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10 Ways to Fit More Than 24 Hours Into Your Day

10 Ways to Fit More Than 24 Hours Into Your Day

Life is getting busier and busier leaving many people feeling like they don’t have enough time in the day to get mundane tasks completed or to spend quality time with their family and friends. According to Asian Efficiency, one of the best ways to fit more into your day is not to do the task at all, but to outsource it. The idea is to take things you would do in your everyday life and have someone else do it at a low cost. Everyday tasks such as shopping, gardening and laundry could all be outsourced to a company that completes these tasks for you, freeing up your time for more complex tasks or for more leisure time. The important thing to remember about personal outsourcing is that you absolutely must know how much your time is worth (usually per hour). This is the only way to find out if something is worth outsourcing or not.

Below are 10 examples of things you can outsource in order to fit more than 24 hours into your day.

1. Grocery shopping

A menial task that most of us hate doing, especially when our time could better be spent elsewhere. With most grocery stores now offering delivery and online shopping this not only saves you time but also money as you focus on things you need. Don’t have time to do online grocery shopping? You can still hire personal shoppers who will do the entire thing for you.

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2. Gardening

With so many people opening franchise mowing and gardening businesses there is no better time to take advantage. Call up a few different companies for quotes and go with the option that is most affordable to you. Outsourcing your gardening saves you time and maybe some money, as you won’t have to purchase and maintain gardening equipment.

3. Laundry

According to Asian Efficiency, in most major American cities, people usually spend at least 1.5-2 hours each week doing their laundry. We all hate it but it must be done. And ironing? Don’t even bother. Put everything into a basket and ship it off to your local professional iron lady (pun intended).

4. Everyday errands

Don’t have time to make appointments, follow up on personal tasks or write that important email? Many people now hire virtual assistants to help them with simple things like general administration, emails, filing and making appointments etc. Search Craigslist and you will be sure to find someone with good credentials.

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5. Cleaning

After working a 40-hour week do you really want to spend your weekend cleaning? Didn’t think so! In that case it’s time to find a professional cleaner to do all of the dirty work for you. You may be able to find some cleaners with reasonable rates via Craigslist. Alternatively, do a Google search for cleaners in your local area.

6. Pet walking

We all know exercise is good for us but sometimes you just don’t have time to go for an hour-long walk with the dog every night. There are many professional dog walkers available who are just waiting for you to call them to walk your beloved pooch.

7. Cooking

There are now so many options available for pre-made, good, healthy food. This saves you time, money and also benefits your health in the long run as it is better to come home to a cooked meal rather than buying take away food on the way home. Check out something like Premade Paleo or GenoVive for meal plans.

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8. Handyman tasks

A lot of people have lists full of tasks they need to complete around the house yet never find the time to. Why not hire a professional handyman to come fix that broken light, replace worn out light-bulbs or fix that broken window in the shed. It will be a relief to finally cross off everything that you needed to do without having to lift a finger!

9. Car washing

If your kids are tired of washing the car for a lousy $2 or if you don’t even have kids to wash the car it might be time to call someone to clean it for you. Most car washing rates are low especially if they are local business owners who do it part-time. Again, do some searching and come up with an affordable option. If not maybe ask your neighbor if their kids will do it for some pocket money.

10. Moving

There is nothing worse than having to pack up everything and then unpack everything into a new house. Especially when you are time-poor as it is. Hire someone to come pack your boxes and unpack them once they are moved to the new house. You could even ask some friends if they have any teenagers who would be willing to do this for some quick cash.

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

Habits are hard to kill, and rightly so. They are a part and parcel of your personality traits and mold your character.

However, habits are not always something over-the-top and quirky enough to get noticed. Think of subtle habits like tapping fingers when you are nervous and humming songs while you drive. These are nothing but ingrained habits that you may not realize easily.

Just take a few minutes and think of something specific that you do all the time. You will notice how it has become a habit for you without any explicit realization. Everything you do on a daily basis starting with your morning routine, lunch preferences to exercise routines are all habits.

Habits mostly form from life experiences and certain observed behaviors, not all of them are healthy. Habitual smoking can be dangerous to your health. Similarly, a habit could also make you lose out on enjoying something to its best – like how some people just cannot stop swaying their bodies when delivering a speech.

Thus, there could be a few habits that you would want to change about yourself. But changing habits is not as easy as it seems.

In this article, you will learn why it isn’t easy to build new habits, and how to change habits.

What Makes It Hard To Change A Habit?

To want to change a particular habit means to change something very fundamental about your behavior.[1] Hence, it’s necessary to understand how habits actually form and why they are so difficult to actually get out of.

The Biology

Habits form in a place what we call the subconscious mind in our brain.[2]

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Our brains have two modes of operation. The first one is an automatic pilot kind of system that is fast and works on reflexes often. It is what we call the subconscious part. This is the part that is associated with everything that comes naturally to you.

The second mode is the conscious mode where every action and decision is well thought out and follows a controlled way of thinking.

A fine example to distinguish both would be to consider yourself learning to drive or play an instrument. For the first time you try learning, you think before every movement you make. But once you have got the hang of it, you might drive without applying much thought into it.

Both systems work together in our brains at all times. When a habit is formed, it moves from the conscious part to the subconscious making it difficult to control.

So, the key idea in deconstructing a habit is to go from the subconscious to the conscious.

Another thing you have to understand about habits is that they can be conscious or hidden.

Conscious habits are those that require active input from your side. For instance, if you stop setting your alarm in the morning, you will stop waking up at the same time.

Hidden habits, on the other hand, are habits that we do without realizing. These make up the majority of our habits and we wouldn’t even know them until someone pointed them out. So the first difficulty in breaking these habits is to actually identify them. As they are internalized, they need a lot of attention to detail for self-identification. That’s not all.

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Habits can be physical, social, and mental, energy-based and even be particular to productivity. Understanding them is necessary to know why they are difficult to break and what can be done about them.

The Psychology

Habits get engraved into our memories depending on the way we think, feel and act over a particular period of time. The procedural part of memory deals with habit formation and studies have observed that various types of conditioning of behavior could affect your habit formations.

Classical conditioning or pavlovian conditioning is when you start associating a memory with reality.[3] A dog that associates ringing bell to food will start salivating. The same external stimuli such as the sound of church bells can make a person want to pray.

Operant conditioning is when experience and the feelings associated with it form a habit.[4] By encouraging or discouraging an act, individuals could either make it a habit or stop doing it.

Observational learning is another way habits could take form. A child may start walking the same way their parent does.

What Can You Do To Change a Habit?

Sure, habits are hard to control but it is not impossible. With a few tips and hard-driven dedication, you can surely get over your nasty habits.

Here are some ways that make use of psychological findings to help you:

1. Identify Your Habits

As mentioned earlier, habits can be quite subtle and hidden from your view. You have to bring your subconscious habits to an aware state of mind. You could do it by self-observation or by asking your friends or family to point out the habit for your sake.

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2. Find out the Impact of Your Habit

Every habit produces an effect – either physical or mental. Find out what exactly it is doing to you. Does it help you relieve stress or does it give you some pain relief?

It could be anything simple. Sometimes biting your nails could be calming your nerves. Understanding the effect of a habit is necessary to control it.

3. Apply Logic

You don’t need to be force-fed with wisdom and advice to know what an unhealthy habit could do to you.

Late-night binge-watching just before an important presentation is not going to help you. Take a moment and apply your own wisdom and logic to control your seemingly nastily habits.

4. Choose an Alternative

As I said, every habit induces some feeling. So, it could be quite difficult to get over it unless you find something else that can replace it. It can be a simple non-harming new habit that you can cultivate to get over a bad habit.

Say you have the habit of banging your head hard when you are angry. That’s going to be bad for you. Instead, the next time you are angry, just take a deep breath and count to 10. Or maybe start imagining yourself on a luxury yacht. Just think of something that will work for you.

5. Remove Triggers

Get rid of items and situations that can trigger your bad habit.

Stay away from smoke breaks if you are trying to quit it. Remove all those candy bars from the fridge if you want to control your sweet cravings.

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6. Visualize Change

Our brains can be trained to forget a habit if we start visualizing the change. Serious visualization is retained and helps as a motivator in breaking the habit loop.

For instance, to replace your habit of waking up late, visualize yourself waking up early and enjoying the early morning jog every day. By continuing this, you would naturally feel better to wake up early and do your new hobby.

7. Avoid Negative Talks and Thinking

Just as how our brain is trained to accept a change in habit, continuous negative talk and thinking could hamper your efforts put into breaking a habit.

Believe you can get out of it and assert yourself the same.

Final Thoughts

Changing habits isn’t easy, so do not expect an overnight change!

Habits took a long time to form. It could take a while to completely break out of it. You will have to accept that sometimes you may falter in your efforts. Don’t let negativity seep in when it seems hard. Keep going at it slowly and steadily.

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