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Magically Making More Hours in a Day

By Randi Morse

Has someone invented a time machine yet? Can somebody get on that, because there definitely are not enough hours during the day for me to get everything done that I need to do. I know a lot of people feel like that, like there just isn't enough time in the day for you to achieve all of your goals while still having some time to rest. Relaxation is extremely important for your mental health as it lowers your stress level, which not only keeps you mentally healthy but also helps keep you physically healthy as well. Here are a few easy ways to add more time to your day.

Make a list - One of the problems I have with getting everything done is the fact that all of the things I need to accomplish swirl around in my head. It makes it feel like there is more to do and stresses me out as well. Making a list can help get everything out of your head. By having a list of the things you need to do in front of you, not only are you lowering your stress level because you don't have to remember it all; you can focus on getting one thing at a time done.

Combine things - One day you need to go grocery shopping, the next day you need to go sign up Junior for summer soccer. Instead of doing these two things on two different days, do them both on the same day. Sign up Junior and then go get groceries. Yes, it can seem to be more hectic but if you block things out by day rather than by hour, you can schedule large chunks of time for relaxing.

Schedule less things -  OK, I know it's easier to talk about scheduling fewer activities than it is to do, but it's important to eliminate some activities in your life, especially if you are feeling like you are stretched too thin. Examine the different activities or organizations that you are affiliated with and ask yourself if the time you are spending on these things is helping get you closer to your lifetime goals? 

We can't magically make more hours appear in a day, and we often can't shorten the amount of chores or responsibilities we have. But if you focus on being organized and cutting out activities or responsibilities that don't get you closer to your goals, you'll be able to squeeze some more free time out of your day. At least until that time machine gets built.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Walnut Creek, Calif.

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