woman & home South Africa|February 2020
An exciting new year is here and it’s the ideal time for a health check on your life. Our experts guide you through smart ways to maximise your time, relationships, finances and work, so you arrive at the end of 2020 in an even better place.
1 Achieve more with less effort
In the evolutionary scramble that has taken us from hunting woolly mammoths to juggling 101 things (while checking our phones and watching Netflix), we now risk burnout or losing our mojo altogether. Author Graham Allcott says that by becoming a productivity ninja, we can focus on what really matters each day and reduce our stress levels. Zen-like calm is the first thing to master at ninja training school. To keep a clear head, recognise you can never get everything done, but you are in control of selecting the right things to do. Steel yourself to say no, so you don’t bite off more than you can chew, and practise framing your polite refusals with this three-point rule: ‘No, because, but.’ For example, ‘No, I can’t bake muffins for the church fete on Sunday because I’m making cupcakes for school, but I will make a few extra for you.’
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