TIME – We all each have the same amount

We all have the same amount of hours in the day, week, month and year but how we use them is completely different from person to person. Some use them to great success and happiness, others always say there just aren’t enough. About 10 years ago I lived in Uganda and had a conversation with a young man about life and time. He summed up our differences very sweetly with the phrase, ‘you Westerners have the watch, us Africans have the time…’

 

So how maxed out for time are you at the moment? With the long Easter weekend just gone, school holidays still on, colleagues off and two bank holidays coming up in May it’s not uncommon to get the answer of ‘quite a lot!’ We are all so passionate about what we do at home and at work, but there is also a danger that we blow ourselves out sometimes.

 

I recently read an interesting article from Dr. Travis Bradberry which highlights how successful people manage to work less and get more done. Easier said than done but if you can find the time it is worth considering the following list which contains 10 things that successful people do to find balance on the weekend and to come into work at 110% on Monday morning.

 

  1. Disconnect – Disconnecting is the most important weekend strategy on this list. Remove yourself electronically from your work Friday evening through to Monday morning.
  2. Minimize Chores – Chores have a funny habit of completely taking over your weekends. When this happens, you lose the opportunity to relax and reflect.
  3. Reflect – Weekly reflection is a powerful tool for improvement. Use the weekend to contemplate the larger forces that are shaping your industry, your organization, and your job.
  4. Exercise – You have 48 hours every weekend to make it happen. Getting your body moving for as little as 10 minutes releases GABA, a soothing neurotransmitter that reduces stress.
  5. Pursue a Passion – You might be surprised what happens when you pursue something you’re passionate about on weekends.
  6. Spend Quality Time with Family – Spending quality time with your family on the weekend is essential if you want to recharge and relax. Family time on the weekend is important.
  7. Schedule Micro-Adventures – Buy tickets to a concert or play, or get reservations for that cool new hotel that just opened. Instead of running on a treadmill, plan a hike!
  8. Wake Up at the Same Time – Having an inconsistent wake-up time disturbs your circadian rhythm. Your body cycles through an elaborate series of sleep phases in order for you to wake up rested and refreshed.
  9. Designate Mornings as Me Time – Finding a way to engage in an activity you’re passionate about first thing in the morning can pay massive dividends in happiness and cleanliness of mind
  10. Prepare for the Upcoming Week – As little as 30 minutes of planning can yield significant gains in productivity and reduced stress. The week feels a lot more manageable when you go into it with a plan because all you have to focus on is execution.

 

The full article can be read at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/10-things-successful-people-do-weekend-dr-travis-bradberry?trk=hp-feed-article-title

 

Happy time planning….

 

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