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7 Simple Ways to Reclaim an Hour a Day

Finding 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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Ellen Goldman Ellen Goldman
Ellen Goldman has bachelor's and master's degrees in health and physical education. An AFAA-certified personal trainer and certified wellness coach, she is also the founder EnerG Coaching, LLC. Through one-on-one and group sessions, Ellen helps individuals make positive lifestyle changes, lose weight, manage stress and attain work-life balance. Visit her at www.EnerGcoaching.com.

Member Comments

  • 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
  • Not much about TV watching, which is from my viewpoint the biggest time waster of most Americans. You feel so helpless when you're watching it. It actually takes your edge and your own sense of personal value. Glenn - 9/4/2014 12:44:53 AM
  • Fantastic article! I've found that pre-planning works the best for me. I have laminated lists for weekly meals, cleaning tasks and misc errands for each week and I try to "front load" my week and get everything done by Thursday evening so my weekends are mostly free for having fun with friends and family (especially now that Summer is here!)

    With two young children and a full-time job, it is the only way I get anything done. - 6/3/2014 12:54:04 PM
  • Oh, if only! - 5/9/2014 5:46:33 AM
  • Great article. - 11/28/2013 2:05:18 PM
  • BETTYCOOPER121
    The ideas mentioned in this article are the best!! I liked the one in where we go tech free every weekend :-). Though difficult if we have strong will power we can resist. Great article overall. - 10/29/2013 11:34:44 AM
  • RUNNINGINOR
    I am a working mother of three kids, and my biggest time drain is ferrying them to all their sports and after school clubs. Therefore, I keep a detailed calendar and "schedule" my exercise, computer time, etc. I would never miss a scheduled doctor's appointment, so I treat my scheduled "me" time as just as important. I try to teach my kids that exercise is a highly important component of their lives, but it seems counter-intuitive to gripe to them about all the time it takes to get them to sports. Scheduling dinner prep time, too, is a big way to save time when we are eating dinner out of tupperware between soccer games. It also keeps us out of the fast-food drive thru!!! - 9/22/2013 2:56:51 PM
  • Great idea! - 9/18/2013 9:35:39 PM
  • For those who would like to delegate time-consuming errands to someone else (and maybe don't have a hubby, significant other, or kid to help out), consider TaskRabbit.com.

    "Rabbits" can pick up a few items for you on their own trip to the grocery store, help with laundry & house cleaning, work on a computer project... no task is too big or too small. (Read all rules & regulations first, of course... and as of today, the service is only available in large metro markets.) - 9/18/2013 2:38:00 PM
  • Really a very good article. It's almost embarrassing the amount of time I waste in the evening in front of the computer and televison. As a matter of fact, last night the tv was on, and I was in front of my lap top, ipad and iphone all at the same time. I will be more aware of this from now on. - 9/18/2013 1:08:04 PM
  • I shop once each week; don't go near a grocery store otherwise. - 8/18/2013 5:47:13 AM

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