How to gain an extra 7 to 14 hours a week!

January 24th, 2007 by Sit up a Tree

Want an extra 14 hours a week?  Really, it is possible, and no, you don’t need a time machine!  All it takes are a few simple lifestyle changes, each of which can gain you an extra 7 to 14 hours a week of time that you can spend more productively.

Just imagine what you could do with all that extra time!

  • Get up an hour earlier and go to bed an hour later
    Most people are getting way too much sleep.  If you sleep 8 hours a day, that mounts up to 56 hours a week (or 2,33 days!).  Over a month that is a whole 10 days spend in bed.  Live to be 90 and you’ve spend 30 years in your pit. 
    Claw back some of that time by getting up an hour earlier and going to bed an hour later.
  • Make use of car time
    If you spend a lot of time in your car, make good use of it.  Turn your car into a learning machine and listen to audio books and personal development tapes and CDs.  Install a car phone so you can be conducting business while on the move.  Don’t look at car time as wasted time.
    If you travel by train or bus instead of car, there’s no reason why you can’t make use of that time constructively either – in fact, you can do more since you’re not driving!
  • Do you really need to take a “lunch hour”?
    The answer is no, you don’t.  Eat quickly and then use the remaining time constructively, either by getting more work done or doing something that you really want to do.
  • Cut down on telly time
    The TV will suck your time like nothing else.  Plan what shows you want to watch in advance, watch them and then turn the TV off and get on with your life. 
    Want to watch a series?  Why waste time watching it when it airs – buy it on DVD when it’s out and watch it when you want to watch it.  This has the added advantage of not having commercial breaks that waste your time.  Alternatively, use a system like TiVo to record your programming so you can watch it later.
    Very few people get to the end of their lives and say “I wish I’d watched more TV”.
  • Plan your day in advance
    Many people waste a lot of time because they haven’t planned what they are going to do during the day.  As a result of this they pinball between tasks in an inefficient way.  Five minutes of planning will save you at least a hour each day.

Enjoy the extra time you gain!  Use it wisely!

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