How to Gain 26 Hours in Your 24 Hour Day [Maximize your time]

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Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.



Home is where the heart is.


When you think about vacation, what comes to mind?


The beach, Europe or some sort of adventure (the mountains, skiing, hiking, biking, amusement park, etc.), right?



Me too.


So when my family decided to spend our annual family vacation this summer right in our own backyard—Hot Springs, Arkansas (the city where my parents grew up), I was definitely all aboard (I LOVE spending time with my family), but it wasn’t quite the idea of ‘vacation’ I had in mind.


No white sand. No crazy excursions. No Whole Foods within a 10-20 mile radius.


Suffice all to say… as I sit here overlooking the still, peaceful lake water outside the panoramic window display, I realize…vacation is really all about taking a break.



Recalibrating. Taking a step back to restore energy, focus, clarity.


And, what better place to do that then back where you come from?


There is NO place like home.


The place where you are reminded of who you are, and where you come from.



Growing up in Arkansas will definitely give you some ‘roots.’


While I now live in Austin (and call it my ‘Mecca’ or my ‘happy place’), there’s nothing like good ol’ country music, country bumpkins (there’s a lot of those around this here neck of the woods), and some mud on the tires—simplicity.



Slowing down.


Yesterday, for instance, our excitement of the day was a visit to the ‘Old Gangster Museum’ here in Downtown Hot Springs, coupled with grilling out burgers on the patio and family game night (Scattergories and Heads Up), and yet, it was so much fun.


Have you had the opportunity to do that for yourself this summer? Slow down?


Even if you don’t go anywhere, taking a day or two to take a break from the rat race of life to do something out-of-routine is incredibly refreshing.


It can be easy to get caught up on that hamster wheel of to-do lists, work, meetings, demands, ‘shoulds’ and ‘should nots.’


Slowing down is a rare occurrence for me nowadays.


From sun-up to sun-down I am usually on the go, loving life for sure, but all the same, time has this unrelenting way of…getting away from me.


“There’s never enough time in a day!”


Anyone relate?


When it comes to maximizing your time and making the most of everyday, it can be incredibly valuable to thoughtfully evaluate how you are spending it.



Take 5-minutes for yourself to try this THRIVE Project out…AND if you don’t feel like there’s enough time in the day (many days), win it back!


How to gain 26-hours in your day: The balance wheel.


Check it out.


There are 24 hours in a day…how do you spend them?


If 7-9 of those are sleeping…then that’s technically about 15-17 hours in your day.


On this wheel, or on a piece of paper, log what you’re doing with your time.



From time spent on social media and e-mail (time suckers), to time spent at work, time spent training or exercising, time spent cooking and meal-prepping…watching TV, reading, learning, meetings and appointments, leisure activities.


And see where your time is being used, spent or ‘getting away.’


After checking it out…what is keeping you back from doing the things you really want to do? Where are you spending more time than necessary?


The world—and the day—is your oyster.


What are you going to do with it?


Seize the day!



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