How can you get an extra hour from each day? This is a basic challenge for all of us. I've discussed this challenge with action and results-oriented people I know. Together, we've come up with many practical ways to secure one more precious hour from each day. (Remember that each of these tips is probably adaptable to your particular situation.) Here they are. I hope you'll find them helpful an useful to you...
Make up and follow a detailed, daily schedule.
Get up earlier.
Do less passive reading, TV watching and the like.
Avoid allowing others to waste your time.
If you commute to work, use the time to study or plan.
Organize your work; do it systematically.
Make creative use of lunchtime.
Delegate authority if possible.
Spend less time on unimportant phone calls.
Think first; then do the job.
Do instead of dream.
Work hardest when you're mentally most alert.
Eliminate activities which make little contribution to the best results for your life.
Always do the toughest jobs first.
Before each major act, ask: Is this REALLY necessary?
Choose interesting and constructive literature for spare-moment reading.
Learn how to sleep. Sleep soundly, then work refreshed.
Write notes or letters while waiting for others.
Always carry an envelope with paper in it, stamps and a few postcards.
Combine tasks which are done in the same area.
Be prompt for all appointments.
Lay out your clothes the night before.
Relax. Ready yourself for the important jobs in life.
Concentrate on the specific task you're doing.
Make constructive use of those five- or ten-minute waiting periods. Carry with you magazine article clippings on helpful subjects.
Always carry a pencil and paper to capture important-to-you ideas.
Learn to do other "unnecessary things" while watching TV or listening to the radio.
Call on specialists to accomplish work you cannot do efficiently.
Learn to read more rapidly.
Nap an hour after dinner. Then take a shower. Begin the evening hours relaxed and refreshed.
Avoid making a "production" out of small tasks.
Tackle only one job at a time.
Search out job short-cuts.
Know your limitations.
Work to your top capacity.
Here are some tested ways to make your days fuller and happier.
Mend a quarrel
Search out a forgotten friend
Write an overdue letter
Share some treasure
Give a soft answer
Keep a promise
Find the time
Forego a grudge
Forgive an enemy
Apologize if wrong
Think first of someone else
Laugh a little more
Express your thanks
Worship your God
Gladden a child's heart
Enjoy earth's beauty
Speak your love for mankind
And here's another tip for peace-of-mind living - Tomorrow, say this short prayer as you start your day: "Lord, please help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that you and I together cannot handle."
Take a look at yourself - inside and out. Where do you live, what job do you have, how do you relate to your friends and family? What interests do you pursue, what adventures do you have?
You're reading the words of a person who has been through more catastrophes in her lifetime than most people experience in 5!
FIRST, be prepared to know yourself better. A serious appraisal of your life is essential to getting what you want. If you need to get to Pittsburgh by Friday, you've got to know where you're starting from.
If you have a nervous habit you'd like to break, don't pull your hair out. You can put an end to fingernail-biting or hair-twisting in a matter of several days - and you can do it on your own.
If you really want to do something you will always find a way. But if you don't want to do it, you will find excuses.
Last week I was fixing a computer system for a client of mine at their office. They worked for a secure company and depended on a regular salary on a bi-weekly basis.
Please read the entire program before doing suggested meditations, in order to enable you to have a better understanding of the information.