How to create an extra hour in your day

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We all, at some point in our life, have the disgruntled feeling that we've been robbed of our time.

It comes to the end of the day and not only are we in disbelief at the late hour but we feel unsatisfied about what we've achieved. We feel, well, robbed.

What if I told you that you didn't have to go to bed with sour grapes in your mouth. What if I told you there was a trick to add an extra hour to your day when you need it most.

Well, it's true. You can add an extra hour to your day and here is how;

1. Check emails max 3 times a day

Try to only respond to (non-urgent emails) at one time during the day. This avoids trying to multitask and it's highly inefficient doing them one by one at various points of the day.

2 Don't multitask

Multitasking makes you inefficient at every task before you whilst making you feel very stressed in the process. It's a completely redundant system and you shouldn't do it. Only focus on one thing at a time and avoid mistakes. Also, it's a myth that it makes you complete tasks faster, you take longer and risk a low output. I think I've made my point. Do not multitask.

3. Batch work tasks

This means tackle similar tasks together. So for example, if you need to call various people, do it all at once. It makes no sense to mix up tasks when you can batch them and hit them all together.

4. Cut out all distractions

Don't try to sit down to do a piece of work and then aimlessly scroll on social media in between. It's like eating junk food, great at the time but you hate yourself afterwards. Distractions just make tasks take longer than they should. Have discipline. Cut them out.

5. Clear your environment

Clear your workspace of all clutter. Make sure that only your immediate work area such as your desk is clear and clutter free but also make sure that your office, room, workshop are all tidy too.

6. Exercise

A strong exercise regime gives you more energy which in turn, allows you to sleep less. Try waking up an hour earlier to exercise, it sounds awful but trust me it's great and it will give you more energy than caffeine ever could.

Remember that every minute saved will build up to that extra hour each day! Imagine what you could do with an extra hour in your day.

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