Articles and writing with Linda Connors
Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days. Zig Ziglar
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 and as a result have more energy to focus on what's important.
Tip 1 - stop checking emails
We now can have access to emails wherever we are - but if you are checking your emails too often it comes as a costs as it zaps our energy, creeps into our personal time with loved ones and stops you winding down in the evening.
12 months ago I decided to remove my emails from my phone. At first I thought the worlwould end but it didn't! I have more energy, time and focus and limit the time I check my email.
Action: Limit the time you check your emails and respond to what you can immediately so it's completed and frees up your energy and time. Working smart does not mean working harder.
Tip 2 - turn off social media
Social media usage quickly escalate into an addiction. What was meant to be 5 minutes checking facebook suddenly turns into a wasted 2 hours aimlessly surfing through social media and news sites. Imagine everything you could do and create with those precious hours.
Action: If you find it difficult to restrict your phone/laptop use apps designed to block social media and other sites for a period of time. Be with your partner, friends and loved ones free from the distraction of your phone and social media - that's real life!
Tip 3 - Give yourself space to fully wake up and prepare for the day
It has become a habit and addiction for many 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.
Action: Stop using your phone as an alarm clock - leave it in the kitchen and purchase a real alarm clock. After one week you will notice the difference. After one month it will become a natural way of living.
Tip 4 - schedule time in for you
Remember to create time in your schedule for you. Enjoy a walk, meditate, bike ride, go to the gym, read, have a bath or just 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.
Action: Make time for you to do things that you enjoy. In our busy lives we have forgotten the importance of "me" time.
Tip 5 - Learn to say no
Many, especially women, are afraid to say no so as a result they over commit and become even more stressed. Make no your friend. Learn to say no to work colleagues, friends, family or partners when you know the right response is "no". By over committing you become more stressed and have less time to do things which are important.
Action: When it is right to do so practice saying No. Saying no reinforces your personal boundaries.
It's not about time - it's about your focus
When you refocus your commitment to your own life, your own boundaries and your own time you will find you naturally have more energy, space and time to do what's important. Stop putting off and start doing!
Since 2007 Linda Connors, London Hypnotherapist and Confidence Coach, has been helping stressed out executives get a better work-life balance and be more present and connected in the moment.
Call Linda on 075 3421 3557 to book your discovery call so you can start to enjoy the freedom to fully enjoy life, relationships, sex, and work.