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7 Simple Ways You Could Reclaim an Hour a Day

Try to Find Your 25th Hour

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''If only I had more time I would be in such good shape.'' 
''There are never enough hours in the day to get everything done.'' 
''Who has time to prepare a healthy home cooked meal?'' 

Any of these comments sound familiar?  Have you said or felt these sentiments?  Probably so.
It seems our world keeps spinning faster and faster and our to-do lists keep getting longer and longer.  No matter how good we are at time management, there never seem to be enough hours in the day to get it all done.  At some time or another, we could all really use a 25th hour!
Sadly, it just can’t be done.  No matter how hard we try, there are only 24 hours in a day.  But what we can do is find what our time drainers are and figure out how to eliminate them, thus reclaiming a lost hour of our day.  The good news is, with some thought and planning, it can be done.
Over this past year, I’ve put myself and some clients to the challenge of reclaiming 60 minutes of time that would normally slip away each day.  We decided to track our activities for a week and learn where we were wasting time and how to avoid doing so, and then take that found time (which, by the way, typically added up to more than an hour) and spend it on ''me'' time.
How everyone spent that extra hour was as much fun as discovering how to claim it. Exercising, experimenting with new healthy recipes, sleeping, curling up in bed with a great book, walking after dinner and even visiting a spa were amongst the healthful choices.  The important thing was that everyone found a way to use the time to relax, de-stress, and rejuvenate.
Here are 7 simple ways to find your 25th hour.
When it comes to technology, rules rule! 
By far, one of the greatest time wasters is checking email, engaging in social media and ''playing around'' on the computer.  Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, but for way too many, it’s just the opposite.  Instead of using it to our advantage, it’s become our detriment.  In my findings, the average individual checked their email 11 times a day!  The problem with this is that we spend more time responding, deleting, reading, surfing, etc. than getting our more important priorities taken care of.  It may take some practice, but when you create some rules governing your use of the computer, emails, and text messages, you’ll be shocked at how much time you will free up.  Here are some suggestions:
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About The Author

Ellen Goldman Ellen Goldman
Ellen founded EllenG Coaching, LLC to help individuals struggling with health issues that can be impacted by positive lifestyle change, such as weight loss, stress management, exercise, and life/work balance. As a certified professional wellness coach and certified personal trainer, Ellen holds a BS and Masters in Physical Education and is certified by ACSM, AFAA, and Wellcoaches Corporation. Visit her at Get her complimentary report, 52 Tips, Tools & Tricks to Permanent Weight Loss Without Going on a Diet, at

Member Comments

  • if this site was easier to wade through and complete faster it would be an immense help in my opinion - 1/22/2016 10:17:20 PM
  • Thanks for the great article. - 1/16/2016 3:53:58 PM
  • I have deliveries for organic meat, organic fruit and vegetables, and my groceries. This probably saves me 5-6 hours a week. - 1/13/2016 3:02:18 PM
    Wonderful article. It really makes you take an honest look at the way you're trying to do things to make small meaningful tweaks. Great suggestions especially about food prep am email. Currently use those religiously. Thanks for sharing. - 8/18/2015 3:41:37 AM
    Many good ideas here. Thanks.

    I like the idea of menu planning but definitely think it is better if you see the weekly grocery store ads first to see the sales and then plan the menu.

    I spend way too much "playing" on the computer. Seems I go to just check email and then get hooked on some silly game and loose track of time.
    So I will start with 3 times a day and put a time limit on myself.
    - 8/7/2015 10:35:36 AM
    Good article.

    Shopping from a list is a good idea. A BETTER idea is to menu plan for the week, and THEN shop from your list.
    Menu planning means you will buy what you need, and use it in a timely fashion.

    Also, agree with turning off electronics an hour before bed (or sooner.) Our gadgets emit a high level of white light which is known to be a promoter of wakefulness...thi
    nk light box therapy for SAD!

    - 7/24/2015 3:25:25 PM
  • Thanks for the article. - 5/13/2015 6:52:10 AM
  • Thank you for the article! I need to get good at meal planning, so that I know what I need for an entire week. It's just a matter of sitting down with a piece of paper and doing some math.

    Also, not to be contrary, but there was a study that said people who went shopping every single day were more healthy than people who didn't, whether or not they actually bought anything. So there's something in the walking, and when you go be sure and walk around the parameter if you can. It's good for you!

    I found an error in the article, about batching your chores. You say there's a "best approach", and then you say it's a terrible idea, and that there's a better one. Okay, then the sentence needs rewritten to not say it's the best approach, because obviously you don't feel that way. - 4/7/2015 8:22:47 PM
  • An excellent article, and one easy to implement. I also find myself guilty when it comes to checking emails and spending time on Facebook (especially playing some of the games on FB). I did see two time wasters which were absent: online gaming and watching television. Thanks to this article, it gives me something to think about and to change. - 4/7/2015 9:47:32 AM
    I feel so guilty on the particular checking on Facebook and emails from time to time. But not for long. I made my time schedule balanced right now. But I have been guilty about last minute grocery shopping and food deliveries instead of eating healthy meals.

    But its a great overall article. Well done! I have bookmarked this article so that I can read it the time that I have forgotten it. - 4/7/2015 1:31:17 AM
  • Useful article; I need to return to it to be reminded. One point that would be hard for me is the one about the frequent grocery shopping, as it is my now-retired husband's favorite thing to do. I hate any kind of shopping, but he asks for very few things of me so I accompany him. That is what a 50ish year marriage is about; compromise. - 11/7/2014 6:16:48 AM
  • When I took care of my nephew, I exercised when I took him to football practice. I walked the stadium steps while he practiced. - 11/6/2014 12:34:53 PM
  • Holly I like your idea of front loading the week. I'll try this idea with the exception of grocery shopping since the good deals are a the end of the week on Thursday or Fridays. My me time is even multitasking. I soak my feet while watching TV :-) - 11/6/2014 12:32:44 PM
  • Great article and I am guilty of the email and facebook checking, last minute meal planning and last minute grocery shopping.
    I will focus on changing all of those!!!!!
    Thanks! - 11/6/2014 11:31:07 AM
  • Great article!

    Anne - 11/6/2014 2:03:21 AM

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