Squeeze An Extra Hour Out Of Your Busy Day

We all wish for more hours in the day, but unless someone alters the spacetime continuum, we're stuck with only 24. Luckily, productivity blogger Brett Kelly has some tips for making it feel more like we have 25 hours.

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Kelly says the best way to eke more minutes out of your day is to look for unproductive periods or chances to multitask. Some tips, like getting up an hour early or watching less TV, are pretty obvious. But he has a few suggestions that you might be able to take advantage of:

If you drive a car any sort of distance to and from work, you have a whole blob of what is probably under-utilized time to get all sorts of crap done. Make phone calls, listen to lectures or audio content related to that business you're hoping to start, whatever. Just don't zone out in traffic listening to crappy radio when you could be brainstorming your next awesome project with your partner over the phone or talking to your kids.

Kelly says he whiles away a 45-minute daily commute this way. He expects it to pay off in the long run in the form of smart ideas he can act on — ideas that come to him during this newly discovered time he unearthed. Where do you carve out little blocks of time that reap your biggest rewards? Let us know in the comments.

How to Make Today a 25-Hour Day [BrettKelly.org]


    Yes, because talking on the phone, listening to lectures, concentrating on anything else while youre driving is the right thing to do. . .

    Wow! This Brett Kelly fellow is a genious! We should ALL make our roads much more unsafe just for a chance that one day listening to something else instead of concentrating on the road might pay off!

    ... Clearly the man's an idiot.

    My slightly safer suggestion is to listen to talking books while driving.

    For some reason, while I rarely feel like reading literature in my spare time, I'm happy to listen to the more 'high-brow' titles in the car.

    My local library has lots to choose from - I find I'm also more willing to try different genres/go out of my comfort zone as listening takes less effort.

    I do feel like this is slightly more constructive than zoning out to crap 101.5 or whatever.

    Rather than spending 45 minutes stuck in peak hour traffic, I ride to work which is not only quicker, but also my exercise for each day. Recommending drivers concentrate on anything but the road makes me a nervous cyclist!
    Catching public transport and using the extra transit time to read, plan, work, decompress, etc would be a better lifehack.

    I listen to Chinese lessons on the car cd player.
    That whiles away the time spent in the car.

    So I'm assuming all you people deriding the suggestion of utilising down-time while driving, you all just drive along like zombies in silence, with no radio, or CD... concentrating every fibre of your being on the road, and traffic at every moment... right ??? Cause if the answer is anything but a hand-on-your-heart-honest-to-god YES, then kindly shut up and get back in your (silent) box.

    I drive an hour each way, 5 days a week, and during that time, I read 40-50 books each year. I have never had a speeding ticket, traffic fine, nor accident, or crash. I avoid plenty of them from IDIOTS on phones, idiots eating takeaway, chicks putting makeup, people reaching over to adjust the radio, people playing with the GPS, people reaching to the back seat to find something etc etc...

    So don't talk to me about this guys suggestions adding to the danger on our roads. Your arguments are dubious at best, and based on ill informed assumptions.

    Back OT... I also create a further 4-5 hours reading time a week doing the dishes, cooking, housework etc... Audiobooks are such a great invention. I get mine from Audible.

      You read while you drive? And youre calling the rest of us idiots?

      And to tell the truth. . . when Im driving to work and back I dont have the radio on.
      I have enough radios, machine noise and crap going on at work. When I get home I have kids screaming, tv's blaring, more noise!
      When Im driving to and from work its the only time I can get some peace and quiet.

      No, I don't sit in a silent car.

      I do, however, have the radio on low (just at the edge of hearing), to provide me with some background noise.

      As noted here on Lifehacker quite a few times, background noise that allows you to basically ignore that sense (hearing) greatly increases concentration for other senses.

      In this case, a low radio which I'm not conciously listening to means I have a much better chance at spotting a potential accident or swerving to avoid a child.

      I have also done the hour-long commute, and couldn't think of anything WORSE than trying concentrate on audio material whilst also trying to concentrate on the crazy roads after a long day at work.

      Good on you for being a good driver. You must be the exception to the rule, but on the whole, impressionable idiots will think that concentrating on learning something while driving means they no longer need to check their mirrors twice, etc.

    Podcasts. Like the radio, except no irrelevant ads and brain-expanding content. I've variously over the past few years listened to Japanese and French language lessons and podcasts on comedy, tech, philosophy, science, skepticism, atheism, gaming, management and politics all while riding the bus, while other people stared slack-jawed out the window or read Cleo. They are also good while gardening. I'm almost at the point where I enjoy mowing the lawn because I can toss my earbuds under my hearing protection and zone out with Irreligiosophy.
    Smartphones are incredible for getting your morning Facebooking and Twittering over and done with before you get to the office, but I wouldn't recommend that if you're driving. I also don't recommend catching up on phone calls on public transport. It's rude and not at all private.
    Oh and the very best way to reclaim hours of your life? Give up MMORPGs.

    Move house so you live closer to where you work.

    It takes me 10 minutes to walk here. That's given me an extra hour every day, and no-one needs to worry about me crashing my car into anything.

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