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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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.


I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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