The Art of Timefulness

by GEM Magazine / Jul 18, 2015 / Comments

We each have 86,400 seconds in a day. Have you noticed though how some people seem to get more done with it than others?

If you want something done, they say to give it to a busy person. Do you wonder if those super-productive people have some sort of time machine?

Here’s three simple ways you can get more done with the seconds you are blessed with each day.

1. It’s Mad Not to Meditate

Before I started meditating about 10 years ago, I thought it was both a waste of time and that there was no way I could make my over-active mind go quiet. Nowadays, if I miss my morning meditation, I actually have a worse day.

It might sound counter-intuitive but by taking 10-20 minutes of ‘me time’ each day, you claw it back in bucket loads throughout the day. You become less stressed and notice serendipities. So one chance encounter can save you hours in searching for just the ‘right thing’. It’s also reckoned the health benefits alone make it worthwhile and that each minute you spend in meditation gets added to your potential longevity.

Meditation too is not about sitting in a dark room in the lotus position chanting “Om”. A walk in nature or a park is a great tonic too. Be sure to look up though as this takes the mind out of its internal chatter

2. Breathe Like a Baby

The life expectancy of a giant tortoise is around 120 to 140 years and an elephant lives for around 80 to 90 years. While our own life expectancy is increasing, in the Western world at least, go back 150 years and it was between 50 and 60 years. Now here’s the thing. A tortoise breathes around 4 times every minute. An elephant breathes around 8 times every minute and we breathe around 12 to 15 times every minute.

So one simple way to change our relationship with time is to breathe more slowly. To begin we need to use our diaphragm and to do belly breaths. This of course is how a baby breathes.

We’ve just got out of the habit.

Now you don’t have to do it all the time but just doing 7 to 9 deep and slow breaths at the start of the day is enough to slow things down. You can also do it before any creative task or if you have been stressed. It works especially well if you are running late for a meeting. By breathing more slowly, we ‘expand’ time.

What’s even more magical is that this technique works in groups too or when working one to one with clients. This technique costs nothing to try and it’s even possible that we can lose weight this way while also increasing our life expectancy

3. One Thought at A Time

The normal human mind can only have one thought at a time. So just be aware of what you are thinking about right now and the thing you are thinking about gets replaced with the thought you are having about that thought.

Just pause for a moment, read the above sentence again and check the validity of this notion.

Armed with this knowledge about the way we think, this gives us the most amazing insight when it comes to our time management. If we are focused on anything else other than the task in hand, time will slip away from us.

Accordingly, these are the three main bandits time:

• Fretting over the past
• Worrying about the future
• Thinking about something else other than what you are working on

So the key to making the most of our time is to ‘get in the zone’ and focus solely on what you are doing right now. When thoughts other than the ones we want to think arrive, a simple way to make them go away is to ask them about their purpose.

If you practice these simple techniques for just one week, you will magically discover more hours in the day, combat procrastination and experience less stress.

By Tom Evans.

Tom is an author, creativity consultant and timefulness coach. He hosts a popular podcast called The Zone Show which is all about tapping into your creative flow. He is also the creator of the world’s first time management programme based on mindfulness called Living Timefully.

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