Well and HappyTime Management

Learning to manage time effectively is one of the hallmarks of a happy and productive life.  After all, time is what life consists of - so learning to use time to fulfill our most heartfelt purposes is a powerful ingredient for joy and fulfillment in life. 

Sometimes, if we our not careful, our time can get "managed" for us by our employer, our children, or even our media devices.  While we need to be responsive and mindful of the needs of those around us, we also need to remain in control of our own time - deciding what to give this precious commodity to, in what increments, to what people or situations.  We can learn to manage our time in ways that are balanced, fulfilling, and rewarding. Here's some ideas on how to do that. 

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 Busy Female WorkerWe live in a busy world, getting busier all the time.  Both men and women, teens and children seem to be constantly occupied with a bombardment of pressures, scheduled events, entertainments, and distractions. Our work hours seem to get longer and longer, crowding out other activities and enjoyments.   Then after work, we may often compensate for the pressures of work by coming home to hours of screen time - whether that be TV, Facebook, internet browsing, video gaming, or Netflix.   We keep our smart phones with us constantly, creating a ever-present connection with the outside world through messaging, texts, emails and phone calls.   We seem pulled in a thousand directions, without a break.   We may compensate by trying to multi-task; but sometimes that leaves us even more overwhelmed and unproductive than before. 

What impact can this frantic lifestyle have on our marriages and relationships with our children and other family members?  Plenty.  Time is one of the fundamental languages of love, and is a key element in all the others.   If time is in short supply in a close relationship, love will soon feel like an accompanying casualty.   Like an unwatered plant, even the best relationship can wither, become weak and sickly, or even die from a lack of consistent care.  

How can we turn around this destructive trend, and find the time to preserve, protect, and nourish our most important relationships?  Here's 3 key suggestions to help:

 

            These are our favorite books on time management and increasing productivity

  1. Lifebalance, by Linda and Richard Eyre Flourish, by Martin Seligman
  2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
  3. Your Happiness Toolkit: 16 Strategies for Overcoming Depression, and Building a Joyful, Fulfilling Life, by Carrie M. Wrigley
  4. The Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance, by Tony Schwartz
  5. The Power of When: Discover Your Chronotype--and the Best Time to Eat Lunch, Ask for a Raise, Have Sex, Write a Novel, Take Your Meds, and More, by Michael Breus, Phd
  6. The Circadian Code: Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy, and Transform Your Health from Morning to Midnight. by Satchin Panda, PhD 

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