How to fit more quiet time into your day
Information overload is one of the biggest challenges facing the modern worker. We are constantly bombarded with news, messages, advertising and all manner of information. The huge demands which are placed upon us and the struggle to stay organised and balance our workload can lead to a serious sense of overwhelm and stress. Neither our bodies nor our minds were designed to be constantly bombarded with demands and information all day every day. For the sake of our sanity, our energy levels and our performance, we need to get more quiet time in our day; allowing us to recover and reenergise.
Why more quiet time?
Sometimes you need to inject a little quiet time and some natural light into your routine and this can give you a lot more space to be calm and to be yourself. When you make time to be calm and be yourself; you connect with your needs and desires and, you make the best decisions about how to invest your time, money and energy.
The worst time to make a decision is when you are overcome by stress and anxiety and; stress and anxiety are natural consequences of not enjoying enough quiet time. Have you ever noticed how when you have a problem which seems insurmountable; if you get away from it for a short while, you can return to it with fresh ideas and a fresh impetus which help you to overcome the problem?
Taking some quiet time and getting away from the stresses and strains of your work will work wonders for your physical, mental and spiritual health.
Creating more quiet time
If you would like to create more quiet time to escape the pressures of work and boost your energy; here are some tips to help you do that:
1. Declutter your life
One of the best ways to find more quiet time is to remove the tasks and activities which add no value from your life. You may like to think that everything that you do is important but if your schedule is packed; the likelihood is that you are doing a number of things which qualify under one of the following heading:
- It doesn’t need to be done
- It doesn’t need to be done until some point in the future
- It may need to be done but you shouldn’t be the one to do it
Activities and tasks which fall under these headings are eating up your time while adding little or no value.
Learn to declutter your life and free up more precious time.
2. Wind down your day
You may be struggling to get to sleep because your mind is still active and racing for some time after you go to bed. With smart phones, the internet and endless television channels; it is easy to keep your mind active late into the evening. The light from these devices also mimics sunlight so, your brain still thinks it is day time.
You can find more quiet time by using the last half hour or so before bed to wind down your day. Enjoy some peaceful and restful activities which encourage your body and mind to prepare for sleep. You can even make it a routine. One obvious activity is to read a good book (preferably a real book, not kindle) and allow your mind to wander. As you get caught up in the story, you will get some real enjoyment and you will begin to get tired. This will ensure that you get a better quality sleep.
Not only do you enjoy some quiet time for that period before bed; you will also have more energy the following day, due to the improved quality of your sleep. This will help you to be more productive and free up more time which can be used as quiet time.
3. Take a walk
Going for a walk will give you time to think and to get some fresh air.
At first, you may think that you do not have time for a walk but it is something which you need to work into your routine. Even a gentle walk will allow you to clear your mind and regather your focus and energy.
4. Practice mediation
If you can find some time to mediate during the day, it will help you to destress and find peace and calm. Your mind will be cleared of your needless worries and you will be able to return to your day with a greater sense of focus. Meditation has been proven to have a wide array of physical, mental and spiritual health benefits.
If you would like to organise your life to find more quiet time while increasing your productivity; The Organised Mind will help.
When you wish to increase your productivity, it is very easy to constantly focus on spending time getting more done. The problem with that is that there is only so much energy you can have and there is only so much time for you to divide between all of the key areas of your life. The answer cannot always be to spend more time working. That is why quiet time is so important. It gives you the time to relax, recover your energy and refocus on your key priorities. All of which will lead to a more productive life.