If there's one thing we all have in common, it's time. You have the same number of hours in your day as everyone else in the world.
So — why is it that some people use that time to get the results they want most, and others can barely keep up with their to-do lists?
Listen now to what Tony has to say about it:
Making more time for what really matters to you
How much free time do you have these days? Did that question just make you laugh out loud?
These days, we are pulled in so many directions and we have so many demands placed on our personal and professional lives that the idea of free time usually stays just that - an idea. But what if there was a way to bring a higher level of efficiency to our lives? What if you were able to focus on achieving your goals instead of checking on a seemingly endless list of to-do’s? How could this change the quality of your life?
Watch as Tony discusses the concept of "chunking" and how to approach tasks so you can get them done.
Schedule time to relax, and really relax
You’re an achiever – your time is driven by productivity – not wasting a minute. However, if you are driven all of the time, you will eventually burn out. It is essential to schedule daily time to recharge your batteries. Take some time each day to prime yourself, to relax, and to focus on the things you are grateful for. Your to do list will wait for you. By learning how to relax during this time, you will be refuelled and reenergised to tackle challenges and live your mission.
Watch Tony’s story about how he learned to “chill”:
Make time for family time
The best gift you can give anyone is the gift of your presence. One hour of time spent fully present with loved ones goes further than 5 hours spent with loved ones thinking about that meeting on Monday, constantly refreshing email, or worrying about your to do list. When we are fully present with our loved ones, giving them our focus and energy, it deepens the bonds of love and connection between you, creating the vibrant relationships we all long for. (According to expert Dr. Dean Ornish quality time with loved ones will improve your health too!)
So to elevate your physical health and your relationships schedule regular blocks of time with those you care about. They will love you for it and it will do you a world of good!
Watch Bernard's story:
Celebrate each of your accomplishments
It's important to reward yourself, and your team, as soon as you complete a key task or objective. Why? By rewarding yourself in the moment, your brain elicits positive emotions, leading to the realization that your efforts result in a positive reward. By doing this continuously, your brain will start to link pleasure to accomplishing the task or objective and move towards it in the future. As Tony says, "You can only build on success!"
Exercise: At the end of each day, write down your top three accomplishments, no matter how big or how small. And as soon as you achieve a key task, celebrate. Even a small reward is a great motivator – maybe it's a coffee break, a walk around the block or a mini-vacation. Rewarding yourself for victories, big and small, will make a world of difference!