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9 Ways to Get More Out of Your Day

Time to Ignore the Hourglass

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KID-AT-HEART

8/6/2010 11:25:53 PM

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Look at each day as a container into which you put chunks of time. I am in the process of learning how to make a time map -- so that I don't try to fit too many "chunks" into the container. That visual was so helpful to me!

SYSADMN

6/30/2010 10:58:26 AM

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For me, the change came when I realized that "I didn't have time for ...." really meant "I didn't make ... a priority". No I just have to remember to make ME a priority also.

DSCRAWFORD

6/15/2010 11:54:38 AM

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I have set my motto for the year as "Time For Change" which includes time for me. I have set 1 hr a day for exercise and 30 minutes in the evening to journal. Journaling has helped to keep me on track. I feel more balanced and in tune with myself.

DLKING1

11/13/2009 11:01:18 AM

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I agree with setting a time aside once a week for myself. Haven't done that in long time.

LEGALGIRL46

10/16/2009 6:18:08 PM

Brinis-did you read the part that said "Are the thing's you feel you have to do really neccessary"? Not to be critical, but is the only job available the one that requires you to drive 100 miles to work? It sounds like if you don't start cutting back somewhere, that you may develop stress related health problems. I know for sure that happened to me when I was recently working full-time, going to school at night, and taking care of a 10 year old as well as a house. The only way I was able to get throught it was by knowing that the end was in sight. Maybe you would feel better if you thought there could be another option for you sometime in the future. Don't know what else to say except try to hang in there, and whenever you get a free minute, just try to take a few deep breaths and concentrate on something pleasant. You CAN'T do it all!

LEGALGIRL46

10/16/2009 6:16:34 PM

Brinis-did you read the part that said "Are the thing's you feel you have to do really neccessary"? Not to be critical, but is the only job available the one that requires you to drive 100 miles to work? It sounds like if you don't start cutting back somewhere, that you may develop stress related health problems. I know for sure that happened to me when I was recently working full-time, going to school at night, and taking care of a 10 year old as well as a house. The only way I was able to get throught it was by knowing that the end was in sight. Maybe you would feel better if you thought there could be another option for you sometime in the future. Don't know what else to say except try to hang in there, and whenever you get a free minute, just try to take a few deep breaths and concentrate on something pleasant. You CAN'T do it all!

YANKEECHICK1

10/16/2009 10:02:56 AM

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Now a days time is precious as well as money. We have to make time to do things we really need to do, so those 9 ways to get more out of the day really help, especially a. to the yucky things first so the rest can be a breeze and b. set aside time to do something special. I really need that.

TAMKIMAM

10/15/2009 3:16:58 PM

I remember reading an article 20 years ago suggesting that we all take classes to learn how use the leisure time we will have on our hands with all the new technology that was simplifying our lives!

CATLADYJ

10/15/2009 2:41:28 PM

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I have battled time for 64 years--I was doing dishes standing on a chair when I was 4--and it went downhill from there. As an adult I held a responsible stressful full time job, wrote, produced and directed Bible-character plays, was active in the bus ministry, Sunday School ministry, was an altar worker, sang in the choir, was Ladies Fellowship President for years and coordinated a large Secret Sister program at our church, wrote articles, stories, devotions, and a book, raised 2 sons with my wonderful husband, and read at least 4 books a week. In 1996 the Lord brought me to a full halt...I became disabled and was a hermit for 9 years, I asked the Lord, 'Now how can I serve You?" He said, not out loud, of course, "Pray!" "But, Lord, how will I know who to pray for and how to pray fior them?" Within 3 days I had 7 people on my daily prayer list and it's only gotten longer. In 2005 I found partial relief and was able to go to c`hurch and a few other places. During the "hermit" years, it was so hard to do anything and took so long to do it, that I was still battling time. After my life was "given back to me" by a docor, I haven't been able to return to doing the things I did before, but time is still an elusive commodity as I am singing in the choir, taking on a few projects here and there at church, do part of the housework, and write, and still read at least 4 books a week. I am busy from the time I get up until I fall into bed at night. If I, a disabled and retired person, have lost the time battle, how can anyone hope to become victorious in the battle? This is a rhetorical question, for there is no answer.

CORALIZ

10/15/2009 1:06:09 PM

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This is a great article! Sometimes just saying, "I am doing this for me!" can make the activity more relaxing. When I look at exercise as a chore that is what it becomes. I dislike TV. This is one of the things my husband enjoys. If I change my attitude, watching TV can become more enjoyable. It is not my "down" time, but I can look at it as time spent with him.
Thanks for the article. Time spent relaxing is very important.

BRINISMOM

10/15/2009 12:49:38 PM

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These are great tips, if I could only make them a possibility. I am a working mother of a 12 year old and a 3 year old. I drive more than 100 miles a day to commute for work, by the time I pick up the kids, make dinner, baths and spend a few minutes of quality time with each one all I have left is a few minutes to log on to my
Spark Nutrition page and input al my food for the day.

PNELSONP

10/15/2009 12:47:17 PM

This article is laughable.

I think the problem in our society is that they employers who are with the times require us to work 10 hour days….

8 hours of actual work
1 lunch our break (this is work because we are being timed and have a radius around work)
1+ hours commute

One solution might be to allow us to work from home. That would definitely reduce the number of work hours to 9, and then maybe even more since we are allowed to multitask with our little breaks here and there (dishes, laundry).

JAMIESMOMMY

10/15/2009 12:19:38 PM

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So very hard to do when you're a stay-at-home Mom to a 2 year old busy boy.

RLAMBERTSC

10/15/2009 10:33:48 AM

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For me the number one task: * Unplug *. Since wireless should really be called tireless except that doesn't really make sense does it. Anyway the first thing I do in the A.M. is check email & fav websites (SparkPeople included) and the last thing I do before retiring for the night is check email and fav websites, as if...

Ralph

TLCHRIS

10/15/2009 8:23:17 AM

Actually Take Back Your Time Day was started almost 10 years ago by a group led my John deGraaf in Seattle, WA. They have observed TBYT Day every October 24th since, the movement has grown and is now embraced by many accross the country. Their website is worth a visit www.timeday.org and get their book, it is a revealing collection of articles about the effects of the long hours we keep. Yes we even eat poorly because we are busy, there are articles that address that in the book (no I do not get commision) but I was briefly involved with the movement in the early years.

I have been teaching time management for 14 years and it is a neverending battle to determine what is really important in life and adjust accordingly.

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