What it means to better manage your time and be more productive!
1,440. It sounds like a pretty big number, doesn’t it? 1,440 of anything would make for a lot in most scenarios – but today we’re talking about minutes. In fact, 1,440 is exactly how many minutes you have in a day.
In our daily lives, most of us are faced with a similar routine. We wake up, we go to work, and we come home – eventually, we sleep and do it all again. And although our days and routines might vary from day to day, time is the constant. It’s the unchanging certainty that ticks along in the background.
Because time is always ticking, we often make it our enemy. Time is something everyone worries about daily.
We worry about making it to work on time. We worry about finishing our tasks in a timely manner. We worry about spending enough time with family or friends. We worry about getting enough time to sleep so that we can do it all the next day without feeling exhausted.
Although we fret that there’s not enough time to fit in all of our daily activities, we tend to waste time on less productive – or even unhealthy – habits. Here are a few bad habits most of us can’t seem to shake:
- 11 hours on the phone: Whether it’s listening, reading, browsing, or watching, market research group Nielsen has found that we spend upward of 11 hours per day on our phones and tablets. Even if that’s not the case for you, you can probably admit to wasting at least a few hours on your phone while at home.
Instead, consider spending some of that time on exercise. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. That’s enough to keep most people healthy and in shape.
- 30 minutes deciding on dinner, 30 minutes eating it: As it turns out, we seem to be pretty fickle when it comes to selecting our food for the evening. Americans spend about 30 minutes deciding what to eat. Then they might spend another 30 minutes driving to a fast-food restaurant, waiting in line at the drive-thru, and taking their meal home. That’s a solid hour of time wasted – to what end? Usually a disappointing stomachache.
Instead, try cooking a healthy meal at home. It only takes about 30 minutes to prepare a perfectly tasty home-cooked meal. Don’t believe it? Take that up with Rachael Ray!
- Two hours worrying: According to a UK study, people were found to spend about 1 hour and 50 minutes a day worrying. Surely, this is something we can all relate to. Whether it’s about bills, our health, or (ironically enough) not having enough time to do the things we need to do, we all probably spend too much time worrying.
Instead of letting our worries get the best of us, let’s take that time we waste fretting to get ahead of our racing brains. One solution is meditation and mindfulness. Multiple studies have shown the powerful results of meditation as a treatment for stress and anxiety. When you find yourself wasting your precious time with worry, try spending 30 minutes on meditation.
Time is an ever-moving facet of our lives that we often misuse and abuse – and with all of the stress that comes with daily life, who can blame us? When there are so many things to get done in the day, time quickly becomes a nuisance. However, learning how to manage our time better should be a priority.
There are only so many minutes in the day: 1,440. At LiveWell 1440, we strive to be aware of how much time we all have during the day, and our goal is to optimize every second of it.
Our company serves to perfectly integrate with yours to create a custom wellness program suited for you and your employees. Whether it’s about time management, exercise, or diet, we have you covered. Contact us today and let us know what we can do to help optimize the overall health of your company.