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9 Ways to Get More Out of Your Day

Time to Ignore the Hourglass

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PRANA_DANCER

4/15/2011 9:33:23 AM

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"Do the yucky stuff first."

I have always done this, in every aspect of my life. I eat my least favorite foods out of a meal first. I do the most boring of my home work first. I do my bathroom first while doing my house work. Its a great idea and it ensures that I'll actually get the tasks at hand done!

WOUBBIE

4/15/2011 9:25:31 AM

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If you are the primary home-keeper in your little world (I hate the word housekeeper!) join Flylady's group. It's a great time-saver and is wonderful for your self-esteem as well. You'll be amazaed at how much free time you can squeeze out of your day when your life and daily routines are simpler. A couple of nice Spark Teams align with Flying tool FLY: Finally Loving Yourself. :)

DLMULLINS70

4/15/2011 7:52:35 AM

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My "What I did for myself today"? I read the Bible instead of watching TV.

MARCIA22558

1/20/2011 6:38:38 AM

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TIME, the four letter word we all need more of. This year I have started making time for me. Each morning I get up and exercise for 30 minutes. Then spend a little time on Sparkpeople while having my cup of coffee. I can't tell you how just starting with that time for me has helped my attitude. I just hope I can keep it up!!!

OKIE_NANA

12/28/2010 10:55:43 PM

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Author says: 'Learn to say ďNo.Ē This isnít always easy, ' For me saying 'no' is so NOT easy. When I tell my husband 'no' he cannot process the information. He asks if I want to go shopping with him, I say no and half an hour later he complains because I'm not ready to go.

TERIANA

12/27/2010 5:20:24 PM

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Karatechick has a good point. I lived in a small town in Europe in the early 1980ʻs. Everything closed at 5 pm, everything (except a few restaurants) was closed on Sunday. It was glorious. However, I think the worst time stealer of all is technology. I have decided to disconnect the electronic leash (Blackberry) outside of work hours in 2011. Everything has taken on a false sense of urgency because communication is so instantaneous these days. My priorities have changed a lot. First on my list is my health, so that means exercise and eating right before anything else happens. Second on my list is my family so that means time spent with them gets booked first. Work and the rest of it gets wrapped around those priorities. It is my time--it is my life. I am tired of giving it away to employers and others who do not deserve it.

-PAULA

12/27/2010 9:54:20 AM

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One day I had a list of things to do for several other adult people or group when I got off work. I was so stress that I went down to the trail and walked for two and a half hours, listening to some jazz. It felt so good to not do anything for anyone but myself. I have never let myself get into that position again. Me first!

DRA1947

12/27/2010 5:51:10 AM

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As a variation of "do the yucky stuff first", how about savor the good stuff: feel and experience each instant. Be sure to treat it differently from all of the "have to dos" that we tackle.

LISAIXOYE

12/24/2010 12:57:16 PM

Time is the only truly limited commodity... we can never retrieve or reuse a single second of our lives, that is why how we live is SO INCREDIBLY important. Some of the points here are simple YES, however I had to ask myself... If I know it - am I doing it?

ELEGANT_BABE

12/6/2010 2:32:26 PM

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You say to "set aside a certain amount of time each day just to do what you want to do. How about 1 hour each day?"

I disagree. I have been working on reversing my lifelong selfless martyrdom for a while and so far Iíve come to the following:
* Set aside the ENTIRE day to do what I want to do, say, or create.
* Put aside an hour a day to do the other stuff like paying bills, etc.
* Be grateful that I can do so.

LYNMARI

12/6/2010 10:09:31 AM

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I also never seem to have enough time. As a result of trying to get everything done, sleep looses out.

NAADEI

12/6/2010 8:24:09 AM

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This article is great - most of the points are obvious ones but I guess that is why I have difficulty keeping to them! I am going to delegate more and to save at least 30 mins a day for myself, not to think/do anything for anyone else, just for me. Wish me luck.

KARATECHICK1

12/6/2010 2:20:03 AM

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I think things would be much simpler and families would be much stronger if we just go back to when things closed at five or six in the evening. And pretty much everything is closed on Sunday. I am a relatively young person so I have not experienced this but I sure would love to! May sound silly but if we do this then we will all have much more quality time to spend with our children, spouses, and whoever. It is a bit old fashioned but think about it, when this was the case, families were so much stronger, our children better behaved, and life in general was happier.

JNOXON3

10/26/2010 11:27:09 AM

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FATHINSN

9/9/2010 9:43:41 PM

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What I need to learn is saying no firmly but the action not get backfired (such as people start to make snide comments, people think you're too arrogant, etc etc)

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