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2011-10-01 Time Management Ideas

A Dozen Easy Ways You Can Beat Stress

Have you ever wished for a few more hours in a day? I know I have! Why is it that some people seem to get everything done without any effort and others feel that time constantly flies by them? The secret to managing your time well isn’t working more hours. It is about prioritizing the important things and learning to use the time you have more efficiently and effectively. The secret is working smarter, not harder.

Some of us, by nature, organize and get tasks out of the way before we relax, while others of us play first and work later. It is important to first recognize which type you are and whether your style is allowing you to have the life you really want. Maybe you are super- organized at work, but burned out because you don’t know how to make time for yourself. Maybe you are naturally a less organized person who knows how to relax, but you are dissatisfied because you aren’t fulfilling your goals and dreams.

Instead of labeling yourself or beating yourself up, realize that time management is an area of your life that you can strengthen. Like a new muscle, it takes practice and repetition to make it stronger. (You know when you just took an exercise class for the first time, lifted weights, did yard work-you have not used those muscles so you need to keep practicing and strengthen them and eventually it becomes a bit easier). To help you get started, here are some steps to help manage your days at work and at home.

Try the first one or two that jump out at you:

  • Allocate time for planning and organizing.
  • Create to-do lists that are realistic, not intimidating. Use only one to-do list.
  • Under-schedule your time: Leave time for the unexpected and for interruptions. when you estimate how long something will take, add on a third of that time.
  • Schedule your time in a way that reduces interruptions that lower your productivity.
  • Practice the art of intelligent neglect: Eliminate trivial tasks.
  • Prioritize what is most important and do that first.
  • Consider your biological prime time: At what time of day do you work best? Plan to do your most important work at that time.
  • If you say “yes” to everything that comes your way, learn to say, ” NO!).
  • Ask for help and delegate.
  • Set a specific time when you will end the task for the day ie; 30 minutes, 1 hour, 10:00 and stick to it! *In the evening make your to-do list for the next day, so it will be out of your brain and on a piece of paper.
  • Use your “NO” muscle. Sometimes you have to disappoint someone by saying “NO” but your body can only do so much. Say “I will get back to you” look at your schedule and see if you can manage ‘one more thing’.
  • If you are trying to manage your weight, write out what you plan to eat and drink for the next day. Many people that are not successful at losing weight didn’t “plan to fail” they simply “failed to plan”. Many of my clients that have weight loss as one of their goals email me daily what they are consuming. This is a great success tool.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into manageable tasks, and then starting on the first on.

~ Mark Twain

Acknowledge yourself daily for all that you have accomplished! What are you grateful for? Sometimes you may need to dig deep but we all do have many things to be grateful for. I am grateful to have you as my readers and even more grateful that many of you are my clients.

The two biggest hindrances to using time effectively: procrastinating and lacking purpose. We usually procrastinate when a job/task seems too overwhelming, large or complex, or when we feel we won’t be able to handle it. When you get that “deer in the headlights” feeling, try “chunking”: break the large task into smaller, manageable action steps and start with the first one. We also often drag our heels or use our time inefficiently because we are bored, unengaged and uninspired. The most effective people will tell you that they love what they do and are aligned with a greater purpose. When it comes to managing your time, you might need to ask the larger questions, “Am I doing what I love to do? Am I doing something meaningful to me?

As you strengthen your new time management muscle, keep your focus on getting organized so that you can live the life you came here for. Instead of being a chore, good time management can be your ticket to more fun, greater satisfaction and a vibrant, exciting life!

It’s 10:00. I am done with this for now.

ROOT VEGETABLES

The roots of any plant are its anchor and foundation; they are the essential parts that support and nourish the plant. Root vegetables lend these properties to us when we eat them, making us feel physically and mentally grounded and rooted, increasing our stability, stamina and endurance. Roots are a rich source of nutritious complex carbohydrates, providing a steady source of necessary sugars to the body. Instead of upsetting blood sugar levels like refined sweet foods, they regulate them. Since they absorb, assimilate and supply plants with vital nutrients, roots increase absorption and assimilation in our digestive tracts.

 

Long roots like burdock (you can find it at Whole Foods) carrots, parsnips and daikon radish, are excellent blood purifiers and can help improve circulation in the body and increase mental clarity. Round roots, like turnips, radishes, beets and rutabagas, are nourishing to the stomach, spleen, pancreas and reproductive organs and can help regulate blood sugar and moods, and alleviate cravings.

Roasted Root Vegetables

4-6 servings

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 parsnips
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 turnips
  • 1 large rutabaga
  • 1 daikon radish (or substitute/add in your favorites, like squash, pumpkin)
  • 1 large onion/garlic
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1-2 fresh tomatoes
  • 1-2 tablespoon grape seed oil
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Sage (fresh is best)

Preheat oven to 375

Wash and chop all vegetables into large bite-sized pieces

Place in a large baking dish with sides.

Drizzle with grapeseed oil; Mix well to coat vegetables lightly with the oil.

Sprinkle with sea salt, crushed black peppercorns and any/all of the above herbs.

Bake uncovered 25-35 minutes until vegetables are tender and golden brown, checking every 10 minutes to stir and make sure veggies are not sticking. If you don’t want to combine all of the above vegetables, roasting only one or two is final also. It makes a nice side dish.

 

The best medicine is what you put on your fork.

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9 Comments
  1. If you’re reading this, you’re all set, pardner!

  2. I’m really into it, thakns for this great stuff!

    • Everyone can use a little help with managing their time and stress.

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