Three Simple Ways To Add An Hour To Your Day
Of all the resources in the world, it can be argued that time is the most precious of all. It’s the one thing we wish we had more of, strive to make the most of, and place above most other priorities.
How many times have you uttered something like: “If only I had more time”? Or longingly discussed the advantages that could be achieved with a time machine?
While we can’t offer those kinds of perks, we do have a few simple suggestions to help you add more time to your day and ensure you’re making the most of every moment.
While a time machine is out of our reach at present, there are still a number of changes you can make to your daily routine that will help you enjoy more time and freedom.
These include the following:
1. Adjust Your Schedule
One of the easiest ways to find more time in your day is to adjust your schedule. Even a small change can make a significant difference here. Try waking up an hour earlier every morning. You will be amazed at how much extra time you feel like you have.
Of course, this is easier said than done, particularly if you do not consider yourself to be much of a morning person. If this is the case, you can build up to the full hour by setting your alarm for five minutes earlier each morning. This is a small change, but will soon result in you rising an hour earlier.
It’s still important to ensure you’re getting a full eight hours of sleep each night, so you may need to go to bed an hour earlier to compensate for the early start. However, you will still find yourself with extra time thanks to an early rising.
2. Reduce Your Social Media Usage
There’s no denying that social media has significant benefits. It can help you stay in touch with friends and family and allows you to share news and life events with those you love.
Social media also can bring communities together through groups and pages, used to share information, and even inspire you to try new things.
Despite the benefits, there is one major downside to social media: it can be a huge time suck.
With the rise of screen time tracking apps, we are forced to come face to face with the amount of time we spend on social media. When those minutes are added up, the results can be shocking.
Reducing your social media use is one of the most significant ways to grab an extra hour in your day. In many cases, you will gain even more time than this.
3. Learn To Manage Your Time
Ultimately, good time management is the easiest way to gain time every day. Use a planner which breaks your day down into hourly slots, and record everything you do for a week, including meals, social media, and browsing the internet. This makes it easy to see where time is slipping away.
Once you have an idea of where you are wasting time, you can rearrange your schedule to manage your time better. Incorporate all your daily commitments, and then schedule in time for yourself. This can be something like a gym session, an hour to read, visiting a friend, or anything else you enjoy.
Managing your time can be tricky, but with a little organization, personal commitment, and extra effort, you can unlock extra time.
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- Mike Acker
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