If you are like most people you may be experiencing a high demand of your time. We live in a time where everything is at the tip of our fingertips yet instead of appreciating the time that this gives us many use the extra time to cram worthless activities in.
Do you want more hours in the day? You don't need more time you just need to learn to use your time wisely. With these simple yet very effective tips you can begin to recapture your time, energy and life.
1. Check emails 2 to 4 times a day
Email is a great way to communicate in a quick and effective manner, but it doesn't mean you have to sit on your inbox reading and responding emails immediately.
Get into the habit of checking emails just 2 to 4 times a day. The result being you will calmer, focused and attentive to your work. Working smarter doesn't mean working harder.
2. Turn off social media
Do not get sucked into the world of social media as it can quickly manipulate your time and energy. What was meant to be 5 minutes checking facebook suddenly turns into a wasted 2 hours aimlessly surfing through social media and news sites.
Want to get a new focus and lease of life? Close your accounts for one month and experience the difference.
3. Allow yourself to wake up fully before you embrace the day
It has become a habit and addiction that once the eyelids begin to flutter open automatically many reach for their phones to check emails, news and social media.
Treat this time as your sacred space. Spend five or ten minutes just being in bed. Use this time to think about your day, your intentions and what your focus is. Have breakfast, shower and get ready and only then (if you must) check your emails. This is a pattern many successful entrepreneurs and business people follow.
4. Create time in your schedule for you
Go for a walk, meditate, bike ride, go to the gym, read, have a bath do something just for you. This downtime can be as little as ten minutes during the day. By taking this time out and recharging your batteries increases calmness, focus and attention.
5. Learn to say no.
Make no your friend. Learn to say no to work colleagues, friends, family or partners. If you can't do it say no. By overcommitting adds more stress and wastes more of your precious time. Saying no helps to reinforce your personal boundaries.
Linda Connors is a London Hypnotherapist and Life Coach working with people to get a healthy balance between work, family and personal time. Work smarter not harder.
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