We’re all busy for most of the day, but there are moments of time that we spend waiting; at the bus stop, in a bank queue or at a doctor’s office. We can’t take away the time that you wait, but we can show you how to make your minutes count.
You may think that 15 minutes is very short, but if you use these minutes wisely every day, you get an extra 91 hours a year. Whether you wake up earlier or take 15 minutes from your lunch break, here are just 3 ways that you can make these minutes worthwhile.
- Planning: get your day organised by writing a to-do list the night before. Pick 3 (or even 1!) things you absolutely have to do, and get them done first thing in the morning.
- Downtime: It’s important to find time to relax, so use these minutes to meditate, sing along to your favourite band, or listen to a motivational speaker.
- Reconnect: If there’s a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in a while, pick up the phone or send an email and re-establish your connection.
Manage your time better, and commit 30 minutes a day to a specific task, and you’ll gain a productive 182 hours – or 7 days – for the year. Don’t procrastinate, get proactive today! Here are 3 examples of things you can do in 30 minutes.
- Exercise: Exercising daily is essential if you want to stay healthy. Whether you get your heart rate up at a gym class or simply get some fresh air walking the dog, exercise every day – even if it’s just for half an hour.
- Organise: When you live and work in a clutter-free environment, you’re able to concentrate more and be more productive. So throw away old, broken or expired items, and reorganise your desk, fridge, kitchen, garage or bedroom.
- Clean your car: Take out all the rubbish, wipe down the dashboard and centre console, clean your windows and vacuum the seats.
An hour is a big chunk of time and if you put 60 minutes a day to good use, you’ll have gained 365 hours – or just over 2 weeks – at the end of the year. Read these 3 different ways of putting 60 minutes to good use.
- Bedtime: Turn off the TV, put down your phone, and get to bed earlier. With quality sleep you’ll wake up feeling happier, energised and you’ll be able to focus more during the day.
- Learn something: Start a course, try a new hobby or learn a language. You can find courses on a huge variety of topics if you search on the internet, and many of them are free. Pick something you’ve always wanted to try, or go with a topic that really interests you.
- Admin: Everyone has to-do lists, but not everyone is good at getting things done. Write down your list, divide it into manageable parts – say 3 items a day – and then start doing them so you can cross them off your list.
Life is made up of a string of independent moments and how you use these portions of time, will determine how productive you are. Use your spare 15, 30 or 60 minutes wisely – and give yourself the gift of time.
As a GetMore member you can get more time by making use of your eight benefits and services. Whether you’re standing in a bus queue or sitting at the hairdresser, phone us on 084 11 438 48 and we’ll help you do your banking, get you multiple quotes from removal companies or get you a great deal on a new TV – while you wait!