- Why David
- Health & Wellness
What’s the secret to getting as much done as possible?
For many of us, the answer seems like it should have to do with time management. If only you could squeeze a little more time out of your day, then you could probably find more space in your schedule to do all those other exciting things you want to do.
The most extreme example of this is something called ‘polyphasic sleeping’. Here, people who want to absolutely optimize the amount they can get done will actually stop sleeping for 8 hours a night. Instead, they aim to sleep for under an hour a time throughout the day. In doing so, they are then able to spend less total time sleeping and get more time to themselves during the evening. The only problem? They’re exhausted.
And this really is the problem with most attempts at time management.
If you’re trying to cut back and simplify your life, then you really need to understand the impact that your activities have on your brain and how this alters the very chemical balance of your grey matter.
Once you recognize this, you can then start to be more aware of what you’re doing to your mind and of how you can make sure you’re getting the rest and recovery that you need.
Focus, Alert and Stress
Whenever you’re working, whenever you’re being productive and even when you’re playing games or watching TV, your brain is in a state of focus and alert. What this means, is that it’s wired and fixed on what’s going on because it thinks it must be important and must require your focus.
The vast majority of us walk around in a state that can be described as ‘wired but tired’. That is to say that we’re constantly alert, jittery and focussed. We’ve spent all day focussed on work, on a screen or one some other kind of technology and we find it very hard to switch off.
At the same time though, we’re also burned out from this experience and find it very difficult to switch off and relax. It’s like you’re a zombie being kept alive on pure caffeine and technology – unable to sleep.
But the problem is that we don’t seem to recognize this. Or at least we don’t recognize the nature of the problem or how to fix it. And as such, we end up making matters worse for ourselves.
For example: if you’ve spent all day working at the computer and you can’t switch off as a result, the last thing you want to do is to then come home and watch another screen. That’s right: I’m talking about the TV and it’s time you cut back!
If you’re trying to live a calmer, less cluttered and less stressful lifestyle, then going for walks is a fantastic way to achieve this.
Walking has a vast number of benefits for your body and your mind which we will look at here. What’s more, is that it’s something anyone can do and that anyone can fit into their routine. Read on to find out more.
From Richard Franklin to Winston Churchill, many of history’s greatest achievers have kept a journal or diary at some point in their lives.
Now of course, I’m not saying that journaling is what made these great figures what they were. Nor am I saying that journaling alone will be enough to make you ‘great’. But what I am saying is that they can’t all be wrong. And actually, there are a ton of very valuable benefits to journaling that make it worth your consideration. Here are just some of them…
If you want to be happier, more successful or more productive, then it’s absolutely essential that you start to prioritize and decide what you really want out of life and what’s worth chasing after.
That is to say, that you can’t have everything. Or as one old proverb puts it: you can’t chase after two rabbits at once.
This is something that many of us refuse to accept though and the result is that we end up burned out, tired and stressed. What’s worse even is that we end up not getting any of the things that we want.
Consider how you reacted the last time that someone told you they were going to start working out and building muscle. Did you feel happy for them? Or perhaps, did your eyes roll? Did you question whether it was likely to happen?
You might love your clothes and that’s great. But guess what? They’re quite probably causing you a lot of stress as well.
While it’s a great feeling to have lots of things to wear, the downsides are actually quite serious. For starters, you now have a lot more decisions to make when it comes to deciding what you’re going to wear in the morning. We have a limited capacity to make decisions and the more decisions we make, the worse we become at making them.
In many ways, the state of your home is a reflection of the state of your mind. What’s more is that this correlation can work the other way around too – so that the state of your mind ends up mirroring the state of your home.
How does this work? Well, when we’re very busy and rushed, we often find that we don’t have time to keep our home tidy and in order. As a result, it ends up looking a mess and we struggle to find things in the morning.
On the other hand though, when we’re on top of things we find that we are able to organize our belongings in a logical manner and stay on top of where everything is.
So with that in mind, one of the very best ways to go about improving your calm and focus is to start by getting your home organized. And one of the best ways to do that is to throw out unnecessary clutter.
Meditation is something that all of us can benefit from. And in today’s hectic and busy world, there has never been a more important time for us to give it a go. Unfortunately though, a lot of people don’t really understand what meditation is or how to use it. And many people even find themselves with some kind of prejudice against meditation – assuming that it’s only for people who want to ‘achieve enlightenment’ or that it’s a purely spiritual or religious practice.
What is Meditation?
In fact though, meditation doesn’t have to be about either of those things. Instead, meditation is primarily just the practice of focussing your mind and paying attention. Think of it like weight lifting but for your brain.