Gift Yourself An Hour Of Power
Life is busy, but prioritising time to do things for yourself keeps you sane and makes you happier
“When people are scattered, they perceive that they don’t have enough time,”
– Valorie Burton, Founder of the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute,
and a regular on CNN and the Dr Oz Show
Never underestimate the importance of rest. Research increasingly shows that “strategic renewal” (such as short afternoon naps or daytime workouts) boosts productivity, job performance, and overall wellbeing.
Yes, life gets overwhelming sometimes, but with a little planning, it’s possible to carve out some me-time. Need tips on how to wade through the daily chaos to create an extra hour for yourself everyday? Here’s the cheat sheet to shaving 60 minutes off your packed daily schedule so that you can recharge.
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Managing your actions. David Allen, author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, makes a logical point when he says, “Time management is a foolish idea. Have you every mismanaged five minutes and come up with six? Time just is. Our actions are what we manage.” If you need some help getting organised, task managing apps such as Toodledo (a productivity tool that gets you to prioritise) and Wunderlist: To-do Lists & Tasks (a to-do list app that syncs between your smart phone, tablet and computer so that you can access them anywhere), can come in useful.
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Procrastinating less. Take instant action with email or paperwork, so that you don’t waste time returning to them. Jana Kemp, author of No! How One Simple Word Can Transform Your Life, points out, “The accumulated time saved can add up to 10 hours a month!”
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Making use of waiting time. While commuting, read work papers or catch up on email correspondence on your smartphone. Adds Laura Stack, author of Find More Time, “If you have an appointment at the clinic, bring something along to do while you wait.”