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How would you use 2 extra hours each week?

If we take it as read that most of us have more things to do each day than we have hours to do them, consider this hypothetical: if you had two extra hours each week to use as you liked, how would you use them?

No time travel, assumed lottery wins, or unassisted human flight allowed; put simply, to what use would you apply an extra 120 minutes every week?

Me? I think I'd firewall the time to work toward a new skill. I've wanted to learn Ruby on Rails and basic Cantonese for a while now, so I think I'd use it for one of those. I definitely wouldn't use it to watch TV. I hope.


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As a work-at-home writer I...

As a work-at-home writer I have too much time that I waste so I'm in the enviable position of not feeling like I don't have "time." In my case it's a matter of not wasting it.

I do feel like I've reclaimed time, though. I spend a lot of time driving and have discovered I love listening to audiobooks, plus I've started learning Italian via audio lessons I got from audible.

But if I honestly wanted to, I wouldn't have any trouble finding two hours to do something I wanted to do.

Okay, here you go. When time WAS an issue, I would have felt like I'd had a weekly vacation if I could have gone to a movie every week, and followed it up with a smart conversation about said movie.




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