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We all know the score; life is busy, far too busy for most of us to cope with! It’s not just the fact that we’re overloading ourselves with information on a constant basis, but we’re also piling the pressure on us to do more and in a short space of time. We are working more, we are doing more, and in essence, we are being more. But, the thing that seems to be the overriding goal of this, we never have enough of anyway: money is always fleeting, and whether we are constantly operating on a budget, or we feel that we have to work all the hours under the sun to maintain a certain level of existence, surely we can make life a bit easier for us by getting some essential purchases and using all money for the right things. So what are these things?
Life Admin Support
If the mundane tasks of our existence seem to be the reason we’re not enjoying life as much, then why don’t we take the business approach, and “outsource” it? If you don’t have time to clean the house, you can get in contact with a maid agency to have someone come out and do these little tasks that add up to a lot. The same goes for the number crunching. We might be loath to hire an accountant to cook the books for us, but in spending that bit of money for their services upfront, we may find ourselves saving a lot of money over time anyway. It’s a worthy investment! And the same goes with cooking: if you have the money to purchase those meal kits where everything has been measured and weighed for you, this reduces the inevitable decision fatigue.
The Right Tools
If we feel we haven’t got time to do anything, then we have to embody and more time conscious mindset. There are things like the Pareto principle, more commonly known as the 80/20 rule, and other methods to cut down on excessive working. The Pomodoro method is one very popular approach and luckily, it’s just about getting into the swing of things. But when you are doing your utmost to become more conscious with your productivity, it might be all about that thing you are holding in your hand right now. Your smartphone can be a power for good, but it can also sway your attention by diverting you away from the work you need to do that day and instead, you are pursuing that dopamine hit, rather than getting on with the tasks that are in the present. We all do it, procrastination becomes part of our lives when we’ve got someone’s message to respond to, emails to check, and so on. Instead, it’s worth investing in a few apps that can shut down your social media intake, giving you the opportunity to do what really matters. Because if we look at it from the perspective of someone who checks their social media accounts constantly, which, as reports of suggested, at least 150 times a day, these couple of minutes here and there soon add up! Say, on average we spend approximately 60 seconds checking our social media feed, that means 150 minutes a day is spent on idly scrolling through your Twitter feed! Now doesn’t it make sense to get the right tools to make you focus on what really matters?
The Healthy Purchases
And it’s not just about being savvy with our time, what we need to ensure, to have a more productive, but also healthy existence, is figure out our kryptonite, in terms of the bad habits we have sustained throughout our lives. We all know that checking social media on a constant basis isn’t benefiting anyone, but if we do it to escape the drudgery of our existence, just for a few seconds, then we believe it to be worth it. But now, there are some things we can implement into our daily lives that can make us slow down, and actually see, first hand, how wired for stress we are. Heart Rate Variability is one of those sciences that have been transformed into an app, or little machine, that measures the space between your heart beats, and shows up on a display if you are stressed or anxious. From there, we can work on improving our ability to remain calm, by simple breathing, and when the green light shows on these Heart Rate Variability machines, we can begin to build an overall picture of our kryptonite. And for those people that don’t go for these hippy practices, a meditation machine may seem like a wasted purchase. But these machines have been around for some time, and have helped so many people achieve a sense of calm in a busy existence. A meditation machine contains special glasses and headphones that play binaural beats putting you into a meditative state of mind. People have found that they sleep better, and their anxieties shrink considerably. And all you need to do is lie down and relax!
As we can feel the modern life is about working hard and earning very minimal money on occasion, we may as well use what little money we have to make the most important purchases for us. A lot of us look to the right products and food, but if we can take a moment to step back and assess the situation we are in, and then find the right methods to make life less stressful, whether it is a cleaner, an accountant, or a meditation machine, these things will all add up to a more productive existence. We still believe that we’ve got to work hard in order to achieve the things that we want. In actual fact, it’s about working smart. When we’re prone to decision fatigue and we’ve got our capacities stretched to breaking point, we’ve got to be smarter in what we do in work, in life, and in everything. It’s time to focus back on to ourselves and really look at what’s going to improve our busy lives for the better.