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Time Management: Handling Disruptions in Daily Schedules

Time Management: Handling Disruptions in Daily Schedules
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    Even as one learns to be able to take control of time and work according to a set schedule, one should realize that life may not be as smooth as one would hope for. Taking charge of the time that you have in a day, each day of your life is an essential part of achieving the long term goals that you may have set for yourself but there is a high probability that during the course of things, you may realize that there will be times, in spite of planning that you feel totally out of control.

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    These disturbances and obstacles that life presents may clash with the daily goals and schedules at times. They also contribute a lot to a situation of lack of control. Letting these situations and issues become important and assume control is something that needs to be avoided at any cost. The one thing that you need to keep in mind is that regardless of what disruptions arise in a daytime, you are responsible for what you do at the end of the day. Resorting to excuses about why you could not complete the tasks that you set out to do at the beginning of the day shall lead you nowhere.

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    A technique to take charge of a situation is to detach yourself from the problem and view the situation from a perspective. For example what advice would you give to someone who is facing a similar situation? When you look at the problem from a perspective, the solution you arrive at would most likely be the ideal one as there is no fear aspect involved which otherwise would be present when you are attached to the situation and the outcome. To give you an example, take the situation of a surgeon who is going to operate on his son. Even though the surgeon might have successfully operated on hundreds of patients, his hands may tremble this time. This is because the surgeon gets involved and is bothered about the outcome.

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    Once you have detached yourself from the situation and have arrived at best possible solution, do not take time to get into action mode. Don’t fret about how your schedule was disrupted and how you will need to spend more time at office trying to ensure that you meet the deadlines that you have committed. Cribbing, making excuses and getting frustrated will take you no where. On the other hand, taking charge and accepting the situation and doing something about it will ensure that you emerge victorious from the situations that come your way. Time management is not just about following the schedule planned on paper but also involves handling surprises along the way.

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    Vishal P. Rao shares his insights and tips on holistic living at Relishing Life.

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    Last Updated on November 18, 2020

    15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It)

    15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It)

    It’s okay, you can finally admit it. It’s been two months since you’ve seen the inside of the gym. Getting sick, family crisis, overtime at work and school papers that needed to get finished all kept you for exercising. Now, the question is: how do you start again?
    Once you have an exercise habit, it becomes automatic. You just go to the gym, there is no force involved. But after a month, two months or possibly a year off, it can be hard to get started again. Here are some tips to climb back on that treadmill after you’ve fallen off.

    1. Don’t Break the Habit – The easiest way to keep things going is simply not to stop. Avoid long breaks in exercising or rebuilding the habit will take some effort. This may be advice a little too late for some people. But if you have an exercise habit going, don’t drop it at the first sign of trouble.
    2. Reward Showing Up – Woody Allen once said that, “Half of life is showing up.” I’d argue that 90% of making a habit is just making the effort to get there. You can worry about your weight, amount of laps you run or the amount you can bench press later.
    3. Commit for Thirty Days – Make a commitment to go every day (even just for 20 minutes) for one month. This will solidify the exercise habit. By making a commitment you also take pressure off yourself in the first weeks back of deciding whether to go.
    4. Make it Fun – If you don’t enjoy yourself at the gym, it is going to be hard to keep it a habit. There are thousands of ways you can move your body and exercise, so don’t give up if you’ve decided lifting weights or doing crunches isn’t for you. Many large fitness centers will offer a range of programs that can suit your tastes.
    5. Schedule During Quiet Hours – Don’t put exercise time in a place where it will easily be pushed aside by something more important. Right after work or first thing in the morning are often good places to put it. Lunch-hour workouts might be too easy to skip if work demands start mounting.
    6. Get a Buddy – Grab a friend to join you. Having a social aspect to exercising can boost your commitment to the exercise habit.
    7. X Your Calendar – One person I know has the habit of drawing a red “X” through any day on the calendar he goes to the gym. The benefit of this is it quickly shows how long it has been since you’ve gone to the gym. Keeping a steady amount of X’s on your calendar is an easy way to motivate yourself.
    8. Enjoyment Before Effort – After you finish any work out, ask yourself what parts you enjoyed and what parts you did not. As a rule, the enjoyable aspects of your workout will get done and the rest will be avoided. By focusing on how you can make workouts more enjoyable, you can make sure you want to keep going to the gym.
    9. Create a Ritual – Your workout routine should become so ingrained that it becomes a ritual. This means that the time of day, place or cue automatically starts you towards grabbing your bag and heading out. If your workout times are completely random, it will be harder to benefit from the momentum of a ritual.
    10. Stress Relief – What do you do when your stressed? Chances are it isn’t running. But exercise can be a great way to relieve stress, releasing endorphin which will improve your mood. The next time you feel stressed or tired, try doing an exercise you enjoy. When stress relief is linked to exercise, it is easy to regain the habit even after a leave of absence.
    11. Measure Fitness – Weight isn’t always the best number to track. Increase in muscle can offset decreases in fat so the scale doesn’t change even if your body is. But fitness improvements are a great way to stay motivated. Recording simple numbers such as the number of push-ups, sit-ups or speed you can run can help you see that the exercise is making you stronger and faster.
    12. Habits First, Equipment Later – Fancy equipment doesn’t create a habit for exercise. Despite this, some people still believe that buying a thousand dollar machine will make up for their inactivity. It won’t. Start building the exercise habit first, only afterwards should you worry about having a personal gym.
    13. Isolate Your Weakness – If falling off the exercise wagon is a common occurrence for you, find out why. Do you not enjoy exercising? Is it a lack of time? Is it feeling self-conscious at the gym? Is it a lack of fitness know-how? As soon as you can isolate your weakness, you can make steps to improve the situation.
    14. Start Small – Trying to run fifteen miles your first workout isn’t a good way to build a habit. Work below your capacity for the first few weeks to build the habit. Otherwise you might scare yourself off after a brutal workout.
    15. Go for Yourself, Not to Impress – Going to the gym with the only goal of looking great is like starting a business with only the goal to make money. The effort can’t justify the results. But if you go to the gym to push yourself, gain energy and have a good time, then you can keep going even when results are slow.

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