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7 STEPS TO RECLAIM YOUR TIME OFF

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Does “flexible working” mean “always working”? In the modern working world, we work really hard. On average, over 60 hours per week. To do more, we silently agreed to sacrifice our time off. “Burnout” is a ubiquitous buzzword, the “inbox of shame” and “productivity paralysis” describe a typical working day.

Being overly busy is often seen as a badge of honour. This challenge will unpack why “busyness” can negatively impact your productivity and creativity, and we need to relearn the art of being bored.

In case you did not know already, my new book, Reclaim your Time Off, is coming…


7 STEPS TO RECLAIM YOUR TIME OFF

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Boundaries are a great way to reclaim your time, and then we’ll help you with all the other habits and little hacks we talked about in this piece.

Boundaries can be physical, such as create finding another room to do your work or your time snacks, but they can also be mental. When it comes to creating boundaries, the first thing is achieving excellent communication.

Understand what the one thing that you can do to…


7 STEPS TO RECLAIM YOUR TIME OFF

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Meetings do not have to be draining — yet they require you to look at ways to be more efficient with them.

The simplest thing you can do to hack your meetings is to institute an agenda — something I explore in great lengths in Reclaim your Time Off.

By having a shared plan that’s available to all team members before each meeting, everyone has the opportunity to contribute to it. …


7 STEPS TO RECLAIM YOUR TIME OFF

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Here’s a shocking stat for you. Ideally, it’s best to dedicate 40% of your workday to include time for breaks.

Consider this the time you can spend recharging in between meeting, calls, email inbox replies. Read this once again, then look at your calendar for the week.

There is most likely about 10% space for breaks at the moment — seriously, that just about allows for a lunch break.

Aside from using tools to help…


7 STEPS TO RECLAIM YOUR TIME OFF

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Reclaiming your time can entail a lot of things — yet one of them should be finding ways to make the most of your time; a straightforward way to do this is to create one focus hour throughout the day.

Every day, I take my first two hours to prioritise movement, journaling and goal setting, meditation, and food. Yes, before that, I always have a coffee, something you may not be too surprised about.

Since…


7 STEPS TO RECLAIM YOUR TIME OFF

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If you are struggling to reclaim your time and set boundaries, it’s time for you to embrace rituals.

Create space in the mornings and evenings, tap into rituals, and help you step away from your laptop and your phone.

I’d like you to think about a ritual for the morning and one ritual for the evening. They can be the same, or they can be different.

A 2018 study showcasing the morning routines of over…


7 STEPS TO RECLAIM YOUR TIME OFF

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Today we are getting crafty. Values are the compass we use to understand where our time goes. The choices we make, the decisions we take are shaped by them — most time subconsciously.

This is especially important to recognise when our personal and professional values connect and clash.

In Reclaim your Time Off, I talk to great lengths about the importance of values. To gain clarity, we need focus.

All I want you to do…


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Building better habits is at the core of being able to be our most efficient selves during our day — yet each habit starts as a decision we make for a repeated number of times.

This is one of the reasons why, creating better habits and rituals can also be so damn hard, and so many of us suffer from decision fatigue — it’s estimated that the average adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day.

That is enough to take a toll on the most strong-willed of people. Yet, better habits can help us be more productive.

When…


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I have to say, I love the idea of dictation as a time hack — however, as a second language English speaker, I’m appreciative of the fact that my pronunciation sometimes can sound a bit weird.

When I tried Siri or even the Google Docs dictation, it has been frankly hit and miss, especially because I couldn’t go back to the audio file and play it back to make sure that what I reading would make sense.

Did I mean to say coffee cup? Or was it kettle?

Jokes aside, it’s extremely important to be able to have a tool…


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What if I could tell you that your subconscious brain could help you work smarter and become more efficient?

Over the past week, I had the pleasure to talk all things brain with Dr. Mike Dow. He is a New York Times bestselling author, brain-health expert, and has been called “America’s go-to therapist.”

He is trained in both psychotherapy and functional nutrition to provide his readers an integrative and holistic approach to health and happiness.

In the latest episode of the Make an Impact show, we explore ways we can reclaim our time off by using the power of our…

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