier preventing us from investing in ourselves.

If you’ve recently found yourself wondering whether you have enough time to invest in postgraduate education to boost your career, then here are five surprising ways that you can find more time in your day.

1. Sleep

Not getting enough sleep can be your worst enemy when it comes to wasted time, because when you are not well rested, your productivity plummets and you aren’t necessarily making the most efficient choices during your day. Start your day off right and make sure you’re getting enough sleep every night.

2. Netflix and Treadmill

Millennials coined the term ‘Netflix and chill’, but why not combine your need for entertainment with your goal to keep fit by doing both at once? Everyone deserves some downtime and there’s no better way to kill two birds with one stone than getting your entertainment fix while you’re exercising at the gym.

3. Culinary Prep

Not only is preparing your meals in advance an excellent way to save hours in your week, it’s also a brilliant way to make sure your body and mind are well–nourished, ensuring you have the extra brain power required to study at a postgraduate level. Investing in subscription meal boxes is another great option as, along with helping save time on creating meals, they also eliminate the need to grocery shop.

4. Socialising 2.0

Your friends and family are an important part of your life, so why give them up just because you’re looking to add postgraduate study into the mix? Reinvent your approach to socialising and start scheduling catch-ups during lunch breaks or look at grouping people together, rather than catching up with them on a one-to-one basis. You’ll be surprised just how much time you can save, while still feeling connected to your loved ones.

5. Say ‘No’

Is your partner, boss or friends and family constantly demanding your attention? It’s likely that although most of their requests might be very valid, if you’re honest with yourself, there’s also probably a fair few that don’t require your attention straight away, if at all. This is where the art of learning how to say, ‘no’ more often can free up valuable hours within your week. Instead of agreeing to help straight away, use statements such as, “let me think about it first and I’ll get back to you,” and use this time to evaluate if this request is indeed the best use of your attention.

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