How To Make More Time In Your Day

How To Make More Time In Your Day

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Many would agree that there just aren’t enough hours in a day to accomplish what is necessary, let alone enough time to get started on accomplishing new goals. While we wish we could hit the gym, read that book or buy that puppy, we know that our priorities will deter us from actually being able to make space for those types of daily commitments. Here are some quick tips to help you gain the time to do the things you please.


Say NO to Television 

Although we brag about binge-watching Netflix, gossip about the latest episode of American Horror Story, and boast about re-watching the Lizzie McGuire Aaron Carter episode for the 50th time, we can all pretty much agree that watching TV is more of a negative than a positive influence on our lives. 

Want to know how much time you’re truly wasting on your favorite television shows? Check out tiii.me and it will tell you the amount of days, hours and minutes you have wasted away while intently watching shows. According to Radio Times, if you’ve watched every season of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How I Met Your Mother, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Sex and the City, Friday Night Lights, Lost, Homeland, Girls, Revenge and one season of Sherlock, you’ve wasted 20 days, 16 hours and 49 minutes sitting in front of your TV. Reality check. Let’s face it — TV sucks you in for hours a day and leaves you with nothing to show for it, so leave that time for something else. 

Change Your Cleaning Regimen 

Ever let your place get so dirty that you have to set aside several hours to clean it up? Spreading this time out or even eliminating this “cleaning period” entirely, is possible if you are smart. Spread the “cleaning period” out by doing a small load of laundry while you’re getting ready in the morning, doing your dishes and putting them in the dishwasher after every meal and surface cleaning a different room each day. Want to eliminate some time during this “cleaning period?” Throw your clothes in the laundry hamper instead of on the floor, put everything back in its place after you use it, get rid of unnecessary items cluttering your kitchen counter … you get my drift. Committing to doing these simple tasks day-in and day-out will leave you more time to do as you please. 

Want to start a new cleaning habit each month? Try Apartment Therapy’s 30-day Schedule. A quick Google search can change your life forever. 

Schedule Your Time 

Instead of making simple to-do lists, add time to your tasks. Have to write a five page paper? Schedule 2.5 hours. At the beginning of the semester, time yourself on how long it takes to write and edit a page then multiply it by the number of pages you have to write. Want to go to the gym? Schedule two hours. Fifteen minutes to the gym, one hour at the gym, 15 minutes back home and 30 minutes to shower. Going to get drinks with your friend? Only allow yourself two drinks then bounce. Don’t let getting drinks at 5 p.m. lead to you coming home at 2 a.m. on a week night. 

Use a planner with time slots (i.e. Gallery Leather Maine Planner) or use your iCalendar to set aside time (with notifications) for each of your day’s tasks. 

Wake Up Early

For those of you that absolutely hate the thought of getting up early, hear me out. First, let’s start with some stats thanks to Forbes. 

1. In a recent study, college students who identified themselves as “early risers” got a full point higher on their GPAs than those identified as “night owls.” 

2. Early risers are better planners, tend to anticipate problems and are generally more optimistic than those who stay up late. 

3. People who exercise in the mornings tend to stick to the habit of going to the gym better than those who try to exercise in the evenings. 

4. Waking up with the sun and going to sleep when it sets is biologically more natural for your body. 

5. Traffic and parking lots are a lot less crowded in the mornings. 

In addition, waking up before the rest of the world can reduce distractions in the form of emails, social media, texts and in-person conversations. Have trouble studying without checking Twitter? Try frequently looking at your timeline at 5 a.m. I promise it isn’t very exciting. 

Download the Sleep Cycle app to find out the best sleep cycle so that waking up early is easier for you. 

Put Your Cell Phone Down

Like TV, your cell phone can be a time-waster. Between texting, social media and games there is no telling how much time we truly spend on our phones. Therefore, the best way to power down is to know how much time you are spending on your phone in the first place then limit and channel the extra time for productive activities. 

I highly recommend using the Moment app to not only find out how many minutes you’re spending on your phone per day, but also the amount of time you spend on each phone activity and the time of day you tend to use your phone the most. These insights can help you focus on directing that time toward other, more beneficial tasks. Additionally, you can set a limit on how much time you allow yourself to spend on your phone. Now get out there and achieve your goals!

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."
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Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."


3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."


4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.


"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.


“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.


Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."


25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.


"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.


"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."


30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.


"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"


32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."


34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."


35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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6 Ways To Decorate Your Dorm Or Apartment For The Holidays On A Budget

Baby, it's cold outside.

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As the holiday season approaches, it's easy to get sucked into the Pinterest vortex of holiday decorations, party favors, clothes and more. Unfortunately most of us college students don't have the money for all of this cute stuff so we have to watch for bargains or DIY it. Here are my six recommendations to get into the Christmas spirit:

1. String some festive lights in your room

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199565827208188172/

I have Christmas lights hanging up in my room all year around because I love them so much, but you can find some cheap lights at Target or Walmart. You can get snowflake lights, lantern lights, normal Christmas lights or anything else that you want. Use command strips to hang them up, and soon it'll feel more relaxing and you'll be more in the Christmas spirit.

2. Use window clings

https://guide.alibaba.com/shop/merry-christmas-window-clings-north-pole-train-snowflakes-penguins-gingerbread-men-1-sheet-15-clings_1005699551.html

I love window clings! You stick them on from the inside (obviously) and then you can see them from the outside. I have different window clings for almost every season. If you have some old window clings that don't stick anymore, just put a little bit of water on the back of them and they'll stick like they're brand new.

3. Raid the Target dollar section

https://corporate.target.com/article/2015/11/bullseyes-playground

So, this depends on where you live and how often your local Target changes out their dollar section, but you would be surprised in what you could find there!

4. Hunt around for a mini tree (real or fake)

https://www.yourbestdigs.com/reviews/best-artificial-christmas-trees/?nabt=1&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

I used to have a fake little green Christmas tree with cute little ornaments but sadly I don't have it anymore nor do I have room for it anywhere in my room. A little Christmas tree in your room or on your dresser just makes everything a little bit more festive. I used to have my little Christmas tree on my dresser until my cat found it. Yeah, you know where that is going.

5. Make easy DIY decorations

http://findinghomefarms.com/10-minute-christmas-decorating-idea-chalk-pen-galvanized-buckets/

Pinterest is the best website for this, well actually they're known for DIY projects. Why spend $50 on one Christmas decoration when you can do a DIY and spend only $20?

6. Use Winter themed candles

http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/e/christmas-gift-guide.html

I love Bath and Body works because they always have the best sales and you can usually get something half priced or sometimes something for free! Plus everything smells so good in that store and it's so tempting to buy everything but if you come into the store with a goal, you'll leave with your goal.

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