Are you struggling to keep up with your daily routine? Do you often feel like there should be more than 24 hours in a day? If you’re nodding yes, then it probably means you should reevaluate your time.

Every day we’re given 24 hours to accomplish everything we need and want to in a day. We need to allocate that time effectively to get the most out of our day. Start by determining how much time you have each day to actually put in the work. For example, if you allocate 8 hours to sleep time, at least 2 hours to have three meals a day, 1 hour to get ready in the morning, and 3 hours for family time, this leaves you with 10 hours. However, you may need to subtract time for commuting if you work in an office outside the home.

Once you know how much time you have to work with that day, you can prioritize what needs to be done and what can wait. Although, you may have some repeating needs, such as sleep time, there are some things that may be able to be adjusted depending on your calendar. Map out each week prior to it starting. You could make this a ritual every Friday. Sit down at the end of the day, when you’ve completed your to-do list and map out next week. Make a to-do list from Monday-Friday for the following week. This will help you get a good picture of what time you have to work with each day. Plus, it allows you to look at the week as a whole and move things to the day that it best fits. Some things may not be able to be moved, such as appointments, but other things may be able to be adjusted like paperwork. You may even need to create this to-do list further out, if a week doesn’t give you enough time to strategize.

Prioritize your list based on what items have to be done that day and the items that can wait, if needed. Just be sure not to overbook your day. By getting a good look at your week in advance it allows you to have a better plan in place. It will also help you stay on track and keep you from becoming too overwhelmed. Start off the week right with a plan of action.