I heard Dr. Mehmet Oz the other day suggest three easy changes to your morning routine that can make a big difference in your day.
- Start each day with stretching. Dr. Oz says he begins his morning with 7 minutes of yoga.
- Eat breakfast.
- Get to work, appointments, classes, etc., 5 minutes early.
The first two I don’t have a problem accomplishing. But the third point? Well, it addresses time management, one of my great life challenges and no coincidence 🙂 one of new year resolutions.
It is very difficult for me to get a handle on time. I suffer from two critical flaws — I over schedule my day and I underestimate the time it takes to do any given task. If it takes 15 minutes with no traffic to get to the doctor’s office and I have an appointment at 2:00, I will leave at 1:45. I allow for no contingencies. And heaven forbid, I actually get somewhere EARLY.
Dr. Oz says that being late will stress you out and cause high blood pressure. It also shows — and this is important for me to remember — disrespect to those that are waiting for you. When you keep someone waiting you are in essence saying, “My time is more important than yours.” He pointed out that a late arrival puts you at a deficit when you come into a meeting. You may have missed information and the other person has an advantage.
I took a yoga teacher training with the esteemed Judith Lasater who is a stickler about time. As those of you who have taught workshops and classes know (yoga or otherwise), it can be difficult to get a large group of people assembled and quieted. Not for Judith. She rings the bell and starts (with a moment of silence) whether people are settled in or not. You learn quickly not to be late, and if you are, she’s starting anyway. She also is just as conscientious about ending on time. Judith says, “We start class on time to honor the practice. We end class on time to honor our students. Be it yoga class, PTA meetings, business appointments or lunch dates with friends, Judith’s words apply.
One more thought from one of my favorite authors which deserves a separate post in and of itself …
Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. ~M. Scott Peck
THAT takes some digesting!
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In addition to the 3 tips listed above, Dr. Oz spells out several other changes that can positively impact your daily life including: avoid mindless eating, get off the couch,stay connected to family and friends, and have a regular bedtime. Read more in The Seven Deadly Sins According to Dr Oz: What to Do to Replace Them.