By Angela Ebron
Wish you had more hours in the day? Well, what if we told you that you do-you just don't know it yet. Certain everyday habits have a way of siphoning five minutes here, 10 minutes there. But if you break those routines and streamline your day, you'll get that time back-and maybe more.
Time-Sapping Habit #1: Mindless TV Watching
You sit down to catch your favorite show at 8 p.m. Next thing you know, you're clicking off the news at 11:30 p.m.
How to Break It: Take Inventory
"Television, even bad television, can be extremely habit-forming, with one show easily leading to the next," says Laura Stack, author of SuperCompetent. Think about the last few shows you watched, she suggests. How many of them were you anticipating ahead of time and how many did you end up watching just because they were on? "Now pick a few shows you enjoy most and watch only those each week," says Stack. "If you have TiVo or a DVR, even better. Watch on your own time and skip the