The Time Diet: More Tips to Slim Down Your Day

If you’re like me, you’ve spent a lot of time waiting and commuting. Often, it can feel like an eternity (especially in the doctor’s office).

That’s why, as an experienced lady-in-waiting, I’ve come up with a few ways to cope:

  1. Schedule all doctor appointments for first thing in the morning. That cuts down the chance of your doctor (and you) getting backed up.  Or, if need be—tell them you when you check in that you have to leave to make a meeting by 11. Yup—it works.
  2. Always come prepared. I always have something I’m working on with me: An article I’m writing, research I’m doing, links I need to read, emails and texts I need to answer. This is a great time to focus on something that makes you feel productive, instead of staring at your watch.
  3. Use this time to downshift. Yes—believe it or not, waiting and commuting time can be transformed from anxiety-producing experiences to a calming rituals. Put on ear buds and listen to classical music, or carry a recording that brings you to a zen place. There’s even some distressing apps for that! (Google “apps that calm you down”)

We may not be able to control the train or our doctors’ schedules, but we can take better control of ourselves and our time, and make the best of it. Until next time: Namaste.

 

Copyright 2014 Michelle Kerrigan

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