Tag: time management

Prepare Your Mind for the Life You Imagine

by Dr Angel Adams and Dr Patricia Papciak

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

-Henry David Thoreau-

Last Spring I was delighted to watch two robins in my garden, a mother and father, who were busily planning and preparing for the birth of their offspring. They were building an elaborate nest in my garden shed in the back of one of my old cardboard storage boxes. I felt honoured that they chose my shed as their venue for starting a new family. Planning and preparing are actually two very important cognitive functions that make up a group of what we call executive functions (EF). These advanced mental tasks include strategising, organising, setting goals, and paying attention to the important details that will help us achieve those goals. This is what gets us down to business even when we’d rather just hang out and tweet in the garden or on-line for that matter. Mr and Mrs Robin were busy working at achieving their goal. Read more

Time is Precious: Are you as Busy as a Beaver?

by Dr Angel Adams, Dr Patricia Papciak

“If I try to find time it will become illusive. If I chase time it will always leave me behind.

How then will I be able to have enough time to do all the things I must do?

The answer is to stop hoping to find it somewhere in the future

and to take advantage of the present moment.”

-Ellen Beryl Adams-

We hope you never have to look back over your life someday and regret that you did not value and manage your time wisely. Each day offers an opportunity to use our time intelligently, yet the most important (though perhaps boring) tasks are avoided or stolen by the more mundane (though perhaps exciting) trivia. Pareto’s 80/20 percent principle in economics also can be applied to time. It simply means that the most trivial 20% of actions consumes 80% of our time and energy, whilst the most vital 80% receive only 20% of our time and energy. We asked twenty people what they thought took away from their quality of life and the general response was feeling stressed from simply trying to do too much and there wasn’t enough time! Our society seems to urge us to do more and more. We have to exercise, we have to shop carefully so that we eat healthy foods, we have such a variety of classes to attend that will improve us in some way; and of course all this is on top of working, caring for children, keeping the house clean, gardening, going to appointments with doctors or dentists, car maintenance and on and on and on. Read more