Posted 10 years ago
Managing the Intangible – Time: Relax
Stop and think about it; few things are as valuable as “time”. One can achieve great success, fortune, friendship, and love but time rules all of these. We control our achievements in life. We can expand them or reduce them. We can set our sights on earning more money or connecting with others and expand our circle of those closest to us. But time, is time. We simply cannot make more of it than there is. Each of us has a finite amount of it and its value is ever-increasing. The good news is in spite of its illusiveness, time can still be managed. We can choose to see time as a controllable commodity and live our lives according to that assumption. This is one of the secrets of successful people ‑ they work at shaping those things which others think are uncontrollable. There are a number of ways to manage our time. Learning how to relax and reducing your stress levels can play a huge part in time management. RELAXATION AND STRESS REDUCTION In our goal‑oriented, hyper‑motivated, money‑making workday we often deny ourselves the much-needed periods of relaxation. Like a high‑powered sports car, we can be very impressive at high speeds but sacrifice distance, efficiency, and physical integrity in the process. Our bodies and minds are designed to work well if they are not overtaxed. Frequent periods of relaxation and stress reduction are important to the longevity of our bodies and minds. All too often the sacred coffee break is abused rather than maximized. People become focused on the process rather than the desired result of the break. A coffee or lunch break should be used as a time to relax so that you are more effective when you return to work. The relaxation you seek during a break should achieve three things:
l. It should provide distraction and get your mind off the job.
2. It should alleviate tension.
3. It should be short enough not to severely interfere with your workday but long enough to provide you with some benefits. There is no denying the importance of relaxation, despite its appearing “unproductive.”