Good morning ladies and gentlemen 🙂
Today, we live in a culture that glorifies being busy and zipping around. It’s fashionable to have a full schedule and to always be in a hurry to one place or another. However, this negatively affects our productivity. When our schedule is overloaded, we tend to overload our brains and thus reduce the quality of everything we are doing in our day. In addition, always being a hurry sends a signal to others that you are not in control of your life, the day runs you, so to speak. You come off as high-strung, disorganized and even in some circumstances, unconfident.
Poised, graceful people manage themselves, their lives and their time. They are in control, they prioritize and do not rush, at least not often. Here are some tips on how to stop rushing.
- Change your mindset
Train yourself to let go of the idea that busier is better. Always choose quality over quantity. If you are pressed for time it’s better to pick one sport and focus on being really good at it, rather than pursuing three, and not having enough time to focus on developing in any of them, for example. Remember that when you slow down, you feel better and work better on the task in front of you. Savor and appreciate every moment, be fully focused on whatever is front of you.
Anxiety and stress often manifest in the way our body moves, even if we are not in a hurry! If you have a lot of stress in your body, you will naturally walk and talk a lot faster without even realizing it. You can solve this by taking measures to relax and rejuvenate in whatever way feels best to you. Meditate, do yoga, get a massage, or even just take some time to do what you love or what makes you happy. Take a five minute walk out of your office and get some fresh air. Allocate some time for yourself every day to just wind down and decompress. This is vital for your productivity and even your health.
Are you overloading yourself? Most of us are. Thanks to the media today, we feel like we have to be everything, successful career person/entrepreneur, fitness junkie, Master Chef, Superparent and a social butterfly to boot. This is simply is not possible, we cannot do everything and be perfect at everything. List all the areas and activities in your life and prioritize which ones are really important to you. Eliminate or rearrange any part of your schedule that is not. Be ruthlessly selective in what you pursue. You will free up your time, increase your focus on what is actually important to you and as a result become better at it.
In addition, stop saying yes to everything. You might want to take on every project offered to you or help everyone who asks you, and to a certain degree it is good to stretch yourself a little, but if you already have a hectic schedule and simply cannot fit something in, don’t.
- Wake up earlier
Oversleeping often causes us to be late, therefore making us rush and increasing our stress and pressure. Calculate what time you would need to wake up to be on time for school or work and be honest with yourself. Then set an alarm and stick to it. It will be hell for the first few days but eventually your body WILL get used to it, and you will find yourself waking up at that time even without an alarm clock or feeling too tired. Even waking up 10-15 minutes earlier can make a big difference.
In line with this, try and get to bed early. In as much you need to unwind after a hard day’s work, if you are staying up to watch movies or browse through social media you are robbing yourself of your most precious resource: your health. Go to bed as early as you can and improve the quality of your sleep.
- Eliminate distractions
While you are working, be as ruthless as possible with removing distractions. This could be hanging out with your friends, using social media, chatting with colleagues and so on. That is not to say that these things should be eliminated, they are part and parcel of a balanced life, but when it’s time for work it’s time for work. Put away your phone and close your door if need be. This will enable you to finish your responsibilities faster and free up more time, as well as improving the quality of your work.
- Study your schedule
Study yourself for a week and pinpoint certain things. When do you usually hurry? What causes you to hurry or be late? What can you do about that? For instance, are you usually hurrying in the morning when going to school/work? Is it because you wake up too late? Is it because you spend too much time in the shower or having breakfast?
Block out your time and see if there are any time wasters or activities that would be best performed at other times during the week. Time shift. For instance, perhaps you could have breakfast or work on some assignments during your commute.
As much as possible, prepare for your day the night before. Lay out and iron your clothes, make your packed breakfast/lunch, print/bind your assignment, whatever you can do the night before, do it.
- Avoid Errands
If you are pressed for time, see how you can change up your approach towards errands. Can you delegate these errands to another member of your household? Can you order something online rather than physically going to the store? Take advantage of delegation and technology wherever possible to free up your time.
I hope this article gave you some insights J Are you always in a hurry? How do you usually manage your time? Leave a comment below!