Learning and Time Management

Think about the last time you had too much time on your hands. Did it last very long? Probably not, I can think of two people that might say they have too much time on their hands consistently; the retired and the incarcerated. When it comes to your time, how do you like to spend it? The answer should be on what brings you happiness. This article does not intend on telling you how to place a value on your time, instead it dives into the secrets that can enhance your wellbeing with minor allocations in your day, as well as, how to gain time.

Two simple things to work on in your spare time can payoff in the future.

Different languages of text saying, "welcome".

    1. Start learning a new language! Let’s put things into perspective. Spend 15 minutes a day, 4 days out of a week, and work on it 8 out of 12 months. As you can tell this is very reasonable goal and you will be proficient in a second language in less than a decade. How many more decades do you want to live? Not only have studies shown how learning another language can increase your intelligence, but you will feel the “kudos” from family and friends.

Go with an easier language you don’t need to dive into a difficult language. We want to enhance our lives slowly over time with spare minutes here and there, not fully immerse ourselves in one sitting. Easy languages to learn would be: French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, or Swedish.

  1. Give meditation a try. This is another exercise you can perform to increase your wellbeing. Again, try to find 15 minutes every other day, or an hour a week; we believe you can do it. Merideth Melnick from the Huffington Post found out and wrote an interesting article on the health benefits and incorporating this in into your life can have major benefits. This is what she said,

”Studies show that meditation is associated with improvement in a variety of psychological areas, including stress, anxiety, addiction, depression, eating disorders and cognitive function, among others. There’s also research to suggest that meditation can reduce blood pressure, pain response, stress hormone levels and even cellular health.”

 

How to find time when you don’t have time?

We could list a cliché list, (watch less tv, spend less time with friends, stop wasting time surfing the web, and even sleep less), we’re not going to do that. Although, these are great and good ways to really apply yourself let’s take a moment and look at other ways to gain more time within your typical lifestyle.

      1. Record television shows. Do you know how much time gets eaten away from commercials? According to TVWeek a 30 minute show can have 14 minutes 13 seconds of commercials. If you don’t want to eliminate your daily habit of tv watching think of hunting down an old VCR (truly a simple way of recording television), or use that DVR, or you can switch to commercial free streaming with Netflix or HBOGO or Amazon Prime. This is one of the quickest ways to gain more time to practice your Francais.
        1. The true value of service businesses. The service industry can save you a lot of time on home chores. Lawn care, house cleaning, car detailing, and errand running can add valuable time back to your day. Maybe you can afford all of them, problem solved, but not all of us can. Take a step back and pick one from the list that takes you the longest to do; can you budget in that one service. Look for different tiers and frequencies maybe you can afford the monthly service, but not the weekly. Don’t forget to give those teenagers a try. They are looking for part time work, want extra cash, and are the cheapest option. They do require a little bit more supervision than the pros. Either way you can gain significant time back to your life by trying this. Regain your time and squeeze more happiness in your life!

Silhouette of a woman meditating with a sunsetting over the ocean.

References:

How Long Does it Take to Become Proficient? (n.d.). Retrieved November 28, 2016, from http://www.languagetesting.com/how-long-does-it-take

How Many Minutes of Commercials Are Shown in an Average TV Hour? The Number Has Been Steadily Climbing | TVWeek. (n.d.). Retrieved November 28, 2016, from http://www.tvweek.com/tvbizwire/2014/05/how-many-minutes-of-commercial/

Melnick, M. (n.d.). Meditation Health Benefits: What The Practice Does To Your Body. Retrieved November 28, 2016, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/30/meditation-health-benefits_n_3178731.html

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