Summer is a great time to get out and do more for yourself. But, finding time in your day can be difficult, so I created tips to help people maximize time and find an extra “do more” hour each day.
Here are five things I recommend:
1. Change your thinking. Instead of focusing on negative, overwhelming thoughts, such as "I'm so busy" and "I don't have time for anything," empower yourself to think “I can” and “I will.” Make good use of your time and realize you can only do so much in one day.
2. Track how you spend your time. For one week, do the simple exercise of noting what you're doing each hour. Knowing where you’re spending your time can have a huge impact.
3. Determine which tasks and activities are vital and which are optional. Structure less important tasks around those that are essential. Schedule your day putting the important tasks first, using the first 15 minutes of your morning to organize your work area when you are freshest and most energetic.
4. Prepare the night before. Before going to bed, decide what you’ll wear the next day and set it out. Prep the coffeemaker so a fresh cup is already made in the morning and you’ll be good-to-go.
5. Plan a route. Group errands geographically by using grocery stores, dry cleaners and gas stations that are near each other. You can avoid having to stop for food along the way by carrying a snack in your bag. Saving travel time adds up.
Safeco Insurance® recently launched the #MY60 campaign to encourage people to take back 60 minutes of their day over a 60-day period. You can find more of my advice and other resources at Safeco.com/MY60 or share your own tips on Twitter @safecoinsurance#MY60.
About Jonathan Alpert
Jonathan Alpert is a Manhattan-based psychotherapist and author of the book Be Fearless: Change Your Life in 28 Days, published in 2012. He is licensed as a professional counselor in the states of New York and Pennsylvania and in Washington, D.C., and he holds an advanced degree in psychology.
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