Saturday,18 August, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1196, (8-14 May 2014)
Saturday,18 August, 2018
Issue 1196, (8-14 May 2014)

Ahram Weekly

Reclaim your time

Let’s talk about better living! Our new interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers.

Al-Ahram Weekly

Being ultra busy and pressed for time is almost everyone’s default mode just about every day of the week. There seems to be no end to the to-do list, e-mails, IMs, phone calls and meetings. We’re constantly running all over the place to do a range of things, from keeping our boss happy to making money. However, being under a constant time crunch can negatively affect our physical, emotional and spiritual health. If time is lacking, we spend little, if any of it, on self-development and spiritual growth, which is detrimental to our progress in life.

Follow these simple ways to get more out of your day:

•       Start with a decision:I want to be less busy. I don’t want to do this anymore. I want to be relaxed and enjoy the peacefulness.

•       Make two lists:Your ideal day and all your commitments. Start by eliminating what are not essential or don’t make up your ideal day. Then start following your ideal schedule. Be sure there’s a space between things, so you’re not rushed.

•       Delegate: Look at your to-do list then eliminate, delegate or postpone some things until later to save your valuable time. Just choose one to three things to focus on each day. Assign time for doing emails, phone calls and smaller tasks, so they don’t interrupt you throughout the day.

•       Set aside a certain amount of time each day to do your own activity (reading, swimming, sports, etc): Start with 15 minutes and work your way up.

•       Doing part of something is better than nothing: If you can’t complete a task or a project, take a small “chunk” out of it rather than letting the whole thing slide until later. If not, set aside a specific time to finish the job completely.

•       Learn to say “no”: This can make a world of difference. You can also try to set limits around how much you will do and when.

•       Bundle your tasks: Save up non-urgent duties to do those that are necessary and closely relate to one another. Focus on important things rather than a bunch of little things.

•       Do the unpleasant stuff first: Start with tasks that you dislike to save yourself the hassle of thinking about not having done them!

•       Set aside time each week to do something special. Make sure that, no matter how busy you are, you take time to socialise. Spending time with friends, outdoors or at the movies is essential in helping you be the most focused and effective you can be with your time.

•       And finally, take a deep look at the activities and people in your life that are “energy drainers.” Do they need to be part of your life? What would happen if you eliminated or reduced your time spent on/with them?

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