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essential technique that we need to maintain control over if we want to be successful in any endeavor. Without superior time management skills, we will waste countless hours with distractions and it will take us much longer to accomplish any goals we’ve set forth. Not to men- tion the fact that poor time management can lead to a lack of time to


spend with family and friends or to participate in leisure activities, sports or hobbies. It is amazing how quickly time fl ies by and it seems to go even faster if we do not have

control over how we spend our time. Much of the problem lies in drawing the line between work and leisure time. In a recent coaching study, I read that couples spend an average of 12 minutes a day talking to each other and only 40 minutes a week playing with their children. The average American works 20% more today than in 1973 and has 32% less free time per week. What was really disturbing was that the study reported that 48% of 4,000 male executives saw their lives as empty and meaningless despite years of professional striving. What this tells me is that we are a nation of people with inadequate time management skills that are slowly working themselves to death.

Time management is especially a concern for many women as we try to balance home,

work and personal lives. So, as we approach another Mother’s Day, and whether you are a Mom or not, please try to take some time for yourself. Here are some simple tips to help you

stay focused and improve your time management skills:

1. Find time each day to meditate and be still. Even if it’s only a fi ve-minute walk outdoors in nature or fi ve minutes in a quiet space in your home.

2. Find one thing you can do each day for thirty minutes to an hour to relieve stress. It could be exercise, yoga, listening to music, soaking in the tub, reading a book or whatever works for you.

3. At least once a year, go on a silent retreat. Time will come to a standstill during this time.

4. Take time at the beginning of each week to organize and plan your goals and tasks for the week. A Sunday afternoon or evening can be perfect for this and starting the week off organized will do wonders in reducing your stress.

5. Start saying “NO” to what you don’t want to do and “YES” to things you do want to do. And stop feeling guilty about either. Life is short and time is speeding up, stop doing things you don’t like to do because you feel obligated or think you have to do them.

In Health and Happiness,

e’ve all heard the phrase, “it’s never too late to start over”, but how you apply that to your life depends on where you are right now and what you recognize needs to be changed. For me, it was making the decision to take part in a 21-day detox program, led by Stepha- nie Walsh, because I felt my body needed a reset after having been on medication for Lyme Disease and from very unhealthy eating over the past 8 months. I’ve gained 15 lbs. since September and I’m sick of not feeling well and being tired all the time. Time to start over and make some lasting, posi-


tive changes to reenergize my body and detoxing was a place for me to start. For my mother, starting over meant she had to fi nd a whole new way to live when her hus-

band of 58 years passed away 2 years ago and she left a job she had been at for over 20 years. At the time of my father’s passing, she wasn’t very healthy herself. She continued on the same path of not taking care of herself for a short period of time while she was grieving. Some people in that situation may have just given up and languished until their own passing, but thankfully she chose differently. She is now thriving being at the lowest weight she has been at for decades and even just took on a full-time job working 2nd shift as a receptionist at an Independent Living Facility. At 75 years old she could just sit back and do nothing, but she chooses to live life on her terms and not be defi ned by her age. She continues to amaze me every day!

So, I ask you, what area of your life do you need to start over? It may be something that you

have been wanting to change for a while or it may be a circumstance that was forced upon you. Whatever it is, you can move your life in a different direction just by the choices you make each day. When one thing ends, it is the beginning of something else, so don’t be afraid to start over for it’s a new chance to rebuild what you want.

In Love and Light, Lynda Adams 4 ELM™ Maine - May/June 2018

ime management is one of the hardest skills to master, espe- cially in today’s world where we are constantly bombarded by things that distract us from the tasks at hand. But it is an

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