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10 Ways to Find More Hours in Your Day

We all wish we had just a bit more time. Just think what you could do with an extra hour or two each day: you could finally stick to an exercise routine, or spring-clean the house, or write your novel, or learn the guitar, or get a new qualification. I can’t magically make all your days 25 hours long. But I can help you find more hours in your day for the things that really matter. Get Out of Bed Earlier If you normally get up at 7.30am, try getting up at 7am. That half-hour might not sound like much — but it could be time that you use to meditate, to exercise, to read that book you’ve been meaning to finish, or simply to […]

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7 Reasons Why You Are Time Poor

It is a common complaint, “I don’t have enough time.” In fact, I’d bet that you said these exact words in the last 48 hours. “I don’t have enough time to… …finish my work, …get in shape, …start a hobby, …spend with my family.” While we all have the same amount of time in the day, why is it that some people seem to accomplish a ton more than you? From the President to the postman, people all have the same time frame but accomplish loads more than in a single day that you seem to accomplish in a week. Why is this? Why do some struggle and drown in their obligations, while others make the impossible seem effortless? Why are some people time poor […]

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9 Ways to Never Be Late Again

There are three things that remind me of my father’s car: the Beach Boys, ChapStick, and a clock that is intentionally ten minutes fast. My father is one of those people who lives in his own time zone: Jeff Standard Time, sandwiched somewhere between Greenwich Mean and Mountain. I used to tease my father for setting his clocks fast to try (and rarely succeed) at fooling himself into punctuality. Now I find myself doing the same thing. I know my alarm clock is set ten minutes fast, but there’s some glimmer of hope that in the fog between sleep and wakefulness, I’ll read the blaring red numbers, forget that I’m playing games with myself, jump out of bed, and get the proverbial early-bird worm. Excuses, […]

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Downtime? 25 Alternatives to Reaching for Your Smartphone

You may not realize it, but you’re a drug addict. The drug I’m talking about is your smartphone. You can’t deny it. The first moment you have a second free, what do you reach for? You’re waiting for the train or the bus. Or you’ve just gotten out of a meeting. You’ve been disconnected for like, 27 minutes now! Got to check what’s going on in the world. Did you get an email? Did someone “like” your status? Did you get retweeted? You’ve gotta know now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m just as guilty as you. I know whenever there’s an “in-between” moment I automatically—it’s a reflex—reach for my smartphone. I notice my pulse elevate slightly in anticipation just before I get that first hit: […]

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Getting Things Done: The Art of Time Management

Drop into any office during peak working hours and you are sure to find people busy at their desks trying to get their day’s work done; yet, at the end of the day, it seems like there is still so much left undone.  Speak to any stay-at-home parent and you will find them complaining of always racing against the clock to get all their jobs done.  What’s the problem here? It’s obviously not a lack of effort because everyone works pretty hard; it is more likely to be a lack of an important skill – time management.  If you find yourself nodding in reply to the description of people stressed for time, here are a few ideas you may find useful in managing time better. […]

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Go Clutter-Free and Boost Your Productivity

We’ve got a lot of distractions. Between the TV, our laptops, our smartphones, our friends and our jobs, there’s a lot going on a lot of the time. It’s hard to be creative, to be innovative and to just be productive when you have a million different things grabbing your attention. How are you supposed to just hunker down and focus? How can you increase your productivity without decreasing your morale? On average, employees waste 4.3 hours per week looking for items that have wandered from their original spot. It’s easy to see why that leads to stress and frustration – think how hot and bothered you get when you can’t find the TV remote in the couch cushions. Whether you’re at work or home, […]

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How to Effectively Measure the Amount Of Work You Actually Do

I remember reading somewhere that only a fraction of the work we do every day is productive work. Rest is not actual work; we just fool ourselves to believe that it is. I think that if each of one us were to take a minute and carefully think about the work accomplished during the last 24 hour period, it won’t be too difficult to not agree with what I said in the first paragraph above. With distractions galore, both online and offline, it is easy to get sucked into a non-work routine which feels like work. The purpose of this article is to try and measure the real, hardcore work we do every day and to find out ways to eliminate the distractions that stand […]

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How to Find Enough Time to Do Everything You Want

We could all do with a few more hours in the day. There are so many different things we want to do, in every aspect of our lives. We want to improve our financial status, get further with our career, take part in the hobbies which bring us alive, and give something back to the world. No wonder we get overwhelmed. No wonder we end up aimlessly surfing the net or watching reruns on TV, because we just don’t know where to begin. Figure Out What You Want First, it’s absolutely crucial to know what you want. You might think that’s the easy bit – but the truth is, this can be really tricky. To figure out what you want, you need to: Get rid […]

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How to Find Time for What Really Matters

Do you ever feel as though weeks, months, even years, are going past, without you making any real progress in your life? Often, our time can get swallowed up in the busy-ness of day-to-day living: emails, commuting, meetings, chores, TV… You’ve probably got some aspects of your life that really matter to you, but that never seem to get the time they deserve. Perhaps it’s your family or friends. Maybe it’s that novel you’ve always meant to write, or that small business you want to start. Here’s how to find enough time for the things that are truly important: Get Up Earlier If you work a regular office job, you might tell yourself that you’ll work out / study / draw up that business plan […]

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How to Know When to Quit

How would you feel if someone called you a “quitter”? My guess is – not good. You might feel hurt, guilty or upset. You almost certainly wouldn’t feel proud of yourself. Quitting gets a bad rap. We’re often encouraged, from an early age, to stick with our projects at all costs – even when we’re totally fed up. You might have come across quotes like Napoleon Hill’s “A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.” Frankly, that’s nonsense. Lots of successful people achieve their real goals by knowing when to quit. You could waste years of your life beating your head against a brick wall – when the real way forwards was to quit, and start something new. I like the way W.C. Fields […]

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