Face it – we all lead busy lives. There just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. We struggle to balance work, family, and other commitments with our desire to take some time off for ourselves. We try to get as much done in as little time as possible, hoping that we can recuperate on the weekends. Yet, free time is rare and sometimes it seems like leisure is a concept that we can only imagine.

So what can we do to get more done in the day? How can we survive the rat race in a complicated, time-consuming world while protecting both our finances and our sanity? The following tips will help guide you on the right course.

Get enough sleep. Sleep plays an essential role in our physical health and most of us just don’t get enough of it. The benefits of sleep can’t be overstated. Adequate sleep is as vital to our physical wellbeing as proper nutrition and physical activity. Lack of sleep can lead to serious health issues. If you want to accomplish more in your life, sleep more.

Create a routine. Establishing a daily schedule will clarify what tasks should get done at regular times of the day. Handling tasks in the allotted time will give you more energy to tackle bigger tasks. Plan in advance and stick to the plan. On a weekly basis, you can handle certain things every week on the same day. For example, make sure to purchase your lottery tickets in time for the weekly EuroMillions draws.

Prioritize. With so much to do each day, where does one begin? Making a list of tasks is a good place to start, as long as we prioritize the most important projects. If you don’t schedule a task, it might never get done. Checking off tasks upon completion is not only very satisfying, but also an impetus to continue down the list.

Close social media. In this day and age, we feel compelled to stay connected. To get more things done in a day, however, all we really need to do is disconnect, as difficult as this may be. Think how much better focused we’ll be if we put our social lives on hold while we’re at work, driving, eating, or enjoying quality family time. Define what part of your day you are willing to devote to reading your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds and to interacting with your online friends and followers, and the rest of your time go cold turkey. If you maintain such a self-imposed schedule, you will get a lot more done at other times.

Forget multitasking. Contrary to popular belief, multitasking doesn’t save you time. Instead, working on more than one task simultaneously will end up making it longer to finish each one and possibly achieve results that aren’t as good. Instead of multitasking, focus on completing one task at a time.

Take a break. All work and no play will not only make your life dull, but it will also discourage creativity. Taking a break from a routine, or from a task, will often clear your head and give you renewed energy for a clean start. Exercise, give your brain some time off. Sometimes the best advice is to return to a task after a good night’s sleep. And that suggestions returns us to the first word of advice on this list – get enough sleep.