How 2 hours makes you the office superstar – balanced habits 5

15 Jan

I go to office to get results.  I focus on the important, get the work done, and go home early. You?

Below are my best tips to stop wasting your time in the office. Less chaos & multitasking, more focus on the relevant. Less busyness and overtime, more productivity. All in 2 hours…


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Practice acceptance, balanced habits 4

2 Dec

I feel tired when the alarm goes off, but I have to get up and get ready for work. I could feel annoyed having to wake up when my body wants to stay in bed, and start harboring negative emotions towards the 9 to 6 office life. Instead I accept my tiredness, and promise myself to get to bed earlier tonight. I start slowly getting myself ready for work, giving my body and mind the time it needs to get going.

The train is again packed with people, and I hardly have space to move. I could feel annoyed at the other people of pushing me around, and not giving me the space to read my book. Instead I understand that also others have to go to work, and fully accept the situation. I stand surrounded by my fellow commuters, and start listening to a good podcast.

I get a mail from my colleague, him letting me know that he doesn’t agree with me. I could be annoyed with my colleague, considering him unable to understand my point of view. Instead I remember that all people make sense in their own head, and accept his opinion. I call him to ask more about his mail, to fully understand his point of view.

At the end of the day I have still loads of things that I wanted to achieve. Some work issues are pending, I had promised to organize the holiday pictures, and I haven’t even cleaned the kitchen yet. I could be disappointed in myself, feeling like a loser for not being able to achieve everything. Instead I accept that I also have a limited amount of time and energy in the day, and decide to feel happy about what I did achieve. I accept myself, and feel free!

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Move your body, balanced habits 3

22 Nov

Morning silence is punctuated by my deep breathing. At the pace of my breaths, I’m settling into the yoga postures. Air going in and out, postures fluidly changing to others… The slow stretches remove the tightness, leaving my body feeling light. I am energized, and ready for the day.

I come home after work with tired mind and bored body. I re-activate myself for the evening with small exercise… just 15 minutes of body-weight work in close-by park, or maybe 10 minutes of iaido-movements in tatami-room. No more work-thoughts or stress, no more stagnated energy after too many hours of sitting. I am ready to fully focus on my wife, and then on good food.

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Take quiet time, balanced habits 2

18 Nov

While the world still sleeps, I silently walk into my tatami-room. I light 2 candles, letting their soft light to illuminate my surroundings. It’s still early, and the city is quiet.

I sit on my cushion, and close my eyes. Breathing slowly, I watch the air going in and out… in and out. When thoughts pop up, I release them and just return to my breathing. There is nothing in the world except the silence and the breathing.

After a while I open my eyes. I am calm and balanced, feeling at peace with myself. The day awaits me, and I’m ready to face it with acceptance and joy.

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Wake up early, balanced habits 1

14 Nov

Lazy me: Setting the alarm for 7:00, but getting up at 7:20 after snoozing. Jumping up feeling stressed, as I am already running late. Quickly getting dressed, eating breakfast while standing and rushing out of the door.

While commuting I slowly start to wake, and to get mentally ready for the day. Just hoping that in the evening I would have some time for myself…

Balanced me: Alarm goes off at 5:30. I let myself to wake up slowly and sense the morning. I have ample of time for myself: meditation, yoga and studying Japanese to activate my soul, body, and mind. I enjoy a relaxed breakfast together with my wife, discussing about the upcoming day.

While commuting, I feel already like a winner. Even before reaching my workplace, I have already invested holistically into my development and well-being.

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