''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: