What would you do if you had an extra hour in the day? Sleep more? Spend more time with friends? You’d find a way to do something to better yourself, right? Well, we all like to think that, but unless some major catastrophic atmospheric event happens soon, we’re not just going to suddenly get an extra hour. No, Daylight Savings doesn’t count. If we want more time, we have to make it happen. We have to wake up earlier or set aside the time. There are lots of ways you can do that–wake up at 6 instead of 7, or go to sleep at 11 instead of 10, or take a dedicated hour for lunch, etc. But once you’ve got that hour, what are you going to do with it? Here are some ideas for what you can do in under an hour that will better your life.
Update your resume
Even if you’re not actively looking for a new job, it’s never a bad time to polish your resume. Give it a quick edit, update the contact info if you need to, and add some of your recent work activities so you’re ready to roll the next time you need it. It doesn’t need an overhaul. A quick hour of fine-tuning should do the trick.
Watch an informative & eye-opening Ted Talk
There are so many Ted Talks out there you can learn from on every topic imaginable. Find one, two, or even three, that catch your eye and take notes on them as you watch. Did you learn something new? Did you change your mind about a topic? Do you have a new author to check out now?
Call a family member or friend you haven’t talked to in awhile
I’m the worst at remembering to call people, so I’ve started using my walking commute to call family members and check in or chat with an old friend. Sometimes a good chat can be good for the soul. For me, I try and call my grandparents more since I’m less likely to catch up with them on social media or text.
Wash your sheets
It’s amazing what a freshly washed set of sheets can do for your mood, your skin, and your sleep schedule. Give them a good wash, use a dryer sheet, and go to bed that night knowing your body will thank you. Pro tip: do something else on this list while the machine is running.
Balance your budget
I always forget to budget and while it hasn’t bitten me in the butt yet, I really admire my roommate, who sits down once a week, usually on Sunday, and budgets things out. He keeps track of his spending, knows what’s coming in, and it only takes a few minutes. It’s a lot easier to conquer if you do it one hour a week instead of trying to play catch up at the end of the month.
Write thank you notes
Everyone loves receiving a thank you note, and even if you haven’t recently had a huge event there are probably a few thank you notes you can write–to old teachers, people you interviewed with, coworkers, caterers, etc. Plus, practicing gratitude is good for the mind and body. You’ll be happier when you remember all you have to be thankful for.
Organize your purse & wallet
No one likes having to dig around for ten minutes to find their metro card, lipstick, or a pencil you swore you had last week. If your purse or wallet are getting out of hand, take an hour, sit down, empty it out completely, and organize. Throw away receipts you don’t need, smushed granola bars, and put things where they should go instead of where they get thrown in a hurry .
Clean under your bed
This is my new favorite random task to do. I have a cat and a curly head of hair and somehow hair and dust accumulates under my bed in mass quantities. Every few weeks, I push it aside, grab the vacuum, and do a deep clean under my bed. It helps the air quality in a major way, makes my life a lot easier when I have to fetch something from under there, and I often find things I thought I lost. Whoops.