It’s often said that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. But this weekend – Sunday at 2 a.m., to be exact – a bit of relief comes as the end of daylight savings time adds an extra hour to our day.
And while one extra hour for one day of the year doesn’t seem like much, it can serve as more than just an added 60 minutes. It’s an opportunity to remind ourselves just how much can be done in one hour. In case you’ve forgotten, it’s a lot more than you think. Here are some things to do to maximize your extra hour, as well as all of your hours in the future.
Clean up your computer “E-clutter” is no joke, and it’s probably taking over more places than you realize. Taking just one hour to clean up your computer and online accounts can make your desktop simpler, make finding files easier, and remind you of lingering emails. If that takes less than an hour, move on to updating your online accounts like Linkedin or organizing pictures.
Read something If updating online accounts and decluttering email sounds too much like a regular day to you, unplugging completely may be your best option. An hour is the perfect amount of time to pick up a newspaper and read it front to back, or to get lost in a short story or book. Try one of these.
Clean out an area Regularly taking the time to clean out your room or home is also conducive to greater productivity. Try organizing your area by separating schoolwork from personal work and office supplies from entertainment. Another simple task that can have plenty of benefits (including a tax refund) is going through clothes and storage items to see what unnecessary items you can donate to charity.
Assess where you stand in your classes Students often spend so much time living assignment-to-assignment and test–to-test that they forget to step back to see the bigger picture. Take a quick hour each week to remind yourself of your progress in your class and set new goals. It can also be a good idea to write down a few questions you may have for your professor so you can gain further clarity during office hours or through a short email conversation.
Workout When we find ourselves with less hours in our days than we’d like, exercise is often the first thing to be sacrificed in the name of productivity. But an hour or less can be the perfect amount of time for a quick workout. These 30 workouts, for example, will all allow you to quickly work up a sweat so you can take care of your body as diligently as you do your work.
Budget Another important task that can get forgotten in the rush of school and work is finance: assessing bank statements and planning financially for the future. Take an hour this week to make sure that all your debts are paid off, that you’re spending your money the way you want to, and that you’re prepared for your next month of budgeting.
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