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15-Minute “You-blocs” That Make Busy Days Much More Manageable

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Whether it’s deadlines at the end of the month or the colossal pile of paperwork that needs to be completed before going on holiday, we are all too aware of the hectic hours – days even – that seem to be never ending.

While it may seem like the obvious way to deal with these stressful periods is through buckling down and putting 110% of your focus into the job at hand, it’s not.

If you are obsessing over deadlines and panicking about getting work completed, that will take away from your ability to actually meet deadlines and complete work.

You may benefit from carving out little “you blocs” during your busy days to rest, reset, and tackle the tasks ahead.

They don’t have to take valuable time out of your day, just 5 to 15-minute windows that make all of the difference.

Start The Day Off Right

Get things off on the right track. Barreling out of bed into instant coffee and rushing out to work is no way to start the day.

Get up, make a nice cup of coffee (the process can feel quite relaxing) and pop on some music.

Take care of yourself with a soothing morning routine – a 10-minute skincare routine can make you feel great.

Use some of the top brands like Purito for a relaxing start to your day – clear face; clear mind.

Enjoy Your Commute

Everyone dreads the commute; be it walking, driving, or getting a train. But the time could be much better spent.

Don’t worry about what is coming your way, take the opportunity to pop on a podcast or an audiobook and (so long as you’re not driving) let your mind wander a bit.

Same with the way home – It doesn’t have to be the means to an end, it can be a time where you are allowed to switch off your work brain.

Take A Walk

During your break or after you’re done with your work, take a little walk – even if it’s just a loop around the block.

If you go to a certain cafe for your lunch break, take a long way round and have a 15-minute break where you don’t have to think about looming deadlines and priority tasks.

Sitting in the office staring at your screen will do you no favors and if anything will make your sense of panic and stress even worse.

Watch Shorter Shows

Bit of an odd one, but when you get home try to watch shows that have 20 minute long episodes.

If you watch a movie or longer shows it can feel like you get in, have dinner, watch an episode, and then go to bed.

With shorter shows, you’re now getting three episodes in and while you aren’t actually getting more time out of it, it’ll feel that way.

Typically, TV shows with shorter episodes are better for background viewing. You have time to have a chat or pop out for a snack without a demanding plotline that you have to follow.

 

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Mia Johnson is a freelance writer with a ten-year long career in journalism. She has written extensively about health, fitness, and lifestyle. A native to Melbourn, she now lives in Sidney with her 3 dogs where she spends her days writing and taking care of her 900 square feet garden.

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