“The following recommendations are not going to add more hours to your day
but they may alter how you think about and value time.” — Dr. Samantha Boardman

Quality Time
Consider your goals and values and evaluate whether you are spending your time accordingly. People say they wish they could spend more time with their family but end up on their smartphones whenever they’re with them. Quality face time is golden and a vital element of well-being.

Build De-Stressing Moments Into Your Day
Why wait for weekends and vacations to recharge? In fact, contrary to what most people think, working through lunch isn’t the most effective strategy. A growing body of research suggests that naps and taking breaks throughout the day will make you more productive.

Minimize “Empty Calories”
In the name of staying connected we allow email, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to capture our attention but at what cost? Those empty calories gobble up our precious time.

Sleep Some More
When we are sleep deprived, we accomplish less. If you really want to get more done and have more quality time, sleep more.

Exercise Early
According to author and scientist Tom Rath, exercise provides a boost in energy and mood — two vital ingredients of quality time.

All Hours Are Not Created Equal
Face time isn’t everything. As Faisal Hoque writes: “Orienting our work lives around the hours we put in is a way of avoiding the responsibility of using our consciousness and our energy in the best possible way.” In other words, don’t privilege hours over results.

Say “No” But Thanks For Thinking Of Me
Guard your time wisely. Say no to things that don’t align with your values or interests or that you know will bring more stress than reward.

Stop Chasing Your Tail
Studies show the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness and mediation. It’s about turning off autopilot and being in the moment.

 

For more tips from Dr. Samantha Boardman on rethinking time management, click here.

Samantha Boardman MD
Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry and Public Health
Assistant Attending Psychiatrist
Weill Cornell Medical College

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