How to manage your time so you can actually accomplish what you want to.
- In a world that's always online, it's easy to feel like we have insufficient time for ourselves, or to spend with our families and loved ones.
- Working out what you need to get done each day, and how long it will take, will allow you to create priorities on which you can focus your available time.
- If you find the traditional methods of mindfulness meditation too difficult, then meditative practices such as yoga or even running can also be extremely beneficial.
1. Make sure you get enough sleep<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzM3MTg0MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MjAxNjUzMX0.KNPZu49AuY_XRC2Y9YPzfu51aETqnkwtffwsWxuWwEw/img.jpg?width=980" id="29aa1" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="59dc103a5cf65eb7424bc834a9e5623d" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
2. Don’t let chaos control you<p>Hiten Shah, co-founder of document management software company <a href="https://usefyi.com/" target="_blank">FYI</a>, has an anecdote about a friend who was asked by his boss to pull up a document while in the middle of a meeting. The friend started frantically scouring his hard drive, Google Docs and email attachments to try and locate the document.</p> <p>All the while, the boss was sitting there, becoming more and more impatient, as Shah's friend was getting more and more flustered and embarrassed, which of course made it even harder for him to find the missing file. "Finally, out of cosmic mercy, someone sends him the document," <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/so-much-trouble-caused-singledocument-hiten-shah/" target="_blank">Shah writes</a>. "But my friend didn't feel relief at that point, he felt anxious."</p> <p>It's a cautionary tale, to be sure. Truth be told, we've probably all had one of those moments. But if your day has become an endless cycle of looking for documents, trying to find your keys, and wondering where you put shoes when you took them off last night, then you'll benefit from getting organized. </p> <p>This may mean using a document management system or simply creating a designated space for everyday objects. Doing so will mean you free up all that time spent looking for missing things and reduce your overall stress levels. </p>
3. Schedule your time – but don’t overdo it<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzM3MTgyNy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNzk3MzI5NH0.m6UwVQt7yIwlSA1aUaTp8VVBpwk8I6VKURl539fq_yk/img.jpg?width=980" id="1f1ee" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1f27587af6edb24da97c3c3550cb778e" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
4. Get more comfortable with saying no<p>Once you have a daily or weekly list of priorities, it becomes easier to learn how to say no. If what's being requested of you doesn't somehow make it easier to achieve your mission-critical tasks, then you'll find it easier to politely decline. In the <a href="https://thriveglobal.com/stories/say-no-more-often-warren-buffett/" target="_blank">words</a> of Warren Buffet, "Successful people say no to almost everything."</p> <p>One easy way to start saying "no" is to switch off your phone alerts. Constant notifications can be <a href="https://bigthink.com/videos/distraction" target="_self">a powerful distraction</a> from achieving your goals. When we switch between tasks, it can <a href="https://www.ics.uci.edu/~gmark/chi08-mark.pdf" target="_blank">take around 23 minutes</a> to get focused again. Unless your job involves managing social media accounts, chances are you don't need to be notified about the latest like on a Facebook picture. </p> <p>Similarly, if you confine checking emails to scheduled slots each day, you can dedicate your productive time to working on your priorities. </p>
5. Use the help immediately available to you<p>If it's not possible to say no to a particular task or request, then perhaps it's possible to simply have someone else do it instead.</p><p>In his book, "<a href="https://simonsinek.com/find-your-why/" target="_blank">Find Your Why</a>," Simon Sinek writes that truly knowing yourself is the key to a sense of purpose. "When we focus on our strengths and lean in to the strengths of others," he writes of collaboration and delegation, "we can make the impossible possible."</p><p>Many people believe they have to do everything themselves to be successful. But a failure to leverage the help around you can lead to overload and fatigue. If you're in a position to delegate or outsource tasks, then do so whenever you have the opportunity. </p>
6. Create some space for your head<p>According to a survey <a href="https://open.buffer.com/4-day-workweek/" target="_blank">conducted by Buffer</a>, 41 percent of workers believe that their biggest barriers to self or family care are feeling distracted and anxious. Feeling starved of time only makes it harder to be fully present doing whatever you're doing at a given moment, adding fuel to these negative emotions.</p><p>In a similar way to getting more sleep, it may seem difficult to make time for meditation if you're starting to feel overwhelmed. But <a href="https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-benefits-of-meditation#section2" target="_blank">studies have shown</a> that meditation has multiple positive health benefits, including reducing stress, controlling anxiety and lengthening attention span. </p><p>If you find the traditional methods of mindfulness meditation too difficult, then meditative practices such as yoga or even running can also be extremely beneficial. </p>
Let the feast begin<p>Time famine is a problem from which many of us suffer. But these few simple habits and practices can help to alleviate the feeling of overwhelm and increase productivity. </p> <p>There may only be 24 hours in each day, but directing them into the right activities and priorities helps to cultivate a sense that time is a more abundant resource.</p>
Having a goal to change the world for the better is great. But what's more important, says Chelsea Clinton, is having a plan to make it happen.
As an activist, public health professor, mom, author, and Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea Clinton sure is pretty busy. Here, she explains to us that there is a divide between wanting to make the world a better place and actually having a direction and a unique goal to make it happen. In order to help others both see and meet their goals, the Clinton Foundation launched Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) to give mentorship to those looking to make positive change. This video, part one in a series, is a great introduction to CGI U and to Chelsea's overall worldview. You can find out more about CGI U right here.
A Duke University study that found over 40 percent of our actions aren’t actually decisions, but habits. Here's how to build good ones.
Chocolate—the key to working out, says NY Times journalist Charles Duhigg. While I’m apt to reply, yes, chocolate is the key to most everything, Duhigg is specifically addressing a way to “trick your brain” into getting fitter. For those lacking the motivation to hit the trail or get into the gym, chocolate just might be the answer.
The worst year of former tennis pro James Blake's life was tragic—professionally and personally. Here's how he got back on his feet after multiple setbacks.
When breaking the bone that binds your body together is described as a "good thing", you're undeniably having the worst year of your life. For former tennis pro James Blake, that was 2004, the year he broke his neck, lost his father to cancer, and came down with a stress-related virus that paralyzed his face and affected his balance, hearing, and eyesight. So how, two years later, did Blake manage to recover medically, and be ranked the #4 tennis player in the world? At a time when he couldn't even make contact with the ball on a serve, it didn't occur to Blake that he would ever play a tournament like the US Open again. The dream seemed too big, and so he focused on micro goals: trying to move his eye fast enough to follow the ball; exercising the muscles in his face to regain the ability to smile; spending five minutes on the court, then two days off recovering. For Blake, the key to bouncing back after a tragic series of setbacks was to not look further than his feet, working at small goals rather faraway wishes—and when he was on the court facing Andre Agassi in the men's quarter finals of the US Open in 2006, it just felt like the next step in a progression of manageable victories. James Blake is the author of Ways of Grace: Stories of Activism, Adversity, and How Sports Can Bring Us Together.
Goal setting is a hamster wheel, says Adam Alter. If you want to channel your best work and get off the failure circuit, set systems instead.
You've just achieved a goal you've been working towards for two years. You did it! Congratulations. Someone asks you: how does it feel? "Kind of anti-climactic, actually," you say. This scenario is quite common among those who have achieved even the highest benchmarks in business, athletics, or art, says Adam Alter, and it's because the goal setting process is broken. With long-term goals particularly, you spend the large majority of the time in a failure state, awaiting what could be a mere second of success down the track. This can be a hollow and unrewarding process. Describing an idea first proposed by Scott Adams in his book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Alter suggests swapping quantitative goals (I will write 1,000 words of my novel per day. I will run 1km further every week) for qualitative systems—like writing every morning with no word target, or running in a new environment each week—that nourish you psychologically, and are independently rewarding each time you do them. Adam Alter is the author of Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked.