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9 Ways to Get More Out of Your Day

Time to Ignore the Hourglass


  • 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. - 10/15/2009 12:49:38 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). - 10/15/2009 12:47:17 PM
  • So very hard to do when you're a stay-at-home Mom to a 2 year old busy boy. - 10/15/2009 12:19:38 PM
  • 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 - 10/15/2009 10:33:48 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 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. - 10/15/2009 8:23:17 AM
  • Time management is one of the most difficult aspects of my days. Learning to say "no" to people and things that your feel obligated to do rather than what is actually necessary is a blg help! - 9/30/2009 4:50:17 PM
  • Good suggestions. Esp do what you can now even for a short time. I need to set a timer for the computer.Would be much more efficient than my current practices! - 9/6/2009 8:22:16 PM
  • The one thing I do everyweek, usually on friday afternoon, is take the mummy time to do my nails each week, and every 6 weeks put a colour through my hair, just for me, I spend so much time working, looking after DH and $ kids, it is sometimes the only thought that gets me through that cardio workout! - 6/19/2009 4:50:11 PM
  • I do agree with Portfoley02, It is hard to tell people no sometimes. I know I have been a people pleaser in the past. Sometimes, I just want to do it so there won't be an argument. I guess that makes since. Oh yeah, there is also delagating the tasks. What is the most important? I am in college and still trying to learn how to do that... Thanks for the Tips this could definately come in handy! - 5/11/2009 9:05:09 PM
  • Lady4Yeshua, you are so very right. In fact, so many healthy principles for living are in His Word. - 5/5/2009 4:44:51 PM
  • Lady4yeshua you are sooo right on.....I am often jealous of the orthodox Jews around here, even though I am Christian, for the whole sundown to sun-up sabbath that they do I think it rocks. - 12/30/2008 5:38:17 PM
    Saying "no" is the hardest. The first "no" is the most difficult. We still feel as if we are letting people down, but at the same time we are letting ourselves down when we say "yes" when we really don't want to. Another thought is that they asked us to do the task because they didn't want to do it. I'm just starting to say "no" more. - 12/28/2008 1:49:39 PM
  • I loved this article. It's one of my goals for 2009, to get into the habit of handling papers only once...I tend to look at them and pile them, then sort the piles into piles for filing in various places, then I file the piles...what a waste when I could have cut it down to one step. Some great ideas. - 12/25/2008 3:09:52 PM
    I had to chuckle over this article. God has been saying this for over 5,000 year. In fact, He has the solution to all our work-aholism; its called the SABBATH. The commandment says: You shall do no work, nor your sons or daughters, your manservant or your maidservant, etc..." Wow - a whole day to rest and enjoy Him and your family. Novel idea! I feel so refreshed after the Sabbath that I always get more done the next couple of day. Its also my off day on the diet and off the excercise machines. The muscles are ready to LIFT the next day. Start practicing the Sabbath day rest and see if it helps you too. PS; That means no shopping, no phone or TV or PC; all time and rest robbers. - 12/24/2008 8:02:16 PM
  • This is so timely with a new year about to begin. Constantly feeling pressed for time is draining. I hope to prioritize better in '09 and take care of those things first that are most important to me. The unimportant or less important can wait. - 12/24/2008 2:40:30 PM

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