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9 Ways to Get More Out of Your Day

Time to Ignore the Hourglass


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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!!!
  • Author says: 'Learn to say “No.” This isn’t 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
    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?
  • 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 I’ve 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.
  • I also never seem to have enough time. As a result of trying to get everything done, sleep looses out.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.

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