Getting back hours on your normal day requires some strategic thinking, and a little bit of risk. If what you’re doing now is leaving you stretched and unsatisfied, and ultimately unable to complete your work tasks in a way that allows for some balance between professional and personal time, then you need to do something different.
Try some of the small adjustments suggested here to start the ball rolling. Winning back time for yourself often means you can’t please all the people, all the time. Grit your teeth and have a go – once you see the impacts of these small things on your work and personal life, you will see why the trade off of going from Mr Nice to Mr Effective is well worth it.