Own All Hours in Your Day, Don’t Let the Hours Own You

If there was one sentence that I have never said before, and I know with confidence this will be my first and last time saying it, would be, “I wish there were less hours in the day!”  Come to think of it, I have never heard anyone ever say those words.  We all get 24 hours, every single day.  With those hours, we can do with them whatever we want.  Unfortunately, we all know that with work, and school, and other priorities, it doesn’t always seem like we have a choice with how we spend our hours.  But, it is possible to claim some of those hours back, that seem to be slipping away.  Here’s how:

  1. Block your days out on your calendar. If you have your “to do” list, and you have 8 hours at work, block out each day in hour segments, and do as much as you can in the time that you have.  Same goes for your evenings.  How long will dinner take?  How long will your workout take?  Do you have time for other things?  Laundry?  Dishes?  Block it out!  It will make you stay on schedule and you won’t be wandering around wondering what to tackle next.
  2. Plan ahead. This goes hand in hand with #1.  If you have a couple minutes to sit down and plan out your future week/days/nights, whatever it may be, you will spend less time in the moment debating on what you have time for.
  3. When necessary, it’s okay to say no. If you have something on your calendar, that is a priority, and you have been planning it for a long time, it’s okay to say no to other things that might come up at the same time.  Actually, you will feel much better if you say no and actually accomplish what you hoped you would on your calendar.
  4. Keep a calendar. This is a theme that has been woven throughout the first three items on this list.  However, none of the above is possible without a calendar.  Whether it be digital, or paper, it makes no difference.  Just keep track of your schedule!

*Disclaimer: you still have to enjoy life, and you still have to be flexible.  So, when you are putting stuff on your calendar, don’t over-commit yourself, and know with confidence that things will happen, and plans will change.  However, having a plan is a great start!

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