Someone once said “You hate on success like we all don’t have the same 24 hours a day.” Yeah, it really is fascinating what some people are able to accomplish in a day’s time while others aren’t. What gives?
In order to live an accomplished life, a few things must come into play. You need to have clear short and long-term goals. You need to manage your time wisely. And you need to make each hour count.
And just how do you do that when you feel like every day is basically a blur? Well, that’s where we come in. We’re about to share with you some easy and practical ways to add at least two hours back into your day. So that you can plan other things or relax more. So that each day feels like a true accomplishment.
1. Have a Set Bedtime, Wake Up 30 Minutes Earlier
Not only does going to bed at the same time each night make it easier to sleep through the night, it can also make it easier to wake up in the morning. If you set your alarm 30 minutes before you actually need to get up, you can do things like meditate, take an early morning walk, eat a relaxing breakfast, or plan out your meals for the rest of the day.
2. Make a To-Do List, Stick to It
Some people think making a to-do list, in and of itself, is a waste of time. But setting a list of organized goals to complete throughout the day will actually save you a lot of time spent running around like a chicken with your head cut off. Go down your list, starting with the most time consuming or annoying task, and check off each item as you complete it. If you set realistic goals, you will probably find that your list took you less time than you thought it would, and now you have some extra moments for yourself.
3. Check Email Less Often
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Last year, Huffington Post published an article entitled “U.S. Workers Spend 6.3 Hours A Day Checking Email: Survey”. Wow. That’s like three movies worth of time! It would be borderline ridiculous to recommend that you not check your email on a daily basis, but here’s a suggestion: rather than checking every single notification that comes through your smartphone, silence your cell and only check your emails first thing in the morning, on your lunch break and a couple of hours before you turn in for the night. This alone could give you a couple of hours back. Easily.
4. DVR Your TV Shows
A lot of time can be wasted watching television (this includes Netflix and Hulu). No one is saying that you shouldn’t check out your favorite programs, just maybe not every night. Record them instead and watch them on the weekends. It will help you to get more accomplished at night, and also give you something cool to look forward to while you’re chilling on the couch on Saturday or Sunday.
5. Go to Bed 30 Minutes Later
This tip might sound odd, but here’s the gist. If you commit to getting no less than 7-8 hours each night (which is ideal), this means you’re probably going to bed no later than 11’ish. If that’s the case, you can spare an extra 30 minutes to take a bubble bath or finish up a chapter of a book you’re interested in. Besides, health experts say that it’s best to drift off to sleep rather than to crash. Taking a half hour to relax could be one of the best things to happen to you. It’s a great way to use your time wisely.