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Ever notice how some people seem to magically have more time than others? They have time to go to the gym, go for a walk or watch a flick while every second of your day is depleted by daily chores and responsibilities? How is this so when we all have the same 24 hours in a day? How can you incorporate a little “me” time to take in the freshness of the summer breeze or appreciate the little things in life when there is seemingly no time to spare? Well, it isn’t necessarily about gaining more time but about shifting it so that it appears as though you do.

Let’s say you work and attend school full time. You get up at 5:30 and spend an hour and a half getting ready before leaving the house. You take an hour-long train ride to work and after your eight-hour shift you’re on your way to school for around three to four hours. With this in mind, you’re probably thinking, “See? No time!” Au contraire! Here are a few simple shifts that can make a world of difference in your life:

  1. Stand up, don’t sleep! Many people find they fall asleep on their way to work. Instead of taking a seat, stand. While doing so you can read a couple of pages of a novel or review the notes you would otherwise spend time doing at home.
  2. Make a syllabus of the things you need to do and allocate an equal amount of time you will spend on each thing so you don’t neglect the other.
  3. Prepare at least three or four days worth of meals as well as your wardrobe so that all you have to do is grab and go!
  4. Go to bed! Many of us stay up later than we should when we can get to bed earlier. Doing so, we can get up earlier to use that time to simply breathe a little or do a host of other little things you would normally “not have time to do”.

As you can see all it takes is a little change to make a change and before you know it you’ll be breathing calmly, walking slowly and enjoying the simple things in life because, well…you’ll have time!

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