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Reapplying Newton’s Laws… to Productivity

Reapplying Newton’s Laws… to Productivity

Sir Isaac Newton was an amazing scientific theorist — so amazing, in fact, that he doubled as a productivity expert. His ‘3 Laws of Motion’ can be used as surprisingly accurate analogies to unlocking your productive side, says blogger and entrepreneur James Clear in his blog post The Physics of Productivity: Newton’s Laws of Getting Stuff Done. With helpful diagrams, Clear explains how Newton’s laws of motion also apply to productivity and how to use these similarities to unlock your potential and get things done.

Read the blog post here.

“1. Objects in motion tend to stay in motion. Find a way to get started in less than 2 minutes.”

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    “2. It’s not just about working hard, it’s also about working on the right things. You have a limited amount of force and where you apply it matters.”

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      “3. Your productivity is a balance of opposing forces. If you want to be more productive, you can either power through the barriers or remove the opposing forces. The second option seems to be less stressful.”

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            Last Updated on October 28, 2020

            How to Take Time for Yourself and Restore Your Energy

            How to Take Time for Yourself and Restore Your Energy

            Do you ever find yourself longing to take time for yourself? Many of us are so busy with work, school, and home life that often there is no time left over to do something that you enjoy. What follows are some ways to carve out that essential time you need to slow down, enjoy life, and rejuvenate your mental and physical health.

            The Importance of Self-Care

            In today’s on-the-go society, taking time for yourself is often looked upon as being selfish or unproductive. You have a job to do, kids to take care of, meals to cook, bills to pay, and the list goes on. How can you possibly justify taking time out for self-care without feeling guilty[1]?

            The truth is that without self-care, you’re not giving yourself a fighting chance to give your best to each aspect of your life. If you don’t take care of your own needs first, you’ll find yourself burnt out and struggling in everyday life before you know it[2].

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              Shift your perspective and accept that taking time for self-care is key if you truly want to live a productive, happy, and successful life.

              Simple Ways to Take Time for Yourself

              Finding time to focus on self-care can be difficult, especially with the demands of work and family life. Often, scheduling time before you need it can be a great to way to ensure you don’t skimp on the all-important personal time. Here are a few simple ways to take time for yourself.

              Evenings With Yourself

              Try to save certain weeknights just for you. If others ask you to do things those nights, just tell them you have plans. Use the time for gardening, reading, exercise, thinking, or the ultimate luxury of doing nothing!

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              Monthly Treat

              Schedule a treat for yourself once a month. It could be on your lunch break, a weekend, or it could be leaving work early. Maybe you get a spa treatment, go see a movie, a haircut, play golf, or whatever treat you’re always thinking about but rarely get to do.

              Schedule it in at least a month before to ensure that nothing gets in the way of that time.

              Buy Tickets in Advance

              Buy tickets for a baseball game, theater production, concert, or any other event you would enjoy. Having the tickets already in hand will force you to make it happen!

              Leave Work on Time

              This is one of the simplest things you can do when you’re craving personal time. Many of us stay at work late on a regular basis. If this is you, make it a point to leave work exactly on time at least once a week, if not more[3]. And then enjoy that time by participating in your favorite hobby or spending time with a friend you rarely see.

              Join a Group

              Joining a group can be a great way to include socializing when you take time for yourself. Find a group or club that revolves around an interest or passion of yours or something you’ve been wanting to try. You can find a book club, photography club, or bird watching group. It can be anything that helps you feel rejuvenated.

              Take an Adult Education Class

              Have you been wanting to learn something new or brush up on something you learned a while back? There are tons of free online classes, and many community colleges also offer free or cheap classes.

              You can learn a foreign language, try yoga, or brush up on your painting skills.

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              Exercise

              For busy people it can be difficult to make time for this, but it’s important to do so. A new habit is started with just one step.

              For example, you can walk for 20 minutes in the morning, and then build on that success daily. Vary how you spend that time. On some days use the time for thinking and daydreaming. Other days you can listen to motivational audio, and on days you want a real boost, listen to your favorite music!

              However, if you’ve been exercising for a while and usually listen to music, try go without any input for a change. Instead, let your mind wander and expand.

              Here are some ways to find time for exercise in your busy life.

              Taking Time for Yourself on the Go

              Some of us spend hours commuting to and from work. This can be a great chance to take time for yourself!

              Commute Via Public Transportation

              If you can, ditch your car and let someone else do the driving. Use that time to plan your day or do some reading, writing, creative thinking, or even meditation.

              Driving in Your Car

              Make the most of this time, and vary how you spend it. If you always listen to music, perhaps also try educational radio (NPR), audio books, or even quiet time.

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              Use that quiet time for brainstorming. Either think in your head or even talk your ideas out loud. Bring a voice recorder. You could write a book via voice recorder over time.

              Waiting in the Car

              If you find that you have a certain amount of “waiting time” in your life, change how you perceive it. Instead of “waiting time,” you can instantly change it into “free time” by reading a book, writing a to-do list, or practicing meditation.

              Two Birds With One Stone

              Look for ideas where you can fit in time for you within things you need to do already or that will have multiple benefits. See the ideas below to give you an idea.

              Walk to Work

              This is a a great one because you’re accomplishing many things at once. You’re getting exercise, you have time to think or enjoy music/audio, and you’re helping to save the environment.

              Arrive Early

              Any appointment that you have, plan to arrive 15-30 minutes early. Then use this time to sit back and relax with a book or magazine.

              Volunteer

              There are so many benefits with this. You make a difference for others, escape work and personal worries, and grow as a person. This about what kind of volunteering interests you and find a group to join. It could be environmental, educational, or anything that brings you a sense of purpose.

              Eat Lunch Alone

              Try sneaking away for a quiet lunch alone on a park bench or even in your car. Enjoy some quiet time with no one to talk to and no distracting noises.

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              Time Away From Kids

              You love your kids, but sometimes you just need a break from parent life. Here are some ideas to help you step away from that role for a bit.

              Organize a “Mom’s/Dad’s Morning Out” Circle

              If you have a friend or group of friends, you could arrange to share babysitting services a few times a month so that others in the group get some time alone.

              Hire a Babysitter

              Make a plan to have a babysitter that you trust watch your children once a month or once a week so that you can take time for yourself. Take it a step further and make that a date night or a night you participate in a class or hobby.

              Find a Gym With a Babysitting Service

              Find a gym that offers childcare so that you can take a yoga class, do some strength training, or even work out with a personal trainer. Make sure you fully research the safety of their childcare program first, though, and get some references if possible.

              The Bottom Line

              If you feel like you need to take time for yourself and relieve stress, there are many ways to do it. Even if you have a chaotic life where there seems to be only seconds to spare on any given day, it’s possible to carve out time for yourself by simply planning ahead. Make this a monthly occurrence to begin a healthy self-care habit.

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