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How to Get More Time in Your Day

Updated on November 18, 2008

The day is only 24 hours long, but I think we would all agree that if we could have more hours in the day we would. We can't stretch the day, but we can make more of the time we do have each day. There are things we can all do that will make our days more productive.

Being organized is the best thing you can do to help gain time. If you are like me you have probably spent countless hours searching for something that you "knew" was right there last week. Taking some to make sure you have a place for everything and getting your life organized will save you time in the long run.

Learning to multitask is another great way to gain more hours in the day. You can cut coupons while watching TV, you can clean while talking on the phone, you can listen to an audio book while driving to work or exercising, you can read through the mail or a book while cooking dinner (there is frequently downtime while things are cooking). Take a hard look at your day and see where you can multitask.

If you work, take advantage of your lunch break. I know I never could really relax at work, so I frequently worked through my lunch and left early. If you can't do this, then how about running errands on your lunch hour? This will free up time in the evenings or on the weekends to do more of what you want to do. If you want more time to read or write then use your lunch hour to do that.

Did you know that the average household has 2.24 televisions and the average person watches 4 hours of TV each day? That is a lot of television. If you really want more time in your day, try turning off the TV. At the very least make sure that you are doing something else while watching TV. I almost never just sit down and watch TV; I just have to have something to do with my hands. Plus I feel like I am wasting time just watching TV. So I will do other things such as iron, clip coupons, go through cookbooks, exercise, make a grocery list, go through the mail, or do something crafty like cross stitching all while watching TV.

One of the things that has helped me is to change my attitude. Having children has meant that I can't always devote a big chunk of time to something. I have had to grab little snippets of time whenever I can in order to get done the things that need done. I also can't think "Oh I can't do that right now, because I don't have the time." I just have to get started and do it, even if it means only getting half the leaves blown in the yard. That is better than not doing any of them. Use what you have the best you can. Good luck!


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    • Dottie1 profile image

      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks Jen. Great ideas. Who couldn't use more time in their day? :)

    • C.S.Alexis profile image

      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Sleep more. As a group we do not get enough sleep. Organizing time will also allow for more sleep, more sleep means better health, means better productivity. Good ideas on this page. C.S.

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      britneydavidson 9 years ago from united kingdom

      If one follows these disciplinary tips, one can surely get a whole lot of more time in a day. Check out my latest hub here

    • Bruce Elkin profile image

      Bruce Elkin 9 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

      Hi Jennifer. Great advice. Thanks. I had a coaching client who worked 3 part time jobs, had a delinquent son, and was . . . well, fried. But when I had her do a time audit of her week, she wrote in, every night, between 6 and 11, "veg time". When I asked her what that was, she said TV, to relax and keep her sane. She didn't want to give any of it up, but she did want to create these neat baskets that she could sell in the city for $200+ A couple a month would let her drop a job.

      So I got her doing some simple basket prep (mindless stuff, like peeling bark off vines) while she watched TV. Simple multi-tasking. That led her to be more discriminating in what she watched. She turned off the boring programs, and did more basket making.

      In the end she still got 2-3 hours of "veg time" and also got 2 baskets a month created. And dropped down to 2 part time jobs. Needless to say, the quality of her life went up, as her stress went down.