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A little more sleep!

Reaching on time at the bus stop!

Finishing, the answer paper on time, that last hurried question!

Reaching office without honking or getting honked at traffic!

The nagging feeling, the palpitation, the heart race, the headache, tension, stress, anxiety, breathlessness. Are these the physical symptoms that you experience due to racing with day to day activity and managing time??

All of us run short of time for something or the other. There’s always something in our personal lives, away from work, or even during our workday, that we have to set aside for a later that seems to take forever to come. How often do we come across something we wish we have had more time to accomplish? Something we might have done better if we only had the time.

While the time available to you is the same every day and never going to change, how you organize that time can do wonders for your life, not just your working life but your personal life as well. The work /play equation has to be right for a balanced lifestyle.

Here are some tips, that experts agree, should help you find more time for all aspects of your life, both work and relaxation.

Take Advantage Of Technology!

Technology is a great tool, but in itself it can be too stressful as well. All technological tools are available to us at the same time all the time. Cell phone, Laptop, Television, Internet, Skype, Whtasapp, Facebook, etc. everything is around us and with us at the snap of our finger. Distraction is always at the corner for us to kill time instantly! But if you take advantage and simplify technology, it can be a blessing in disguise. Here are the simple ways:

  • Electronic planners, electronic bill payments and online banking are all some of the many technological aids that can give you more time to spend relaxing with friends and family.

  • Blocking away unnecessary pokes can ease out with time. Now who will decide what is "unnecessary”? You off course, because it’s your time and thus understanding that technology shouldn’t control you and it should be vice versa is important.

  • Proven research has indicated that social platforms like Facebook, messenger, twitter etc. should not be available on the cell phone. There will constantly be an urge to look up on these and loose vital time doing things which can be done later. Let these sites be on your laptop which will automatically limit you from accessing and thus saving precious time.

Set your Priorities:

We, most of the time plan in our head. It natural because our mind is always available to us. But all said and done, it’s our brain. In terms of processing language and speech, the average human brain can articulate 120-150 words per minute for speech. Process around 350-500 heard words per minute. So when it comes to prioritizing, our brain always has prior reference to look upto. Therefore don’t depend on your brain too much because it might lead to cheat at times. So here how you go ahead: When you plan your day, take the time to make notes, lists. As I said, planning in mind can go off track sometime but a visible note in front will always come handy to meet little targets.

  • Understand your limitations. This can be your greatest ally in helping you chalk out your day.

  • Be honest to yourself. Don’t force yourself to do more than you have been able to do consistently in the past.

  • While it’s always good to push yourself a bit, but remember that time planning is always a gradual change, be realistic in your approach to your immediate challenges.

  • Setting priorities and concentrating on tasks in order of importance can be a great help in maintaining quality.

  • If a task can be delegated, take advantage of that option. This could be a great opportunity for you to train your staff to share duties on a regular basis and create efficiencies through flexibility at your workplace.

  • Take into account your personal preferences and physical limitations. For example, if you are at your most efficient at the start of the day, set it aside for your more challenging tasks.

  • The exact same principles can be applied to your life outside work. After all, despite the fact that you are changing roles, it’s still the same YOU that has to deal with the various aspects of your life. It’s important not to neglect any one aspect of your life in totality.

Make Time For Yourself:

It’s not always possible for you to find window to do this without foresight. You might be so busy that you have to start by setting a fixed time aside for this, but it will pay you rich dividends. Plan to have a time of day, or at least week, when you can step back from whatever the next task at hand is and look at how far you’ve come with your overall goals for that period. Often this can be the easiest thing to ignore and put aside for later, but once you get into the habit, you will begin to notice the enormous benefits.

Once again the same basic principles apply to your life at home. Going from one set of commitments and responsibilities to another can leave you with little time for yourself and for your relationships. Burning the candle at both ends will make you prone to health issues and irritability. Remind yourself of what your priorities for yourself and your loved ones are on a regular basis, it’ll help you make time for them. Set aside time for relaxation and rejuvenation, the more care you take of yourself the better you will be at meeting the goals you have set for yourself. This involves both focus and being able to walk away from even the most pressing concerns from time to time.

Happy Timing!

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