10 Tips for Making an Hour in your Day

by | Jan 5, 2022 | Change Leadership, Mindfulness, Self Care, Time Management | 0 comments

You’ve done it. You’ve gone and set an intention (or resolution) for 2022.

You may have all that nervous, bunny-like energy to get started, but you’re not sure where to start.

Or you started really fast out of the gate with the new habit, and just five days in you’re already feeling your energy wane.

Maybe you haven’t been able to even try because your tricky mind is telling you that you’re just going to fail anyway.

Here’s the thing about starting a new habit – it takes time. If you want to do a couch to 5K running program, you don’t just start by running the whole 5k. You might start with walking half a mile and work your way up. Muscle has to form to build endurance to run the whole race. This idea applies to every new thing you start.

Whatever your intention for 2022, I bet that it requires making some time in your schedule. Chances are, there isn’t much of that to spare in the first place. Unless you just want to sleep one less hour a day. And who wants to do that? Not me. Probably not you.

Before you dive into your intention, take another 3 minutes to read through this list of ways to set aside another hour in your day that does not require giving up sleep. Then, pick one of two of them and see if there’s a little more room for your intention.

Set a regular waking up and going to sleep schedule. This isn’t the same thing as getting up earlier (though it can be). Our bodies like routine. Having an overall routine for yourself will help more things happen in your waking life.

Keep a time journal. For a week, write down how you use your time normally. What things should you keep? What things can you take away?

Eliminate what you do not need. After the previous exercise, cut out the things that aren’t that important to you. Use the time for your intention instead.

Stop scrolling. Almost all of us waste too much time on our phones just scrolling through nonsense on social media. Use that 20 minutes you’d normally waste on Tiktok and Instagram. Remove the programs from your phone or computer if you can’t stop any other way.

Turn off notifications. If you’re still getting visual or sound notification for every email, text message, or response to your social media posts … Stop. One study found that it takes 23 minutes to return to a task when we are interrupted. Spending 20 minutes with your notification settings will save you hours in the long run.

Pause before launching into work. When you sit down at your desk, first pause and think through what needs to happen that day and week.

Time block. Actually block out time on your calendar for things important to you. Schedule time to go to the gym or for a family dinner or to go for a walk in addition to blocking time for important work projects.

Start with less than an hour. Just like the couch to 5k, you might need to work your way up. Try setting aside only 15 minutes at first for your intention and working your way up from there.

Get an accountability group. If you meet with a group weekly or monthly to talk about your intention, you are going to be more likely to do what you say you’re going to do. 

Offer yourself some grace. You’re not going to live into a new habit overnight. Give yourself grace in advance for the inevitable fits and starts of living into your intention.

I hope this helps you put your 2022 intention into action!

Become a Time Boss. Reading these tips alone may not be enough. Work with me and a group of other wonderful souls to implement these and other time management practices during my online retreat Feb. 1-8. 

I’m also experimenting with a new way to register. Basically, the earlier you register, the deeper the discount. I’ll send exclusive information and discounts, but only to people who sign up by Jan. 10. Join the waitlist.


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