Time management secrets! How to boost productivity

Time Management
Photographer Grace Cassio

Do you feel strung-out and stressed? Wonder where is your time going? Wonder why you’re always frantically busy while and others seem chilled out and relaxed? Does your state of mind reflect your productivity and happiness? These are all questions I would like you to ponder.

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The truth is many of us have become modern masters of unproductivity. If any of the above sounded familiar why not try doing a Time Audit of your days to see what exactly you are up to. And after your Time Audit, try making a few changes.

Stop Saying You’re Busy

What we’re really saying to the world when we say we’re ‘busy’ is that we have no control of our priorities. Nor what we do with our time

Be Mindful Of Your Actions

If you’re prone to wasting time catch yourself before, or mid-activity, and ask yourself one simple question. Does this activity add to or subtract from my personal evolution and happiness? After the Time Audit, which can continue to be refined constantly, focus now on what makes you feel good.

We have 24 hours in each day and 168 glorious hours in each week. The average work week is supposed to be 38 hours, but let’s average it out at 50 hours a week. With eight hours sleep a night, we are left with 62 hours a week where we are not sleeping, and not working. What are we doing with that time? If we take out 15-20 minutes twice a day to meditate that still leaves 58 hours a week.

So my question to you is with those extra 58 hours in the week – are you doing things that make you happy or miserable? Stressed or relaxed? Remember, this is time outside of work. Are you carrying your work stress with you all the time?

If this sounds like you can you bring a little holiday feeling into every day? What are the little things that bring you joy? What do you love most about the weekends? Can you sneak a little weekend fun into each and every work day? The truth is we all can. Start questioning, and start actioning.

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Jacqui Lewis
Jacqui Lewis is a Vedic meditation teacher, wellness expert and the co-founder of The Broad Place. Embracing the attitude that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, Jacqui wears many hats. Since graduating as an interior architect in her early 20s, Jacqui has gone on to become a graphic designer, creative strategist, and is now an expert Vedic Meditation teacher. Jacqui experienced huge amounts of stress through her 20s. It was a decade characterised by incredible accomplishments, coupled with severe exhaustion and periods of intense anxiety. Following this period, Jacqui realised that Vedic Meditation was the one thing which had helped her to stay on top of it all. After a series of incredibly high-pressured projects that kept burning her out, Jacqui committed to understanding everything she could about meditation and its benefits, having witnessed the results of the practice so profoundly first-hand. With so many misunderstandings still surrounding meditation (think common questions such as “do I have to be vegan and wear hessian to meditate?”) Jacqui also decided to prove that meditation and a love of style can co-exist. She studied extensively for years with Vedic expert Thom Knoles. Then underwent a gruelling year long study program with Tim Brown in Sydney and finally graduated as a qualified teacher of Vedic Meditation, in Rishikesh, India. Together with her husband and business partner Arran Russell, Jacqui launched The Broad Place in 2013. The Broad Place is a multi-faceted brand based around modern wellbeing. It is at The Broad Place that Jacqui teaches courses in Vedic Meditation, tutors private students in mediation and stress management, runs intensive retreats and writes about all things wellness-related for the Journal on The Broad Place website.