First off, let’s start by explaining that article title. By doing nothing, we do not mean slacking off at work. Not in the least. Your interval of doing nothing starts when your responsibilities are finished for the day. All of us get so wound up by being on a nonstop treadmill during most workdays, it can be tough to come home and unwind because we are often heading right into another series of responsibilities.
However, it is imperative that you get that downtime in order to rest and recharge your batteries. It is common for many workers these days to experience information overload. You know what we mean: emails, phone calls, meetings, instant messages…the list goes on and on and so do the demands made of your attention. That can lead to fatigue, errors, and even eventual burnout.
Staying on top of things at work (or, at least, looking like you are) has become extremely important to some people. But the truth is that instead of always doing more, sometimes you really should be doing less. That time you use to regroup, contemplate, and slow down can be very beneficial for your creative processes. That way, you can think more clearly and fully tap into any inspiration that comes your way.
Not having someone constantly vying for you attention can allow your thoughts to wander in interesting ways. Free association might be seen by some as a waste of time, but it can actually open a doorway into a new avenue of thought that leads to exciting possibilities you would not have considered otherwise.
So even using the term “doing nothing” can be relative. What if your “nothing” leads to a new chapter in your life? We would call that an investment of time in your future and that is certainly a good thing, yes?
It seems like there are never enough days in the week, let alone hours in the day. Between work, children, and related responsibilities, a day can be over before you know it. You may have gotten everything done, but now there is no time left for you to concentrate on what you really enjoy.
Here are four ideas that can help to save a few hours each week which you can then devote towards things you would rather be doing:
COOK AND FREEZE
Depending on what you’re cooking, it does not take all that much additional time to make more than you would regularly need. Doing this will allow you to put some in the freezer for later use, thus saving you having to cook from scratch every day of the week.
Hate cleaning? Most people do. You can save yourself time here through the simple task of putting things away after you are done with them. Don’t throw them on the floor, leave them on the counter, or fail to toss them in the garbage. You’ll just have to do this later…and for many objects at once.
Always remember to have a shopping list with you so that you don’t waste time wandering around the store trying to remember what you need. Also, it helps to go to a big box store where you can buy several types of things at once, rather than going to separate retailers for each thing.
PUT THAT PHONE DOWN
You would probably be aghast if you knew how much time you wasted each week looking at your phone, social media, and other things on the internet that do not really help you in any way. Limit your phone and computer time to just an hour or so a day, if possible.
When anyone mentions lawyers in conversation, the first thing that comes to mind for most people is divorce or lawsuits. Actually, lawyers have a number of different specialties, including some you might not have considered.
If you want to buy or sell a house, chances are a real estate lawyer will be involved. For example, if you are looking for a real estate lawyer in KW, there are a number to choose from. Shop around, get recommendations, read reviews, and then make an appointment to discuss your needs. There is a very good chance you will find someone with a background to help you out in a fast and cost-effective manner.
Lawyers can also be involved in some work-related issues. You may have heard about or read about someone who was fired from a job and felt that it was done without cause. They then took the company to court. The person bringing the lawsuit, in this case, would use an employment lawyer because they have the background to know whether the company violated the law. They also would know how to launch a successful fight in court that would lead to victory for their client.
For the most immediate and cost-effective results, you would select an employment lawyer in your vicinity. For example, if you lived in Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, or Cambridge, KW Law are employment lawyers in Kitchener that can serve your needs.
The first step is to make an appointment with them and discuss what has happened. They will then examine the situation and decide whether you have a valid case that you could possibly win. At that time, they will launch the case using procedures that follow both the letter of the law and have proven successful for them in the past.
Whether you are the type of person who is casual about their health or the type who is hyper vigilant, the vast majority of us see our general practitioner at least once a year for a physical. Sometimes we have to go more often than that because of an illness or unexplained health condition. However, you will occasionally run into people who brag about the fact that they never go to their doctor. Sometimes there is a legit reason for that; there are people who rarely ever get sick. But there are also others who do not go simply because they do not want to or they are afraid to. Here are some reasons why some folks do not go to the doctor:
Depending on which area where you live, and whether your job offers health insurance, you may have to pay out-of-pocket for a visit to the doctor. As sad as it sounds, and as important as a person’s health is, some people just do not have the money to spare for even one appointment.
Even if they can afford the appointment, some people fear that seeing the doctor will reveal they have a significant health problem. Some people would rather just not know, even though early detection of some problems can solve them. Of the two sexes, men are less likely to go to the doctor, even though they are historically known to be the braver gender. Also, people with vices that tend to cause health issues, such as smoking and alcoholism, are less likely to see a physician.
A different relationship with physicians
In years past, many people had a family doctor that they went to for generations. That sort of relationship is rare nowadays, and as a result, the same level of trust is no longer there.
Anxiety is a normal part of life and tends to pass without causing many difficulties. However, for some people, anxiety can create major issues that lower their quality of life. This problem can be so severe that it causes them great mental and physical strain that can lead to breakdowns and sometimes even suicide.
Here are some things that you can try if you are dealing with anxiety problems. However, first and foremost, consider seeing a therapist. They will speak with you about the problems you are experiencing and come up with ways that can specifically address this situation. Professionals are also in a position to determine whether medication might be a good fit for you.
We all know how important exercise is when it comes to our physical health, but did you know that physical activity is also a good way to boost your mental health? Exercise creates endorphins, which act as “feel-good” chemicals for your brain, giving you a natural high and improving your mood. This helps to take your mind off of whatever is making you anxious.
Cut back on your alcohol consumption
Alcohol may seem to calm you down in the present moment, but it acts as a depressant so the relief you get is not good for you and does not last very long. In fact, for some people, alcohol can actually heighten anxiety.
Caffeine may help to get your brain going in the morning, but in doing so, it also heightens your anxiety. Try to get a good night’s sleep and find other ways to increase your mental alertness that do not involve caffeine consumption.
Avoid people and situations that make you anxious
As the title of this section says, prevention is sometimes the best cure. While not always possible, avoiding the triggers that boost your anxiety can make a major positive difference.
Many of us do not have a lot of spare time in our lives, but there always seem to be things that need our attention. Since science has not figured out a way to clone people, we will have to figure out how we can do everything that needs doing, despite being only one person.
We don’t have a full answer for that question, but you can always try to make better use of the time you do have available. Here are some suggestions on how to do this:
Make a List and Check It Twice
Always having trouble keeping track of what you want to be doing? Use some of your downtime to create a comprehensive list and also make note of when you think you might be free to work on these issues.
Clean Up Your Desktop
This can be your computer desktop or your actual desktop. Either way, life is simpler and more productive when things are neatly organized and easily accessed.
Turn Off Your Phone
This can be your cellphone or a landline. Sometimes we need time to ourselves with no interruptions. Unless the building is burning down, everything else can wait for a bit.
Update Your LinkedIn Profile
Even if you are not currently looking for a new job, it never hurts to keep your LinkedIn profile updated. That goes double for your résumé and list of references.
Clear Out Those Emails
We all have messy email inboxes that never seem to get cleaned up. It ain’t glamorous, but here is your chance to bring a little order to electronic chaos.
Go for a Walk
Most people don’t get enough exercise in their lives and going for a walk at least 30 minutes per day can make a major difference in your health, especially if you have a sedentary job.
The internet has been responsible for starting all manner of trends, some very positive and some not so. Among the most troubling in the latter category is the Hot Water Challenge, where people are dared to drink boiling water. While any reasonably intelligent adult would recognize that this is a very bad idea, children do not yet have such reasoning powers and that has already led to tragedy.
Eight year-old Florida native Ki’ari Pope accepted a challenge to drink boiling water through a straw. This dare was inspired by a social media video that Pope and a cousin had just watched. The child drank a large gulp of the scalding liquid, burning her mouth and throat, and losing the ability to talk. Pope suffered complications for months afterward before developing problems breathing two weeks ago. She lapsed into unconsciousness and died shortly after on July 31st.
This leads to the inevitable question of access: should children be kept off of the internet until they have reached a certain age? Parents know that it is largely impossible to police what children do online, so education seems to be the only other alternative. That means talking to your kids about what they are doing online, discussing the latest “challenges” that are appearing, and trying to stay ahead of the game.
Most would not find that advice to be very encouraging, but there appears to be little else to do at the moment. Many parents will say that they are already busy enough, but tragedy, such as the one that hit the Pope family, will leave you scarred forever. Take the time to make sure your children understand that just because they see something online or on TV or in a movie, that doesn’t mean it is safe for them to do in real life.