Friday, October 27, 2017

5 Tips to Make More Space in Your Day

From the Chopra Center

How often do you find yourself thinking, “I just don’t have enough time!”?

If you’re feeling overscheduled and under-rested, try these 5 surprising tips to find more space in your day.

1. Go to Bed Earlier
While the late hours of the night when the house is quiet may seem like the ideal time to get things done, depriving yourself of sleep inhibits brain function – which is a fast track to reduced productivity.

2. Listen Fully
When someone else’s lips are moving, how often is your brain somewhere completely different? When you listen fully (especially at work), you’re clear on what’s being said the first time, and avoid wasting time with confusion later.

3. Meditate
Sitting in silence may seem like the last thing you need to do during a busy day, but you’ll actually have more time when you meditate because it makes you more productive. It also gets you in touch with who you really are and what you really want, so you can better prioritize what truly makes you happy.

4. Avoid Multitasking
While multitasking may make us feel like we’re getting more done, the quality of our presence is diminished – and over time, it can actually damage our neural networks. Focus on just one thing to do it right, the first time.

5. Learn to Say No
We all receive requests each day for demands on our time. Ask yourself if the request is truly in line with your priorities. While saying “no” can be uncomfortable, people will often be more understanding than you think.

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