You’ve heard it said there are only so many hours in the day. But you’ve also heard it said that time is relative. It’s true you can’t change the number of clock hours in a day (you can change the number of clock hours available to you and what each one of those hours means).
- Rules like recovering that “stand in line” time with your filofax in hand, can do that for you. The most obvious time to multi-task is when the other task is waiting.
- Getting back that lying in bed time (cultivate sleeping immediately, and rising with the bell) and unnecessary shower time, as well as paying the extra dollar to get something at the drugstore rather than going to Target (which will even out in gas, as well), are ways to put chunks of time back in your control.
- You can also change your health habits, and bend time that way. Enough physical labour, rejecting too many carbs, and focusing on foods that offer sustained natural energy, can make each subsequent hour an opportunity for twice the effectiveness.
- Work on not repeating yourself. Let others be responsible for hearing you the first time. Stop planning for them; let them do it. Regain the losses spent on repetition of your own effort, and doubling up with someone else’s. It only takes one person to change a lightbulb. Let it be dark a few times, if necessary.
Of course there are many more ways but, if you do these four, you can handle more. If not, more won’t help.