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Get More Done By Doing Nothing!

Get More Done By Doing Nothing!
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    The art of managing time does not come easy and needs to be learnt over time. It takes years of commitment and specific effort to be able to hone the time management skills even after acquiring them. There are many areas of time management that various people need to learn. Some need to understand the importance of prioritizing work and the manner in which they should go about doing that whereas some need to be able to handle multiple tasks at the same time. There are others that need to improve skills pertaining to the proper classification of their tasks into the right urgency-importance quadrant and those that need to understand that time management does not mean neglecting personal tasks that one needs to complete.

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    But there are some areas which seem to need improvement by a large number of people. One such area is the ability to concentrate and focus on the job at hand. If you want to deliver good results in whatever you do, one thing that is essential to have (other than the capability to the job, of course), is to be able to obliterate all other distracting thoughts that may lead your mind to wander and rivet your thoughts.

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    This may go against the common phrase that you may have heard often about multi-tasking but there is logic and a science behind why concentration produces the best quality and the fastest results. It has probably been told to you in seminars in corporate life and business schools that being able to multitask is essential for success at workplace and this ability ensures that you can handle multiple assignments at the same time. The fact of the matter is that though you may have multiple tasks on hand at one time, it is different from concentrating on the job that you are doing. Once you have taken up a task and started doing it, you need to ensure that all your thoughts, efforts and your whole self are focused towards completing it.

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    One technique which works extremely well to help you in increasing your overall concentration levels is to sit at your desk and do practically nothing for a few minutes or in other words meditate. Your mind needs to be completely devoid of any thought for that period. Just 10 minutes of meditation before handling each task would be sufficient.

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    When you meditate thus before you start working on a task, your stress levels decreases and a great deal of clarity arises. When your mind is clear you’ll be able to complete the task at hand faster and efficiently. When you begin to appreciate the benefit of meditating before undertaking each task, you’ll want to start with 30 minutes of meditation before planning your day itself, so your entire day is organized with absolute clarity and no confusion.

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

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    Last Updated on November 19, 2019

    How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic

    How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic

    When you become an early riser, you’ll experience a lot of benefits including feeling more energized and having more time to do what you want.

    If you’d like to become an early riser, there are some things you should know before you run off to set your oft-ignored alarm clock.

    So how to become an early riser?

    Here are five tips I’ve discovered to be most helpful in making the transition from erratic sleeper to early morning wizard:

    1. Choose to Get up Before You Go to Sleep

    You’re not very good at making decisions when you’ve just woken up. You were in the middle of a dream in which [insert celebrity crush of choice here] is serving you breakfast in bed only to be rudely awakened by the harsh tones of your alarm clock. You’re frustrated, angry, confused, and surprised. This is not the time to be making decisions about whether or not you should stay in bed! And yet, most of us leave the first decision of our day to be made in a blur of partial wakefulness.

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    No more!

    If you want to be a consistently early riser, try making your decision to rise at a specific time before you go to sleep the night before. This frees you from making the decision in the morning when you’ve just woken up. Instead of making a decision, you have only to follow through on your decision from the night before.

    Easier said than done? Of course. But only for the first few times. Eventually, your need for raw willpower to get out of bed will diminish and you’ll be the proud parent of a new habit!

    Steve Pavlina suggests you practice getting out of bed during the day[1] to get a few of the “practice sessions” out of the way without the early morning fog in your head.

    2. Have a Plan for Your Extra Time

    Let’s say you’ve actually made it out of bed 2 hours before you normally would. Now what? What are you going to do with all this time you’ve discovered in your day?

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    If you don’t have something planned to do with your extra time, you risk falling for the temptation of a “morning nap” that wipes out all the work you put into getting up.

    What to do? Before you go to bed, make a quick note of what you’d like to get done during your extra hours the following day. Do you have a book to write, paper to read, or garage to clean? Make a plan for your early hours and you’ll do more than protect yourself from backsliding into bed.

    You’ll get things done and those results will fuel your desire to build rising early into a habit!

    3. Make Rising Early a Social Activity

    Your internet or social media buddies just don’t have enough pull to make your new habit stick in the long term. The same cannot be said for the people you spend time with as part of your early morning routine.

    Sure, you could choose to read blogs for two hours every morning. But wouldn’t it be great to join an early breakfast club, running group, or play chess in the park at 5am?

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    The more people you get involved in making your new habit a daily part of your life, the easier it’ll be to succeed.

    4. Don’t Use an Alarm That Makes You Angry

    If we’re all wired differently, why do we all insist on torturing ourselves with the same sort of alarm each morning?

    I spent years trying to wake up before my alarm went off so I wouldn’t have to hear it. I got pretty good, too. Then I started using a cellphone as my alarm clock and quickly realized that different ring tones irritated me less but worked just as well to wake me up. I now use the ring tone alarm as a back up for my bedside lamp plugged in to a timer.

    When the bright light doesn’t work, the cellphone picks up the slack and I wake up on time. The lesson learned? Experiment a bit and see what works best for you. Light, sound, smells, temperature, or even some contraption that dumps water on you might be more pleasant than your old alarm clock. Give something new a try!

    5. Get Your Blood Flowing Right After Waking

    If you don’t have a neighbor, you can pick fights with at 5am, you’ll have to settle with a more mundane exercise. It doesn’t take much to get your blood flowing and chase the sleep from your head.

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    Just pick something you don’t mind doing and go through the motions until your heart rate is up. Jumping rope, push-ups, crunches, or a few minutes of yoga are typically enough to do the trick. (Just don’t do anything your doctor hasn’t approved.)

    If you live in a beautiful part of the world like me, you might want to use a bit of your early morning to go for a walk and enjoy the beauty of the world around you.

    If you have a coffee shop open within walking distance, dragging yourself out of bed for a cup of coffee to savor on your walk home as the world wakes around you is a wonderful experience. Try it!

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