Writing a to-do list seems like a tidy little way to keep track of what you need to accomplish, but it can fall short or even derail your success. To-do lists don’t provide context about the tasks, they don’t give you a timeline, and they’re easy to ignore. What’s more, to-do list prioritizing systems can be complicated and hard to navigate.
It’s no secret that most people work more than 40 hours a week, but are those extra hours necessary? "So many people say, ‘I have to do this,’ but they might just be putting those expectations on themselves," says Maura Thomas, productivity expert, author, and founder of RegainYourTime.com. Many people make assumptions about what their boss wants without ever testing the waters to find out if it’s true.
The amount and quality of sleep you get any given night really sets the tone of the following day. When we’re well-rested, our minds and bodies just seem to work better. When we’re really tired, everything’s harder. We get cranky, can’t focus, and sometimes get sick. Skimping on sleep long term can interfere with pretty much every aspect of your health from your skin to your immune system, to your ability to maintain a healthy weight.
A well-crafted to-do list acts as a guiding light for your day. It helps you overcome feelings of being overwhelmed, and reduces anxiety around whether you’re being productive throughout the day. To-do lists come in all shapes and sizes—it’s all about what works for you as an individual. The below method is one method that might work for you; it’s up to you to decide what to implement into your own planning system.
A study of 13 countries has shown that those living in the United Kingdom are the most exhausted, with more than a third of Brits (37%) feeling that they do not get enough sleep.
Americans are the fourth worst sleepers on the list, following Ireland and Canada, with 31% feeling under-slept. France, Turkey, Indonesia, China and Spain are among the countries that are better slept, suggesting that insomnia is more common in the English-speaking nations.
Your mind races. Your palms sweat. The words don’t come out of your mouth right, if they come at all. We’ve all been there at one time or another. And some of us get it worse than others, and more frequently. Social anxiety.
Nobody wants to look stupid or be embarrassed. But since it’s not like your life is on the line, why is social fear so bad? There’s an answer…
I absolutely believe in the power of hard work. Like Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."
That's basically my mantra: I may not be as talented, or educated, or experienced as other people... but I can always try to out-work them.
But we can all work smarter, too. That's the real key to success: working harder and smarter.
When we’re faced with only 15 minutes in between meetings, or waiting in line to get coffee or lunch, our natural inclination is to either answer email, look at social media, or text someone. These are not always the most productive uses of small slivers of time, according to several experts.
They say there is plenty you can accomplish in 15 minutes, if you do three things:
- Separate your to-do list into tasks and projects, and focus on the tasks.
- Write your to-do list in a way that allows you take immediate action.
- Look at email and social media with a focus on moving forward.
An anxious mindset can change the way you view the world in profound ways. But could a simple new treatment offer a way out of the perpetual fear?
As your thoughts run uncontrollably, your heartbeat starts to race and your breathing becomes heavy. Uneasiness is followed by fear, and then without warning, panic begins to set in. Suddenly you feel overwhelmed and overstimulated. If you periodically experience these symptoms, know that you’re in good company. Actors like Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone, musicians such as The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and Taylor Swift, artists and writers like Vincent Van Gogh and Emily Dickinson, all struggled with crippling bouts of anxiety.
We are constantly told to find ways to be more active, yet with how hectic our lives have become this seems to be a part of our wellbeing that is often overlooked, avoided or completely ignored.
This can in part be linked to misconceptions about what being more active actually involves and one aspect that is rarely considered is simply finding ways to walk more.
Walking has a huge range of health benefits, many of which are completely disregarded, as it’s rarely associated as an action to take when trying to improve your health.
Research has clearly shown that when employees feel valued and appreciated by their supervisor and colleagues, good things happen. Individual team members experience positive outcomes. The workplace community and the organisation become healthier, being better able to achieve their mission and goals.
Experts warn working through lunch is ‘another form of presenteeism’
Employers have been urged to encourage proper lunch breaks after research revealed that seven in 10 Brits often spend theirs working or online. A survey of 1,700 workers by the National Charity Partnership found that 24 per cent work through their typical lunch break and a further 46 per cent spend it on the internet.