11 Ways to Make the Most of the Time You HaveBy Samantha Boardman, M.D.
Modern conveniences like vacuum cleaners, super turbo hairdryers and electronic juicers make life so much easier. Yet those are old-fashioned compared to the new ultramodern tools designed to enhance efficiency, streamline productivity and save time. Fresh Direct delivers groceries to the door, Gifts N’ Ideas can remember, select, and send a gift to your mother-in-law on her birthday at the touch of a button, and concierge services like Zirtual do everything from planning vacations to arranging dry-cleaning pick ups and delivery. By definition and design, these modern luxuries are intended to be timesaving.
The irony is that everyone feels pressed for time. Kathleen Vohs, Ph.D., describes this current epidemic as “time famine.”
The following recommendations are not going to add more hours to your day but they may alter how you think about—and value—your time.
Rethink Your Priorities
Consider your goals and values and evaluate whether you are spending your time accordingly. Many people say they wish they could spend more time with their family but end up on their smartphones whenever they’re with them. Quality face time is golden and a vital element of well-being. 80% of people surveyed for a research report said that checking their smartphone is the first thing they do in the morning. That’s before going to the bathroom, brushing their teeth, kissing their partner or hugging their kids. Don’t be one of them. It’s up to you to prioritize your real priorities.
Build De-Stressing Moments Into Your Day
Why wait for weekends and vacations to recharge? In fact, contrary to what most people think, working through lunch isn’t the most effective strategy. A growing body of research suggests that naps and taking breaks throughout the day will actually make you more productive.
Minimize “Empty Calories”
As neuroscientist Susan Greenfield writes:
“We live in the information age, in an answer-rich, question-poor environment. We are constantly bombarded with information.”
A lot of that information is the emotional equivalent to empty calories in junk food. In the name of staying connected we allow email, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to capture our attention, but at what cost? Those empty calories gobble up our precious time.
Get More Shut-Eye
When we are sleep deprived, we accomplish less. As written in the Power of Full Engagement: <