We have no time…

 

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‘WHAT is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?’

Hi, there.

Whichever way you look at it, there never seems to be enough hours in the day. One of my favourite poems called  Leisure by W H Davies, sums up 21st-century living. We don’t have time to enjoy the simple things in life. We sometimes fail to notice life around us.

Stand and stare

Well, I can’t add more hours to your day, and if we’re honest, some of us start counting down our days until Friday. So,

Do we really want to count our hours, or do we want our hours to count?

Okay. I am not going to get on a soapbox to try to convince you that you’re living all wrong, I’m just going to throw some ideas out there, and you can decide what to take and what to discard.

I don’t need to tell you that our time should be a balance between work and enjoyable stuff. Of course, this is easier said than done when you work for yourself and you do everything yourself.

Since we can’t increase the time we have, we need to use time management skills.

So, What is Time Management?  According to Mind Tools, it is….

‘Working Smarter to Enhance Productivity.’

What does this mean in practical terms?

In How to Manage Time With 10 Tips That Work, Entrepreneur.com gives some practical techniques which should help.

More useful tips come from Life Hack, with 20 Quick Tips For Better Time Management.

Managing time effectively is not just about work, it all starts from home. The following feature, Home Organization and Time Management Tips from Huffington Post refer to ‘moms,’ but we can all take something away from the systems that have been put in place and business advice given by the guest speaker on the video.

Once we implement all the tips and techniques for saving ourselves some valuable time, what should we do with that time?

Well, I don’t think that this should be spent on work.

Hang out with family or friends more.

Take up an old hobby.

Find a new interest and develop it.

Take long walks and explore open spaces.

Eat better and exercise.

Rest and relax.

Trees in the woods

I hope that soon, we’ll all be able to

‘..stand beneath the boughs, And stare as long as sheep and cows..’

Take care.

Tricia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mind Matters?

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This week I thought I would mention a subject which I feel relates to these blogs Grey Matters Part One and Grey Matters Part Two, which were written a year ago.

In the series, I wrote about the human brain not the biological Grey matter, but why it is important to keep your mind active by reading and listening to quality material. Hint –  Reading really interesting blogs help.

What do you think?  Does it matter what you feed your mind, as long as it doesn’t starve?

Okay, so, first of all, let me start with the benefits of reading. A Mail Online article asks Can a good book help beat depression? in which Eleanor Harding quotes Debbie Hicks, the director of research at the Reading Agency, who says:

‘Reading is a really good stress-buster. It can help you escape to another world and get you out of your everyday life.’

Another article which quotes the Reading Agency is from the Independent which states that Reading improves relationships and reduces depression symptoms.

Now, let’s move on to music. In another Independent article How music could help you concentrate while studying. The studies are not really very conclusive so, Max Baker sums  up the piece with:

‘…what a student can take from research is that using music to create an environment yourself is conducive towards the task that you wish to complete.’

Any other benefits? Kendall Deflin of Live fo Live Music think so and gives  10 Positive benefits of listening to music according to science.

I still think that quality matters in reading material when you are trying to improve your grammar and general English language skills. However, as the articles highlight, the music you choose determines the outcome you would like. So as always, don’t take my word for it, do your own research. You are the best person to decide what works best for you.

Take care,

Patricia

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Work, life where is the balance? Part Three

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Hi there.

If you find yourself thinking about work-life balance, then chances are you don’t have work-life balance. So what is the solution? Well, how long is a piece of string? There is not one solution because we are all different.

This week I thought I would re-visit this important area as last year I wrote about work-life balance in two  articles:

https://wordpress.com/post/pmnoblewrites.wordpress.com/142  Part One

and

https://wordpress.com/post/pmnoblewrites.wordpress.com/149 Part Two.

I tried to make simple suggestions to redress the balance, yet twelve months on, we as a nation still struggle with this issue.

If you don’t believe me, have a look at this article  Work Life Balance  by businessculture.org which seems to be aimed at those who wish to live and work in the UK. It still makes interesting reading. See, – http://businessculture.org/northern-europe/uk-business-culture/ukwork-life-balance/. 

You may not have time to read this or any other articles on this subject for that matter. However, I hope that you spare a few moments to stop and reassess where you are and make some changes.

The Mental Health Foundation lays out some helpful ways to recognise and combat stress-related concerns.  See, https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/w/work-life-balance.

If you want some further reading ,the Government has published  its findings in the fourth of its research projects into work-life balance. See, https://goo.gl/pKnR62.

This has been a brief look at a subject matter which deserves more time, so will be re-visited in the future.

Thanks for reading.

Take care

Tricia