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Time is a one way resource

30 Jan 2016   Shanti Gowans
 
Are you truly aware about how and where you spend your time? This will give you a clue as to how you are spending your life.
 
Time is a one way resource, you can't live your time that had passed.
 
Everyone has got the same 24 hours a day to spend on work, rest and play… 24 hours to apportion and spend on things worthwhile, such as, creating your life's work, and/or doing something productive, impactful and life changing.
 
Many people may not notice this, but how we spend our time plays a large part on our success. To get up, get going and get started on making every moment your best, here are some suggestions:
 
• Audit how you spend your hours on a daily basis
 
Start by finding out where your daily hours go by charting out a time sheet and filling in the hours where you are required to work, your down times, meal times and so on. This is a visual exercise to get you to identify pockets of time and your life!
 
• Eliminate gaming apps and other such distractions on your phone/ipad/computer.
 
Do you play games on your phone? In 2015, the gaming industry was predicted to hit $91.5 billion in profits. Game developers are skilled in their game design to keep your adrenaline high and the result is you get hooked on the game. The more time you spend on the game, the more you are captive audience for their advertisers to market more of alternative gaming products to steal your time and your life.
 
Do yourself a favour. Delete those gaming apps and gain back the control you have over your time. You may also save on your energy bills too (from constantly having to recharge your phone).
 
• Limit TV and social media time.
 
In a simple Google search, adults spend 5.5 hours watching TV or video content daily. Assuming you have 16 waking hours, that's 34% of your time! All these time are dead space which could be better used in family time, engaging meaningful conversation, exercising or even cooking! So there can be no more excuses for not looking after your health better now!
 
• Make use of your commuting time.
 
Commuting time (in public transport) can be utilised to catch up on reading (if you're not catching up on sleep that is). Instead of just staring out of the window or people watching, how about investing that amount of time in reading something that adds value to your life?  If you drive, how about checking out audio progrms and books that will be beneficial and enriching? This can be a great productivity tool for busy people! Some people like to listen to self help or motivational talks while driving. You're even able to listen to them while doing your daily chores about the house or when you're getting ready for the day, in the morning!
 
Try these and see what changes they can do for you. Be sure to let me know how that goes!

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Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.

Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television... Read more about Shantiji's biography


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