Friday, January 11, 2013

Managing Time to Stay Mindful and Productive

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One of the aspects of my life that I need to change is my habit of doing too many things at once. So many times, I'll have my "to do" list of several things I want to accomplish for the day, and instead of concentrating on one at a time, I'll jump from one to the other and have nothing accomplished at the end of the day. For example, it's a miracle that I'm actually writing this post because I'm simultaneously keeping an eye on my email inbox, watching my Twitter stream, and running back and forth to the kitchen while making lunch. I feel like I'm just spinning my wheels sometimes and getting nowhere.

This morning I went on a search for some advice about how I could solve this problem of trying to do too much at once. I found this brief video by one of my favorite wellness authorities - Deepak Chopra. I've been a fan of Dr. Chopra since the early '90s, when I read one of his first books on health and spirituality. Honestly, though, I haven't been following his writing in the last few years, but recently I discovered his website. One of the things Dr. Chopra does on his site is respond to readers' questions with little videos like the one below.

In this video, Dr. Chopra explains the method he uses to both maximize the use of his time everyday, while staying mindful about what he's doing at any particular time. His advice is to divide the day into several, specific sections - work time, exercise time, meditation time, creative time, etc. He says to focus only on the task at hand during those times and pursue excellence for whatever it is you're doing. It sounds a lot easier than it probably is, but I'm going to try this method and and see if it helps.


How do you stay focused throughout the day and avoid distractions? Is it even possible to give up the multi-tasking mindset that's so common these days? Let me know what you think.


by Matthew Killorin

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this video. Wow, there were a lot of categories to divide your time up in to - I think we could all use a few more hours each day. :)
    Gaye

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    1. Yeah this is more challenging to do than it sounds. I'm slowly getting better at it. Thanks for the comment!

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