Working is an obvious part of life. That doesn’t mean we should settle on working until we die without getting the most out of each and every day.
The mundane routine of working full-time is typically something people do for 40+ years. This can make each day seem unimportant and predictable.
However, each day usually comes with a few extra hours. Those hours can make all the difference between a productive day or another day of feeling overwhelmed and stretched too thin.
In order to get the most out of your day, those hours should be utilized to their fullest to help you work toward your goals and the overall productiveness of your day.
A smart use of these few hours will also help you achieve a daily balance and hopefully a new found purpose for your future.
Get Your Sleep
Sleep should be non-negotiable. Often, we are so busy that we put the importance of sleep on the back burner.
This really shouldn’t be.
Our bodies need sleep to function properly. Without the proper sleep, we could literally be killing ourselves.
While occasional instances will arise where we need to stay up extra late or get up extremely early, this should not become a habit.
Poor sleep habits often lead to multiple issues with the body that affects the overall quality of life.
Science has even shown that it’s not possible to catch up on lost sleep. The best thing for you to do is to alter your routine so that you are getting between 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night.
Over time, your body and sanity will thank you for it and you’ll be able to get the most out of your day.
Short and Sweet Workout
I used to feel so overwhelmed by the idea that a workout is only successful if it was a solid one hour, extremely sweaty workout.
I now know that’s not the case.
While those long, sweaty workouts might be good for some people, I find that a quick 15-20 minute workout does the trick for me.
With my busy schedule if I try to commit to something longer than 15 minutes I will dread it and possibly not do it.
By committing to 15 minutes 3-4 days a week, I am able to plan quick and intentional workouts that I tailor to my body’s needs. This quick exercise makes me feel refreshed and accomplished and it helps me get the most out of my day.
Still unsure that a 15-minute workout is effective? Check out this post on the benefits of a 15-minute workout.
Get Clear About Your Goals
What are your goals? What do you dream about for your future? What’s on your bucket list?
Most people don’t want to work for the rest of their lives and then die without having accomplished their goals.
Working full-time only allows you a few hours each day to dedicate toward your future so it’s vital to have a clear focus on what your goals are.
If you know you want to work on a project or start a side hustle, being unorganized or unsure about what you’re working toward will waste valuable time.
To get the most of your day, your spare time needs to be intentional.
If you struggle with intentionality on your goals, write them out. By having them written down you can easily refer to them and make sure that the tasks you are working on aids in your future success.
Intentionality on your goals will help you get the most out of your day and will leave you feeling accomplished and motivated.
Get Up 2 – 3 Hours Early
Mornings are amazing. Get up and experience them!
If you start work at 8:00am like most people, waking up early can be especially tough. I personally am not a morning person and I cherish every minute of sleep I get.
When I decided to stop rushing to work every morning my life literally changed. I decided to commit to waking up about 2 hours before I have to leave for work. I now have time to do a morning devotional, stretch, and work on my writing all before getting ready for my day. This has been my favorite adjustment and will be great for you to get the most out of your day.
Many of the most successful people also get up early. Click here to see how early your favorite person wakes up.
Time is limited. There is no use in saying ‘yes’ to things you don’t want to do.
Saying no to friends (or even family) can be difficult, but if you want to make the most out of your day, sometimes saying no is what’s best for you and your future.
Sometimes our biggest distractions come from those closest to us. In these cases, you have to remind yourself of your goals and realize that time is limited.
This doesn’t mean you have to cut off friendships and cause problems with your loved ones, it simply means that it’s okay to pass up on hanging out in order to get the most out of your day.
Know When to Treat Yo’Self
Every day is not treat yo’self day. But, some days do require a treat.
A treat can be anything you want it to be. A break, a fancy meal, shopping, a nap, a trip, anything.
Remember, you work really hard! It’s okay to take a day here and there for yourself.
If you dedicate the majority of your time to getting the most out of your day, then you have earned some time off.
Treating yourself also helps you avoid burn out. If you are constantly on the go without ever taking time for yourself, you could experience burnout, frustration, overwhelm, stress, and so many other negatives.
Avoid all that by allowing yourself to take the occasional break and treating yourself.
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Prepare the Night Before
To save time in the morning, set your clothes out the night before. By knowing what you are already going to wear the moment you wake up, you are able to focus your time and energy elsewhere.
Additionally, you can make your breakfast and/or lunch the night before so that you don’t have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
Small preparations such as these will help you get the most out of your day.
Although working is a natural way of life, it’s still possible to have successful and productive days. With some intentionality and preparation, it’s completely possible to get the most out of each and every day.