Get More Out Of Your Day With 8 Time Management Tips

african american woman sitting at computer(BlackDoctor.org) — Are you overworked and over-scheduled? Do you always feel pressed for time? If so, you are certainly not alone.

Lack of time can be detrimental to our physical, emotional and spiritual health. When we are pressed for time, we tend to exercise less, eat foods for their convenience rather than their nutritional value, have less time to interact with our families and friends, and spend little, if any time, on self-development and spiritual growth.

Here are some simple ways you can begin to take back some of your time:

  •  Set aside a certain amount of time each day just to do what you want to do. How about 1 hour each day? If that’s not “possible,” start with smaller increments of time, say 15 minutes, and work your way up.
  • Doing part of something is better than doing nothing. Even if you can’t complete a task or a project, it is better to take a small “chunk” out of it rather than letting the whole thing slide until later. If you absolutely “hate” working in that manner, then just make sure you set aside a specific time to complete the entire task or project.
  • Learn to say “No.” This isn’t always easy, but it can make a world of difference. Even if you don’t want to say “No” completely, try to set limits around how much you will do and when.
  • Bundle your tasks. Save up non-urgent errands so that you can do those that are logistically close to one another.
  • Delegate. How much is your time worth? It may be worth the cost of hiring someone to do things like mow your lawn, clean your house. This way, you will be purchasing the precious commodity of time. Remember that it’s more than okay to ask for help.
  • Do the least desirable stuff first. Take care of the tasks that you dislike so that you don’t waste precious mental time thinking about not having done them!
  •  Are the things you feel you “have” to do really necessary? It can be easy to get caught up in the details – to the detriment of the big picture.
  • Take an honest look at the activities and people in your life that are “energy drainers.” Do they need to be a part of your life? What would happen if you eliminated or reduced your time spent on/with them?

And, most importantly…set aside time each week to do something special. Make sure that, no matter how busy you are, you take the time to play. Spending time with friends, outdoors, at the movies, whatever makes you happy, is essential to helping you be the most focused and effective you can be with your time.

Felicia Vance, BDO Staff Writer
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Losing Weight Easy In College On A Budget

cash with coins on top(BlackDoctor.org) — Let’s face it. Most college students don’t rack in the dollars. Most live off of cold pizza and oodles and noodles. Because of this, many college students that want to lose weight feel discouraged when they find out that the average diet boasts a $300-$400 dollar a month food plan.

I’m telling you right now, I’ve been there. I was going to the grocery store every two weeks and spending at least $100 on groceries. To top that off, it was still difficult to control my portion sizes because there are not many recipes out there that make less than four servings, and if you’re like me, you can’t eat just one serving. So what can you do?

Step 1: Try healthy frozen dinners.

Many nutritionists say that some frozen dinners (lean cuisine, healthy choice, or any other meals under 400 calories) help control portion size and calorie intake. When I found this out, my mind went back to the olden days of growing up with the nasty dinners of reconstituted potatoes and rock hard Salisbury steak, but since then, frozen dinners have come a long way.  They are much tastier and very inexpensive, with a range of prices from $.89 cents to $3.00.

Step 2: Why eat three when you can have five?

Our metabolism is a strange little creature. In fact our bodies are a strange make up of feelings, processes and chemical reactions. When you eat more often and consume smaller portions not only do you allow your metabolism to burn more calories, you allow it to control your hunger which keeps you from binging on junk food between meals during the day.

Step 3: Stop feeling guilty about the occasional binge.

So, you want that brownie? Go ahead and have it. Just don’t have an entire pan of brownies. If you give in to a little temptation now and then, it will keep you from letting the flood gates open when you’re having a bad day.

Step 4: Water, water and more water.

This was the hardest step for most people. Most people are accustomed to flavored beverages, so trying to drink at least eight glasses a day can be a pain. If you’re one of those people, try Crystal Light. Crystal Light is a flavored drink (it also comes in convenient drink mixes) with only 5 calories a serving.

Step 5: Commit to at least 30 minutes a day of cardio at least 5 days a week.

Make sure you change it up when you are at the gym. Don’t just stay on one machine for the full 30 minutes, split it up between two or three machines and your workout will fly by. Change up your pace with a minute of intense workout and two minutes of less intense workout.

Don’t have a gym membership? Work your way into a running regime. I recommend the book “Running for Dummies.”  It has a great plan for working your way up being able to run for 30 minutes a day without killing yourself.

Step 6: Stick with it and remember you are not on the Biggest Loser.

Wouldn’t it be great to lose eight pounds a week? Well, the Biggest Losers have the benefit of no job or school commitments while competing on the show, and unfortunately you don’t.  One to two pounds a week, is a healthy weight loss goal.

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