Time is so precious—isn’t it a shame to spend more of it doing things you don’t want to do than things you love? But for many of us, that’s the reality. Though the “perfect day” is split up into three eight-hour periods of work/play/sleep, that’s not really how things break down. Many of us probably spend closer to 10 hours on the work department, whether that’s because our commute is long or we’re still stuck responding to work-related emails when we get home. And as for that “play” time—a lot of that is eaten up by chores and life admin tasks like doing laundry and picking up prescriptions. Oh, and eight hours of sleep. Who is really getting that? I know I, personally, may try to be in bed for eight hours but between having anxiety and getting up to use the restroom a few times, I’m only asleep for five and a half of those. Wouldn’t it be nice to get some of your time back? You can, if you work smarter—not harder—in these ways.
Work on your commute
If you take the bus or metro to work, you’re just sitting there: you can get an early start on work. If you need the Internet, you can use the hot spot from your phone or you can purchase a portable WiFi router. If you find yourself with about 30 minutes left of work and you have a 30-minute commute, leave early, and finish it on the way home.