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10 Tips to Managing Modern Life

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Being too busy can become a habit so entrenched that it leads you to postpone or cut short what matters most to you, making you a slave to a lifestyle you don’t like but can’t escape.  In part, it is the desire for control that leads people to lose it.  Modern life makes us feel as if we can be everywhere and do everything and gives us the magical tools to heighten the illusion. Dr.  Hallowell offers the following 10 principles to managing your time, attention and energy in this CrazyBusy world to help you can take back control, lead a sane life and be the person you really want to be

  1. Do what matters most to you:  Don’t spread yourself too thin – you must choose, you must prioritize. Be careful not to overcommit. Learn to say, “No thank you.”
  2. Create a positive emotional environment wherever you are: When the emotional atmosphere is less than positive, people lose flexibility, trust, enthusiasm, patience, humor, and creativity.  When you feel safe and secure, you feel welcomed and appreciated, you think better, behave better, and are better able to help others.
  3. Find your rhythm:  Get in the “zone”, follow your “flow.” When you find your rhythm, you allow your day to be taken care of by the automatic pilot in your brain, so the creative, thinking part can attend to what it is uniquely qualified to attend to.
  4. Invest your time wisely so as to get maximum return:  Try not to let time be stolen from you or let yourself fritter it away.  Attention is like money: if we don’t watch how we spend it, we waste it.
  5. Don’t waste time screen sucking (a modern addiction of looking at your iPhone, computer, any type of screen): Break the habit of having to be near your electronic devices at all times by changing your environment or structure. Schedule an amount of time you are allowed to be on the computer; plan mandatory breaks. Just “Turn It Off.”
  6. Identify and control the sources of gemmelsmerch in your environment:  Gemmelsmerch, the force that distracts a person from what he or she wants to or ought to be doing, is as pervasive and powerful as gravity.
  7. DelegateDelegate what you don’t like to do or are not good at.  Your goal should be not to be independent, but rather effectively interdependent.  You do for me and I do for you – this is what makes life possible.
  8. Slow down:  Stop and think.  Ask yourself, what’s your hurry?  Why wake up, already impatient, and rush around and try to squeeze in more things than you should? Your hurry is your enemy.
  9. Don’t multitask ineffectively (avoid frazzling):  Try giving one task your full attention.  You will do it better.
  10. Play:   Imaginatively engage with what you are doing.  This will bring out the best part of your mind, focus you on your task, and make you more effective and efficient.

Adapted from CrazyBusy Overstretched, Overbooked and About to Snap! Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD, Ballentine, NY, 2006.

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