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Time Management

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
-Mark Twain

Have you ever wished for a few more hours in the day? Why is it that some people seem to get everything done effortlessly and others feel that time constantly eludes them? The secret to managing your time well isn’t working more hours. It is about prioritizing the important things and learning to use the time you have more efficiently and effectively. The secret is working smarter, not harder. 

Some of us, by nature, organize and get tasks out of the way before we relax, while others of us play first and work later. It is important to first recognize which type you are and whether your style is allowing you to have the life you really want. Maybe you are super-organized at work, but burned out because you don’t know how to make time for yourself. Maybe you are naturally a less organized person who knows how to relax, but you are dissatisfied because you aren’t fulfilling your goals and dreams. 

Rather than labeling yourself or beating yourself up, realize that time management is an area of your life that you can strengthen. Like a new muscle, it takes practice and repetition to make it stronger. To help you get started, here are some steps to streamline your days at work and at home. Try the first one or two that jump out: 

  •  Allocate time for planning and organizing.
  •  Create to-do lists that are realistic, not intimidating. Use only one to-do list.
  •  Under-schedule your time: Leave time for the unexpected and for interruptions. When you estimate how long something will take, add on a third of that time.
  •  Schedule your time in a way that reduces interruptions that lower your productivity.
  •  Practice the art of intelligent neglect: Eliminate trivial tasks. Prioritize what is most important and do that first.
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  • Consider your biological prime time: At what time of day do you work best? Plan to do your most important work at that time.
  •  If you say yes to everything that comes your way, learn to say no.
  •  Ask for help and delegate.
  •  In the evening make your to-do list for the next day, so it will be out of your brain and on a piece of
    paper. 
  • Leave work with a clear head and a clean desk.
  •  Acknowledge yourself daily for all that you have accomplished.

 Also take a look at the two biggest hindrances to using time effectively: procrastinating and lacking purpose. We usually procrastinate when a task seems too daunting, too large or too complex, or when we feel we won’t be able to handle it. When you get that “deer in the headlights” feeling, try “chunking”: break the large task into smaller, manageable action steps and start with the first one. We also often drag our heels or use our time inefficiently because we are bored, unengaged and uninspired. The most effective people will tell you that they love what they do and are aligned with a greater purpose. When it comes to managing your time, you may need to ask the larger questions, “Am I doing what I love to do? Am I doing something meaningful to me?”

As you strengthen your new time management muscle, keep your focus on getting organized so that you can live the life you came here for. Instead of being a chore, good time management can be your ticket to more fun, greater satisfaction and a vibrant, exciting life. 

Challenge of the Week: what time management skills are you going to use starting this week? 

Don’t forget to report to the group how it’s going! 

Home Remedy for Welder’s Arc (Eye Sunburn)

My husband came home the other day and needed help for his eyes due to welding without a welders helmet even though he wasn’t looking directly at the item he was welding. His eyes hurt and things were a little hazy but not bad. That night he woke up and couldn’t sleep because his eyes were in so much pain. So at 3:30 in the morning I began my search for home remedies for Welder’s Arc/Flash. I found a couple remedies other than the typical numbing eye drops and antibiotic ointments that the doctor’s will give to you. The two remedies are:

 Tea Bags: Brew a cup of tea as if you were going to drink it. 

 (For those that don’t drink tea you heat the water up to boiling or near boiling.  Put the tea bags in the cup of hot water and let it brew for about 5 minutes. )

Pull the tea bags out and squeeze them out so that they are not dripping wet. I try to get the tea evenly distributed in the tea bag so it will cover the eyes evenly.

Wait for the tea bags to come to skin temperature or cooler; they cool off rather quickly.

Place the tea bags on the eyes (closed) and leave them there until the burning stops. In my husbands case his eyes started to feel better within a couple minutes. I have no idea how long he kept them on for becuase we both fell asleep and he took them off sometime later when he awoke with pain free eyes!

Do this as many times as needed for the eyes to heal and feel better.
The next morning his eyes were not mattery, crusty or painful at all! His eyes were still a little hazy throughout the day so he placed two more tea bags, one on each eye, the next night as well. His eyes have been doing well ever since, no infection, soreness, itching or haziness.

Also if you like tea save the brewed tea, that is double strength, add hot water to it and drink it! That’s what I did and it tasted great!

Here is a picture of the type of tea that we used. I’m assuming any unflavored plain black or green tea will do the trick. I believe it works due to the antioxidants and anti inflammatories that are naturally in tea. Which is another reason why drinking tea is so wonderful for our bodies!

The tea we used that worked great!

 The other remedy that I have read about but have not been able to try, and hope we don’t have too, is potatoes. You can place thin slices of potatoes on each eye and repeat every five minutes until the pain subsides.

If anyone in your family or workplace welds make sure to keep some tea and/or potatoes on hand for a natural home remedy that works and is a whole lot less expensive than going to the doctor.  

Welcome!

I am excited to start this blog! I will be sharing “normal” daily activities that I do in my life to help encourage you to lead a healthier life.  I plan on blogging weekly to start out. I hope that this blog and my story as it unfolds will help you in your life and/or maybe to encourage others to lead a healthier life in fitness, mind and spiritual life.

I have always had a hard time starting anything, whether it be getting up early, working out, gardening etc.  The act of starting something has and still is the hardest part for me.  I am now aware that no matter what I’m working on or want to do I have a hard time starting.  Now that I am aware of that I have been actively repeating to myself just start, just start you will love it!  The truth is once I start I do love it!

Why is is so hard to start something? I am still working on that answer but I think a portion of it is due to fear. Fear of rejection, fear of not being perfect, fear of some environmental factor.  In reality I have to overcome my fears and rejoice when I do. To help me rejoice and count my blessings I have started a  Blessings Journal. This has helped me have a much happier outlook on life and change my mindset! 🙂

I’ve started using positive affirmations to encourage me to start. Through thinking more positively I have been more apt to start. To close I would like to suggest two books.

  1. Start by Jon Acuff
  2. Eat that FROG! by Brian Tracy

My Challenge for you is to start your own Blessings Journal.  Post a picture of your journal on my Facebook Group or comment below and together we will encourage others.

I would also like to challenge you to pick one thing that you’ve been procrastinating and just start! Post that to my Facebook Group or comment below with the name of the thing you’ve been wanting to start and the date (m,d,y) you are starting.  I’ll start by posting here.

Start: Blogging
When: September 15, 2017

Blessings,
Joy

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