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Recently I overheard a conversation my husband was having with an elderly friend. How was the friend spending his time now that he was fully retired? “I’m very busy studying German. I usually spend six or seven hours a day at it.”

Oh, well, you might say. He is retired. Of course he has time, and there is some truth to your observation. But you too have time. It is just in smaller chunks. The difference is that my husband’s colleague did not want to waste time. No matter how much he had, he did not want to spend any of it just doing something useless. Maybe being 93 had something to do with his attitude.

Examine Your Priorities
How about it? Are you wasting what time you have? If you give up TV just one night a week, you could take an evening class. In four or five years you could have a degree. Or you could know quite a bit about the contestants on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Of course you would have to study: that could be the other night of the week you give up TV. “Modern Family” will get on without you. Better yet, you could sign up for online classes and do the work whenever you want — Saturday morning instead of sleeping in or Sunday afternoon instead of watching yet another sport.

Tile and Grout

Do you want to learn another language? One hour of practice a day and by next year you might have it. You could practice those irregular verbs on the bus or while waiting for the light to change, or on your morning coffee break.

Blogger Adam Pash of Lifehacker compares making time to learn to tile and grout. Think of your responsibilities like job and family as tile. You still have all that grout time in which to learn.

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