WORKPLACE / AUG. 14, 2014
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Making the Most of Your Time

Making the most of your time is especially hard these days. There are so many things to distract us from our purposeful selves. TV, Youtube, cell phones, sunshine and beautiful women. Add to that all the ways we move so quickly through time, just having to keep up with appearances, expectations, scheduling, et cetera -- it leaves very little room for critical thinking.

Critical Thought

This is the first important step that we often overlook. Because critical thought is one of the more helpful ways of considering the immediate future. What needs to be done? In what order? Will I have time for this if I do that? Writing down a list, or making some kind of an itinerary – whether tangible or one that only exists in your brain -- will ultimately aide your days as they all blend and bleed into one another.

Once you have realised the shape and function of your time, acting it out will feel more natural. Weights will be alleviated, as you can go about your day with a sense of readiness. Too many times we are burdened and overwhelmed. When this happens, we are not at our best; we might even be operating with a level of anxiety that hinders the way we do things, causing discomfort. These negative side-effects can lead to other negative things, such as bad grades, bad reports, bad people, bad breath, bad memories, bad relationships and bad jobs.

Taking the time, each day, to plot your course would only benefit your state of mind and how you are viewing yourself. When that connection is healthy, then all other areas of your life will flow with the vibes that you are controlling and putting into action.

Gratitude

Another way to make the most of your time is to learn how to appreciate your thoughts, and the people around you. If you find that you are not able to do this -- if you are working around people that you cannot tolerate or that make you feel uneasy or ridiculous, then it might be a good question to ask yourself what it is you are doing there. (This relates to the first step: critical thought.) The process of observing your surroundings, at the workplace, and being aware of how it all makes you feel, is very important for being a healthy, “productive” person.

It’s okay to feel that you can’t always be at your best; and this is unlikely because we all have emotions and we all have thoughts, feelings and opinions. But learning to translate and interpret that which makes for a comfortable working environment is incredibly pertinent to making the most of your time. Not only is that true for being an inhabitant of this planet, but it creates an idea in your head of what it means to exist in a situation where you can develop healthy work habits. Instead of those nasty instances of negative energies, which can be defeated by simply being aware and responsive to your surroundings.

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So now that you have made mental notes or you’ve scribbled down on a piece of paper all the reasons why you should be defeating and overcoming your anxious and overwhelmed emotions, stymied and confused unpreparedness; and you’ve analysed just how the workplace makes you feel -- do you believe that you can make better the most of your time?

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Chill and Be Yourself

Setting yourself apart from the constant pushing and pulling of the days is necessary for proper human functioning. We seem to forget how caught up we become in our working lives, that we disproportionately sacrifice ourselves to our schedules and working hours. Balance is highly beneficial to staying centered. Maintaining that balance is crucial to being yourself.

Is there anything more important, when it comes to making the most of your time, than being yourself?

And that’s also quite critical: when you are constantly yourself, and it becomes routine and natural and sincere, you won’t have to worry and think so much. The overwhelming notions of our societal consciousness are arrested when we forget to be ourselves, and when we are letting time go to waste. Of course, time is not wasted if you are enjoying it and making the most of the passing moments. But telling yourself to chill couldn’t hurt, especially if you need to re-align your thinking.

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So it can be ascertained that making the most of your time is different for everybody. There is no one way to do it, and there is no right or wrong -- because who are any of us how to tell other people how to live, work and feel?

The point, though, is that there are ways of stopping yourself from feeling so forcefully rushed into your days. And that is a condition of humanity that is causing more illness and disease than our incomes or our country can help sway, pay or hinder.

Realise that your time is short -- but not so short that it should be wasted for no reason at all. When we take back our logical brains and hearts, with simply taking a breath and re-evaluating our daily purposes and routines, we see what it is that makes some of us so ill-hearted and recklessly lost. For that, we do not have to suffer. Not if we use our time wisely.

We just have to define for ourselves what that really means.

 

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