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24 Hours In A Day: How To Be Productive

Of course, flexibility exists because none of us lives the same life; however, 24 hours really is not that much time when you are a busy person. Trust me, I can relate. Sometimes I feel like I wake up, unconsciously stream through an entire day and do not return to my body until bed. Fact is, if you are anything like me, you can live a very productive, very busy life and not have consistent mental breakdowns. A.K.A., you will not be crazy (at least not in public).

Starting from the beginning, according to the National Sleep Foundation, 7-9 (averaging it to 8) hours in roughly the amount of sleep needed for adults 18 to 64 (Klein, 2015). Before even starting your productive day, you have already spent one third of your day.

Next is another eight hours spent at work or school, or a combination of both if you are like me. Need to say no more; this is probably where most of your production exists as well as stress. According to Everest College, 83% of Americans have work stress (Huffington Post, 2013).

So after another eight hours gone, how do you fit everything else into the only eight hours left in your day? Simple, organize and prioritize everything on your daily to-do list, but do not forget a vital to-do most people forget, have time for yourself.

Giving yourself “me time” even if it is only for ten minutes is enough a few times a day to re-balance yourself. It gives you time to recheck your to-do list, add things, delete things, re-prioritize, or simply just breathe and take in the scenery you are moving too quickly to enjoy. Understand you are not alone; your health and freedom is just as important as all of your priorities.

For me, “me time” includes scrolling through Tumblr and pinning on Pinterest, but maybe for you it’s just getting a coffee, fixing your makeup, or texting people who make you smile other than texting your boss. Whatever “me time” is for you according to Woman’s Day, “me time” has many benefits including improving focus, achieve goals, and get a better night’s sleep (Mannino, 2011). So do yourself a favor, place a little bit more “me” in those 24 hours. 

  • Huffington Post. (2013, April 12). Work Stress On The Rise: 8 In 10 Americans Are Stressed About Their Jobs, Survey Finds. Retrieved from Huffington Post.
  • Klein, S. (2015, February 2). National Sleep Foundation Updates Recommendations For How Much Sleep     YouReally Need. Retrieved from Huffington Post.
  • Mannino, B. (2011, November 22). 8 Reasons to Schedule “Me” Time. Retrieved from Woman’s Day.

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I am a twenty year old college student currently residing in Pennsylvania. Deciding a major wasn't easy for me due to my vast interests so I double majored in communications and writing. Right now, I am choosing between sports journalism or graduate school. I think we were all given a voice for a reason and I want to use mine to help and inspire others. In my articles, I write about gender, anxiety, age, relationships, and anything else that stimulates my mind.

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24 Hours In A Day: How To Be Productive