09/21/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

25 Ways To Get More Out Of Your Day

What would you do if you had an extra hour a day?

This is a common barrier I run into when I write about making positive life changes: people don't have time to pursue their dreams. People don't have time to exercise. People don't have time to get organized.

Well, it's time to make time.

By using some combination of the following, you can free up an hour or more a day. Find the ones that work for you (not all will work for everyone), and then carve out that hour a day.

Then make sure you use that extra hour a day in the best way possible -- book that hour on your calendar for something you really, really want to do, whether that's work on a goal, write a book, start a business, exercise, read more, or whatever. Don't squander this gift of time!

1. Make an appointment right after work. Whether it's exercise or working on some other goal, make an appointment to do it right when you get out of work (at 5 p.m., for example). This works especially well if you have to meet someone else, such as a workout partner or other group or team or coach or partner. You'll be sure to meet the appointment, which means you won't stick around work too long, and you'll be sure to finish all your tasks on time so you can leave on time. This makes you more efficient in the afternoon especially.

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