Working full time can become overwhelming and time consuming. Those who work 9 to 5 spend 50%+ of their day light hours in the office. Even though it is only half of our time, working full time requires rest time. So we end up spending around 60% of our time working and recovering from the work. In reality though it feels like the days are getting longer and the nights are getting shorter. So what do you do with your other 40%? Do you feel you even have this much time? This article is going to show you in 4 easy steps how to gain-back lost time so you can have more time to do whatever you enjoy.
Step 1: Finding Time
The first step to finding more time is to use this Activity Chart. Cross-off the times when you are sleeping, at work, in transit or have other commitments. Then in the remaining hours decide which hour you are going to dedicate to family, friends exercise, hobbies etc.
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Step 2: Time Management
Once you have found out where your free time lies, get organized by keeping a diary, having a calendar, setting reminders and setting memos. Set a time for socializing, hobbies, exercise, sleep and work. The key to staying organized is to stick to your schedule. Once you get use to the system you will find you have a lot more time to do all the things you want to as well as staying on top of your work.
Pro Tip: At Nutrition Souq, we use an app called Wunderlist to keep ourselves organized.
Step 3: Work Stays at Work
Never take work home with you. Work is supposed to stay at work. When you start tacking work home with you, complications begin to arise. You might find that you never have time for your family, friends or yourself. If there is a work crisis do it during your lunch break or stay back, but never take it home with you.
Step 3: Prepare Your Lunch Box in Advance
Always prepare for the workweek ahead by spending Sunday night cooking your meals. This will ensure you are always eating healthy and have extra time during your lunch breaks to socialize or spend time getting some fresh air. You will also have your nights free of cooking, so you can enjoy other activities.
Here are four suggested meals to pack for easy lunches:
- 1 can tuna, 2 minute brown rice, 200g ready made salad
- 1 wholegrain wrap, half avocado, 100g grilled chicken breast, lettuce, ½ tomato
- 100g frozen veggies, 150g grilled chicken breast, 100g cooked sweet potato
- 3 boiled eggs, 200g ready made salad, 1 can four bean mix
- For more great lunch ideas check out: http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2015/01/over-50-healthy-work-lunchbox-ideas.html
By incorporating these 4 easy steps into your life you will instantly have more time to do the things you enjoy. Whether that is spending time socializing or taking part in your favorite hobby, you will no doubt feel more fulfilled in life.
Author: Claire Trojkovic
Author Bio: Claire is a personal trainer from Australia and one of the top Nutrition Souq editors. She’s a fitness and travel expert with a degree in Literature and a Certificate 4 in Fitness and Nutrition. Her particular interests are yoga, bodybuilding, diets, weight loss, herbal remedies and travel. She also manages and writes on her own blog and has written guest articles for various online fitness publications.
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