Maximizing your time doesn’t mean simply adding more away-from-work time to your life. It also requires that you become intentional about the time you already have. Did you know? American adults spend over 3 hours of leisure time each weekday in front of a screen. How would you use the extra time you might gain from reducing your TV time? Maximize your away-from-work time to build relationships, practice a new hobby, or focus on yourself.
One strategy is to re-energize your daily activities. Follow these tips to make the most from the time you have.
Maximize Movement: Use exercise to follow an interest or build relationships.
• Ride bikes with the family. Remember helmets, please!
• Take a dance class with a partner or friend.
• Run with headphones—listen to an audiobook or podcast.
• Appreciate nature while you hike in your local park
Re-Energize Reflection: Boost your time through intentional reflection.
• At a red light: count to five and take in a long breath. Hold for a second. Then, slowly breathe out for another five counts.
• Before bed each night: reflect on the good things that happened to you that day. Write 3 things for which you are grateful on note paper.
• In the morning: Wake up fifteen minutes earlier to write, read, draw, or just breathe. Choose something to help you experience a calm, quiet moment before the day begins (and before family members wake up).
Maximize Meals: Cook easy, healthy meals that make tasty leftovers.
• Dust off your slow cooker. On Monday morning, turn on a pot of turkey, black bean, and tomato chili. Serve with whole grain corn bread for dinner. Eat the leftovers wrapped in whole grain tortillas on Tuesday.
• Stir-fry a quick weeknight meal. In a wok or skillet, mix frozen veggies with a misting of olive oil (I use a Misto Oil Sprayer), 1 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. Add tofu, canned salmon, nuts, or cooked chicken. Serve over brown rice.
• Roast a whole chicken for a weekend meal. For lunches this week, pop the leftovers between slices of whole grain bread, or on top of a green salad.
Re-Energize Rest: Create an environment for a peaceful night’s sleep.
• Adopt a bedtime routine to cue your body that it is time to sleep. Try drinking caffeine-free tea, reading a book, or listening to soothing music.
• Darken your bedroom at night. Invest in blackout curtains to keep the streetlamp from shining in your window.
• Keep your bedroom a screen-free zone. Watching television before bed stimulates your brain, and might keep you awake. And, the light from a screen could wake you up as you are dozing off.
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