Efficient Living

Holistic health is something that takes a balance of many aspects. We know that mental health is just as important as physical health and both of these disciplines take time to cultivate effectively. By learning to live efficiently we can save time in tedium and apply it to the more important things in life. In order to save time, let’s spend time recognizing our biggest usage of this precious resource.

Take about 9 minutes to write down in a journal what you may do in an average day skipping lines while you list them. After you have done this, estimate the time it takes to perform each task, eg. brushing your teeth, eating, commuting. Test your estimations the next day by loosely timing yourself through each activity using a tool call RescueTime.

After this exercise, look back at your list and correct any mis-estimations. Now try to find a part of your day that can be cut from the normal grind. Is there a significant amount of time that is going to something that is not making you a better person in any way? If so, cut it from your routine.

Only through axing the wastes in our day can we live a truly efficient life.

In the flow

It is safe to say that nearly everyone has experienced days where time seems to fly. You sit down at your desk and become so immersed in work that when you look up it is already time to go. These are the best kinds of days when it comes to a “work flow”. That means that you are so in depth to the present, that everything else fades away. Below are some tips that can help increase the efficiency of your life through proper “work flow”.

When you are on the go, listen to audio books to enrich your brain and keep your eyes on the road or sidewalk. Use Audible, or download podcasts to keep your brain stimulated.

Failing to Plan means Planning to Fail

Have a plan to structure your day so there is no time wasted wondering what to do next.

A tool to use for structuring your day is a to-do list by way of Wunderlist, Asana, OneNote, Evernote and Remember the Milk.

Reading essentials for life efficiency include The 4- Hour Workweek, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right and Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.

If your freetime is not filled with podcasts, reading or audiobooks, use it to check in with old friends or family members. It is always nice to hear from a familiar person and shows your thoughtfulness.

All in all, try to fill the gaps in your day with meaningful tasks or activities. It will help you live a much more efficient life!