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9 Ways to Get More Out of Your Day

Time to Ignore the Hourglass

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  • Very useful suggestions. Thanks! - 6/27/2011 1:14:47 PM
  • Excellent article and suggestions. Thanks, everyone! - 6/27/2011 9:49:43 AM
  • Well said and great advice. I have been working on a couple os these ideas and will add some more to my life!

    Letting go of work when home has been a goal of mine this past year! - 6/27/2011 8:39:32 AM
  • I love to quilt and try to make time everyday to work on a project. This gives me time to relax and get some Christmas gift made so I am not running around at the last minute. It also saves money...which certainly helps me relax!! - 4/16/2011 7:46:39 AM
  • "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! - 4/15/2011 9:33:23 AM
  • 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. :) - 4/15/2011 9:25:31 AM
  • My "What I did for myself today"? I read the Bible instead of watching TV. - 4/15/2011 7:52:35 AM
  • 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!!! - 1/20/2011 6:38:38 AM
  • 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. - 12/28/2010 10:55:43 PM
  • 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. - 12/27/2010 5:20:24 PM
  • 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! - 12/27/2010 9:54:20 AM
  • 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. - 12/27/2010 5:51:10 AM
  • LISAIXOYE
    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? - 12/24/2010 12:57:16 PM
  • 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.
    - 12/6/2010 2:32:26 PM
  • I also never seem to have enough time. As a result of trying to get everything done, sleep looses out. - 12/6/2010 10:09:31 AM

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