If there's one thing many of us have learned from the Covid-19 quarantine and social distancing, it's that having more space on our calendars for relationships, creativity, and rest has been a blessing. Maybe we didn't realize the toxic effects of constant commitments, appointments, and giant to-do lists, but in hindsight they are easy to see. We have an opportunity to make different choices going forward.
Part 5 - Unbusy
67. Learn to say no.
This can be a challenge, but you'll be happier if you have enough time and energy for what really matters to you. If your heart doesn't say "Hell yes!" then just say no.
68. Create white space.
Don't cram your calendar – limit your commitments. Let go of what has become a burden, and make space for serenity and serendipity.
You don't have to do everything yourself. Get employees to help with projects, and your spouse and kids to help with chores.
70. Slow down.
Our society has become very pushy and impatient. Buck the trend. With a more open schedule, you don't have to rush and be rude. Don't increase productivity so you can do more; practice being calm and collected instead.
71. Fix little problems before they become big ones.
A little effort now can save a lot of trouble later.
It's more efficient to pay your bills, answer you emails, or complete the next step in any project in one sitting than in bits and pieces. Close your browser, turn off notifications, and figuratively shut your door so you can focus on the task at hand.
73. Consolidate your errands.
Plan your visits to the post office, library, drug store, grocery store, etc. so you can take care of it all in one trip. Designate one or two days a week as errand and appointment days to avoid multiple (and wasteful) journeys.
74. Optimize rest.
Sleep is not the enemy of productivity; it is not what you do when there's nothing good on TV. It's as necessary to life as food, water, and exercise. Sleep is when the body repairs itself and makes long-term memories, and adults need seven to nine hours per night (kids need more).
75. Try an earlier bedtime.
Turn off your devices and go to bed so you can wake up 30 to 60 minutes sooner than you do now. Treat yourself to leisurely mornings.
"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished."
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