Most of us have heard the old adage: There are 24 hours, 1440 minutes and 86,400 seconds in a day. It is up to each one of us how we use them.

Utilizing your time efficiently will elevate you from mediocrity to excellence. It’s what will distinguish you from the pack. By reading John Wooden’s book, “Wooden on Leadership”, I’ve seen the power of the above adage in action. Wooden would plan his practices daily on 3×5 note cards year after year and then refer to specific dates in past years to compare with the current year. If there was a way to improve efficiency, he would adjust accordingly. This was all done in an effort to utilize his practice time to the utmost.

“I just don’t have the time” is not necessarily an excuse, but it is an indicator that priorities need to be set, and a system of organization needs to be established.

Consider this: If you wake up 30 minutes earlier for an entire year, you will add 10,950 minutes/182.5 hours/7.6 days to your year.

You say you don’t have the time to work out? Wake up 30 minutes earlier every day, and you can workout for 7.6 consecutive days this year :)

There are certain habits I do on a daily basis that help me “expand” my time, and as life continues to evolve, it seems there is less and less time in the day. The importance of consistent execution of these habits can’t be understated (I’m currently running against the clock, as it’s 6:48 AM, and my daughter will wake up any second).

If you’d like to see those habits, and how to easily implement them into your day, see below ⇓