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Investing An Hour a Day for a Year

By Edited Mar 18, 2014 15 29

Time Management Skills

Time Management Strategies

Time Management Strategies
"Only an hour a day!" What does that mean?

Consider it. Devoting an hour a day to something of choice may have more value and potential than one would think. In a year, it translates to three hundred and sixty-five hours. Consider a waking day sixteen hours in length, with eight hours reserved for sleep. That hundred and sixty-five hours gives almost twenty-three days waking days. Time management strategies help the owner of the hours use them wisely.

Think of time as a most prized possession, one eligible for trading for something else daily. Time is the most valuable capital of the world. Time and effort put together make all things of value. To be aware of time, then, is wise economy.

Time Statistics

Get the stats down on this most valuable commodity that everyone owns. The year has three hundred and sixty-five days, or 8,760 hours. The lyrics to the theme song of the musical, Rent, remind us that a year is 525,600 minutes.

Everyone is Rich

Consider this. Every person on earth is equally rich on this one, each owning twenty-four hours every day. They can not collect or keep those hours. The account zeroes out daily, the hours expiring at midnight.  The ONLY way to keep them is to invest in productive activity. Never fear. That account refreshes at 12:01 AM every day. The owners can all invest again. As investment decisions occur daily, contemplate the power of that. Possessing time management skills is a must.

A Few Time Investment Possibilities

Reading an Hour a Day

In the space of a year, consider what an hour's daily reading would total. The average reader can manage a page of a typical paperback book in about a minute given a reading speed of 250-300 words per minute. That means in an hour the reader owns sixty pages of information. That is 21, 900   pages a year, equating to about seventy-three, average length paperback books. Remember that people judge others by the company they keep, and books are a noble choice of company.

Writing and Hour a Day

Substitute writing for reading. Remarkable results could occur. Writing but one line a day has resulted in small libraries of published works.

Becoming an Expert on An Hour a Day

Dedication of one hour a day to anything specific over a year is powerful. Key to achievement is spending that hour in a specified way, free of distractions. The average person could learn a whole discipline or profession. Think of the possibilities over a ten-year period.

Choose any topic or field in which someone wants to learn. Lets say they want to find a great work at home opportunity. Take Internet marketing as the example. Information from books, blogs, forums, online courses and live courses is ubiquitous. An hour a day devoted to learning everything possible about that topic would mean twenty-three days of instruction, almost a full month. A new career could be launched on that one without ever taking time off from one's job.

Exercising an Hour a Day

A brisk, three-mile an hour walk daily over a year's time represents over one thousand miles! Enough said on that one! Consider the walking habit as a yearly stroll between Chicago, Illinois and Savannah, Georgia.

Investing in People Loved

Devote time to those people one loves.   Spend or invest time with whoever that is. Consider children. Investment of time spent with children is the priceless element in parenting. That investment can keep children on a productive path, out of trouble, and is the best indicator of success in school. Arguably, THAT is a wise investment.

Just Think for an Hour a Day

Consider these thoughts taken from a 1913 writing. What would be the most valuable use of time should one have an extra hour a day to spare? Consider taking the time to meditate, to sit and think. Put on the brakes every day and just ask questions of oneself. Where am I in life? What am I doing? What comes at the end of this busy life? Will what I am doing matter? Sixty minutes a day spent thus would be a bright light shining through the year.

Easy to Find an Hour a Day?

The skeptics would say, life is too busy to devote an hour a day to anything. It might be easy to make a start.   Keeping up the effort is a challenge. That is true. However, mental determination is a powerful tool, one that brings about unlimited benefits and gains.

Hardly a person has not complained of having a shortage of time. With more examination, often more free time is available than imagined, but it is not used wisely. People toil away, never finding a passion. The powerful asset of time sees itself squandered daily.  Some go about life using hours as if the an unlimited supply was coming their way and as if those hours were going to exist forever.

What is the message?  What is the strategy?

Think and invest time wisely.  Choose a passion, and then devote and schedule the time to make it happen consistently.  Comments welcomed on what is a good use of an hour a day!



Jul 14, 2011 9:15am
Kbuzz, I really like this article - it's helpful...write more!
Aug 1, 2011 11:52am
Thanks so much for your comment, MarkStephenson76! Although new to it, I am having so much fun trying to think of things about which to write. I appreciate your comment and do intend to write more!
Jul 14, 2011 4:51pm
I also really love this article. Great work! It reminds me of 2 ideas I learned from personal development gurus. The first idea is from jack canfield in the success principles... he calls this the power hour. basically, you spend 20 minutes exercising, 20 minutes reading inspirational material, and 20 minutes visualizing/meditation. then, there is brian tracy, he talks about the hour of power and this time is spend reading 1 hour of material about your industry to keep up to date. again, great article! thank you!
Aug 1, 2011 11:53am
Hi, impact. I am so sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I truly appreciate your compliments on the article. I also have looked up Jack Canfield as I had not heard of him. I plan to read more on his works. I do believe that people are truly in charge of their own destiny.
Jul 14, 2011 10:12pm
I love this article!! what a great work!!
Aug 1, 2011 11:54am
Hi, perpie99. Thank you so much for the compliment. It is truly appreciated!
Jul 14, 2011 10:19pm
Really great article! Excellent pick for a Featured Article.
Aug 1, 2011 11:55am
Hi there, southerngirl09. I am sorry to be responding so late. Yikes! I truly appreciate your comment and like your articles on Infobarrel too! I need to be way better about taking the time to comment on them. That is my new goal!
Jul 15, 2011 3:34am
I loved your point about everybody having 24 hours per day - regardless of how rich or poor you are. Sometimes I think it's easy to get caught up in what we don't have, or what others seem to have more of, that we forget that time is the one variable that is consistent amongst us all.

Very nicely done!
Aug 1, 2011 11:56am
Hi, Jerky. I appreciate your comment. I truly appreciate it. The part about everyone being equal in their daily ownership of time is my favorite part of that whole thought process as well!
Jul 15, 2011 6:47am
Very well done. An hour a day devoted to "anything" to improve yourself is just a graet idea....now if I could just get writing an hour a day....all set! Thank you.
Aug 1, 2011 11:57am
Hi, Venetia. I am sorry to be replying so late. I do appreciate your comment. I agree-oh to find the time to just write for an hour a day! I am trying to do so, but it is a challenge. I do believe great strides can be made in doing so.
Jul 16, 2011 11:04am
Great write-up. I have decided to devoted at least an hour a day to writing for Infobarrel and/or asking and answering questions on webanswers.
Jul 23, 2011 10:16am
Me too! A little writing and a little research everyday will hopefully help increase my earning potential and satisfaction with this site greatly!
Aug 1, 2011 11:58am
Hi, tymmy. How is it going writing an hour a day? I too am trying to make that my hourly, daily goal. I had never heard of webanswers and just looked that up. That is very interesting! I might try my hand at that obe too. All of this writing online thing is just such a great hobby.
Jul 22, 2011 9:23am
Very inspiring call to action!
Aug 1, 2011 11:59am
Hi, vierichardson. I am sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I do appreciate your comment. I am trying to take my own advice and find great tasks to take on for the one hour a day challenge!
Jul 23, 2011 10:15am
Great article about how we can all make a big difference making little changes in our lives. I think the desire and motivation to stick to a "one hour per day" plan comes a lot more easily with finding an activity you're passionate about.
Aug 1, 2011 12:01pm
Hi, Phoenix737. Your comment on finding the passion is so true. I do believe that hour per day becomes a treat and not work when it is a well chosen task-one for which we do have passion. Thank you for your response!
Jul 24, 2011 7:17pm
totally loved this article!! way to go!!
arbara b
Aug 1, 2011 12:02pm
Hi, rnmsn. Thank you so much for your comment. It means so much! I figure any motivation we can all find helps! Have a great day out there!
Jul 27, 2011 10:18pm
We're all given the same amount of time per day, it's just a matter of what we do with it. That is so true. Sometimes if we make the investment of time in thinking we can actually save time in the long run by doing something more efficiently.

Keep up the good work.
Aug 1, 2011 12:10pm
Hi, astonerattnet. Thank you so much for your comment. Yes indeed, making that decision as to how to invest that time daily is an important one. It's funny when I saw your comment. I just wrote an article on my investment in one of the little iRobot vacuums that runs itself. My goal is to let it vacuum daily. That time saved has become my writing time!
Aug 2, 2011 11:05am
So many complain they have no time. To spend 1 hour on anything means taking an hour away from something else. What's it going to be? Start with Wasted Time. Next is TV, radio, computer, sport or play. Maybe you won't change an activity, but just upgrade that time spent. Instead of reading the newspaper, you could read a chapter in a book about current concerns. History vs. soaps? Classical vs. country? Education vs. social sites? Swim 1 mile vs. ping-pong?
Aug 3, 2011 7:13am
Hi there, sonnetreader. Thank you for your comments. You are so correct? It is a decision a minute each and every day. One decision at a time they all make a difference.
Dec 1, 2012 1:50pm
Couldn't agree more. In fact I have started with 3 hours a day more. I simple get up three hours earlier. At the beginning that is quite hard, but you get used to it very fast. Now, I could not imagine staying in bed anymore. I usually use that time to learn something that will be useful to me. I have decided to build up skills in eclectic fields.
Jan 6, 2013 1:51pm
Great article! I have the habit of a 'holiday of 1 hour' everyday, time for me to think, relax, walk outside, do whatever I like, for more than 2 years now and find it absolutely wonderful! This year I will start the habit of writing 1 hour a day...
Aug 27, 2013 7:17pm
Great article! My problem is I have TOO many things I like doing!
Mar 31, 2015 12:27am
Very interesting view, thanks for sharing! That is exactly why I chose to wake up at 5am every morning to write before going going to work.
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