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Time Bandits Most of us wish we had more hours in a day, but maybe finding more time is as simple as discovering where you are wasting time or not being as productive as you can. BY GINA CONROY Time. It’s something we all have. Many of us complain we don’t have enough of it. We’re always racing against the clock. Racing to work or school. Racing through the day. Racing home — where there is even less time to do the things we enjoy with the people we love. No matter how much we try to cram into 24 hours, our to-do lists at work and home never seem to get checked off. Our tasks multiply overnight. And our stress level increases exponentially. If we could find more time in the day, then all our problems would be solved, right? Wrong! The amount of time we have is not a problem.

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We say time is of the essence, then we dawdle through the day, finding it hard to focus on the next project if there isn’t a clear and imminent deadline. We binge watch the latest series on Netflix, and gripe and stress when the housework piles up. We complain we never have enough time to do the things we love, then lollygag on Facebook with the pretense of catching up on the news or connecting with family and friends. We mull over all the things we wish to accomplish in our lives, then hit the pillow whining about not getting anything done because there’s not enough time. Sound familiar? Let’s face it. The problem is not needing more time. The problem is we’re not productive with the time we’re given. If you’re ready to take

charge of your life and find more time in your day to increase productivity and fulfillment in your life, then start with these simple tips.

EXAMINE YOUR TIME

Before you can find more time in your day, you have to find out where you’re wasting time. Start by recording every minute of your day for three days from the moment you wake up or hit the snooze until your head hits the pillow and you close your eyes. Use a timer if you have to determine how much time you spend doing each activity during your typical day. Then write it down, so you can see where you spend your time. And be honest. Cheating won’t help you find more time in your day.

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Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 A regional magazine of national stature, Preview 918 has rema...