How to Gain an Extra Hour Every Day

09Wouldn’t it be terrific if you could magically create an extra hour in the day? You could spend it doing something you really enjoy. But in this world of too much work and too many obligations, it’s hard to find even an extra minute. Time deprivation has become an epidemic, and we are packing our days so full, we feel as though we are always on the go.

But let’s say that you were able to magically create an extra hour. How would you use it?

  • Take some time to write a letter to a close friend or family member.
  • Go for a long walk with your dog, and take in some fresh air.
  • Do something with your kids that they would love – playing video games, baking cupcakes or arts and crafts.
  • Indulge in a soothing hot bath.
  • Take a trip to that new cafe you’ve wanted to try out.
  • Spend quality time with your spouse – go out on a date night, or stay home and snuggle.

Those are pursuits that make life worth living, aren’t they? And the wonderful thing is, you could be doing these activities every day. With 168 hours in a week, you have more time than you think. Follow these time management tips, and you can be building the life you truly want.

Get Up Earlier

Scientists say the average adult needs 7-8 hours of sleep. Giving yourself an extra hour before work when it is quiet can give you the time you need to do something productive.

Plan Your Day ­

Include blocks of time for necessities like sleeping, eating and working. Then add in an hour of something you enjoy doing like yoga, and make sure you give that block of time as much priority as the others.

Take One Thing Off Your “To-Do” List

Packing your day with more errands than you could possibly accomplish will leave you feeling run down and unsuccessful. Read down the list and cross off anything that is not urgent.

Put Away the Technology

Countless hours can be spent online or checking email if you’re not careful. Power down your devices and disconnect for some time every day.

Watch Less TV

Most people could save themselves plenty of time by watching less TV. Pick a show or two that you enjoy, and invest in a DVR so you can watch them when it is convenient for you.

Accomplish Something When You Get Home

Instead of heading straight for the couch or computer, take the time to strike something off of your to-do list while you are still motivated.

Shop Less

Try and make one grocery list for the whole week to avoid making several trips to the store. Also, plan your shopping trips when the stores are less busy, so it will take you less time.

Stop Procrastinating

Avoiding tasks can make them more daunting, and take up more of your day. Take control! Choose the biggest project on your list, and get started on it.


If only it was as easy to do as it is to say it. Focus on the most important tasks, and have someone else take care of the others.

Creating an extra hour in your day doesn’t require the wave of a magical wand. Learning to manage your time more effectively will help you reduce stress, raise productivity, and reclaim your life. You’ll be surprised at how much time you have, and how much more you’ll enjoy it.

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