Did you know that we spend a minimum of 120 minutes everyday of our life mostly cursing someone, pushing our blood pressure to new levels and sometimes even experiencing mini heart attacks?
Don’t know what I am talking about?
Time spent on the road going to work, fetching kids from school and even the otherwise happy shopping trips to the mall. From point to point we waste anything from 30 minutes 180 minutes of our time on the road. So heres’ how I cheat the city life for my 90 minutes.
SPEAK TO MY PARENTS Hi , Is it urgent or can I call you back? How many of us start the conversations like that when at work. Their guilt of infringing on my corporate time restricts our conversation to mundane factual communication. Ever since I started calling them on my way to places, without a time bomb ticking over my head, I feel far more connected to them.
ORGANISE MY THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY If you are as forgetful and scattered as I am, this works wonders. I find recording my thoughts on audio notes an easy way to prioritise making me more in control of my day
CALL A FRIEND I HAVEN’T SPOKEN TO IN OVER 6 MONTHS This is more difficult than you think. At first, it’s not easy to come up with who to call if you haven’t been in touch with, simply because you don’t have a starting point for the conversation. But once you make the call to 2-3 friends you will be surprised at how refreshing and energising those conversations are.
ORDER THE MONTH’S GROCERIES, ORGANISE PLAY DATES AND OTHER HOME CHORES If you are driven around, this is the biggest ROP ( Return on Phone!) I love how I can line up all the boring chores during the least productive part of my daily life.
CATCH UP ON MY FAVORITE BOOK Audio books are a blessing if you’re an avid reader constantly craving book time. Sigh! the countless times I have sat in the parking lot finishing a chapter whilst citing traffic as the reason for my delay!
MEDITATE Clearly this is not everyone’s cup of tea! But I truly believe that 10 minutes of meditation or pranayam ( breathing yoga exercises) a day gives you 10 hours of battery life. The trick here is to put noise cancelling headphones so you can hear your internal voice.
PAINT MY NAILS Tell me how many times you have chipped your nail polish the morning of your big meeting? I have a standard manicure set handy for any nail emergency !
NURTURE A HOBBY The phrase ‘I don’t have the time’ is a result of bad delegation, control issues and lack of task prioritization. Whether you are in a taxi, metro or auto learning a language, art , recipe or even origami will transform your mundane boring journey to one you wouldn’t trade for anything!
Now,I can’t wait for the day to finish, so I can start mine on the journey home!