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Summer Heat Affects Your Ability to Manage Your Time

Summer heat affects your ability to manage your time.

Why?  For many reasons including more crowding outdoors with additional tourists, many more people active outdoors, increased personal activity with friends and family, events demanding more volunteer time, vacation – it’s a very long list.

Mainly, however, is the effect heat has on our bodies.

In the extreme, the body suffers from heatstroke.  Think about symptoms of heatstroke:  confusion, delirium, fainting, coma, irreversible injuries, and death – that’s the extreme – the brain is affected and, therefore, our ability to think.

Every day our body reacts to heat and the changes in barometric pressure.  I’m sure you’ve noticed it in yourself  and others – our thinking ability is not as sharp, our body seems to move more slowly, our temper is closer to the surface and our energy seems to be zapped from us more rapidly.  We are more susceptible to headaches, joint aches, earaches and general irritability.

According to an article by Rudy Cote in a recent articles, “Beware of Heatwaves“, our bodies don’t always cope well with high temperatures especially if we are not conscious of our need to hydrate continuously during the day.  A combination of humidity and heat can stop the ever so important evaporation from our bodies which is the body’s mechanism for keeping it cool; without the ability to evaporate through the skin, internal body temperatures rise.

The article outlines some effects of high heat include:

  • skin irritations – small red spots on the face, neck and chest
  • cramps – during and after exercise
  • exhaustion – prolonged exercise in very hot weather can cause a collapse of the body’s cooling system which translates to profuse sweating, dizziness, intense thirst, blurred vision, nausea, headache and a body temperature rise to more than 99 degrees.
  • syncope – dizziness and loss of consciousness because of a decrease of blood flow to the brain while a person is standing

We’ve all suffered to a lesser extent some of these effects.  We can drink more water, not move as much, and stay in cooler environments to relieve the effects.  High barometric pressure according to an article by Eric Bagal, Health Effects of High Barometric Pressure,  causes small pressure changes in the fluid present in the brain.  Yes, there is a real reason for the way we think – there is an effect on the brain’s p[hysical functionality.

Time management is really about managing your life.  If your body is affected, then we can reason that everything in your life is also affected.  When you’re managing your time in the summer or other periods when the outside temperature rises, take into account that your body has changed – you will need to account for that fact in managing your time – everything you do will likely take longer to accomplish which means reducing expectations about how much can be done in  any given 24-hour period. We need to rest more, drink more fluids, reduce our exercise levels and eat more foods with high water content such as melons, lettuce, tomatoes, etc. and, of course, do what we can to avoid the serious effects on our bodies.

Summer is great and more than ever we must pay attention to our bodies and our time management; adjustments are required to avoid the extreme effects on our bodies – it does take more time.

Have a super summer!

Lorraine Arams

How Can You Manage Your Time When You Need to Learn Something

How can you manage your time when you need to learn something?

For many people, adding time for learning into your schedule can be daunting.  Attending classes can already take up two or three hours plus travel time.  And the homework can take up to 3 hours per 1 hour of  class time or more depending on the topic and the necessary research.  Sometimes the schools can tell you the radio of study time to class time – some courses, of course, are more time consuming than others.

The first step is to assess whether or not you have the time already available.  If so, where will you fit the classes and studying in? Write it down.   If not, what will you have to give up in order to fit it in?  This way you can make the necessary arrangements before classes begin.

The second step is finding the right  instructor.  Before registering, inquire as to whether or not you can sit in on a class by the instructor.  Why?  Because if you get an instructor you cannot understand, then it’ll be a waste of time.  Let me relay a story to you.

As an adult, I desperately wanted to learn to downhill ski.  I’d seen in movies and magazines the scenic beauty of this sport and it seemed like great fun.  So I signed up for a class.

The first night, I was excited.  The thrill of skiing!  By the end of the night, I was black and blue!

The next day, my boss asked me how the lessons went.  I told him it was a bust.  He took the time to talk about it and suggested I call the school to ask for another instructor for one private lesson.  I hesitated.  I wanted to learn how to ski more than I was concerned about “hurting the instructor’s feelings” so I called the ski school and talked to them.  They agreed.

A couple nights later, back on the ski hill, I was a little scared to say the least.  Louise asked me what my issues were.  I didn’t know because I didn’t understand what I didn’t understand.  Slowly and gently, she showed me step-by-step how to handle the T-Bar, how to get on and off, how to plow down the bunny hill and then how to parallel ski.  So far so good.  In less than 20 minutes, I was skiing the regular hill and wasn’t falling every two feet either!  Eureka!  I could ski!!!

The right instructor means not wasting time.  If you don’t have the right instructor, move on to another instructor or another school – it’ll save you a lot of time, money and frustration!

The third step is to buy the books as soon as possible and review them before the course begins.  It’ll give you a head start on the vocabulary and an overview of the material.

Then . . . . enjoy the process.  Learning is a great adventure and a satisfying one!  If you set yourself up in your calendar ahead of time and take these two additional steps, you’ll feel more relaxed and confident in your ability to complete the program.

Have fun!

Lorraine Arams
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Do Housewives Need Time Management?

Do housewives need time management?

Yesterday, I met a couple.  She is a stay-at-home housewife and mother with three children.  She asked me what I did.  When  I told her about my time management business, she said:   “I need that”   And her husband chimed in agreement.

We soon discovered that she had a different style than his.  Was her style wrong or right?

Style is often criticized.  What seems like disorganization to the observer can actually be quite an effective way to manage time based on the demands.

Is any style okay?  How do you know whether or not your time management is effective?

There’s one main question to ask yourself:

“Does my style of time management negatively impact me?”

That’s right – you – not anyone else.  Just you. If the answer is yes, then, yes, change is warranted if you want – and yes, then do get someone to help “tweak” the way you manage your time.  If the answer is no, your style is working for you!

Notice one important thing here – this determination has nothing to do with what other people think or feel about how you manage your time – the main concern is whether it works for you.

Housewives and mothers have a difficult time with this concept because they are used to caring for everyone in the household and often used to being criticized especially when others feel that she is not meeting their needs. As the main caregiver of the children as they grow up, the household affairs, school involvement, illnesses and a host of other demands on a woman’s time, the woman often loses a sense of time ownership.

It’s different than a regular job – theirs is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for, often, for a couple of decades or more.  It’s a lot of work and energy output.  When a child falls and cries, a mother drops everything to check it out.  When a child or husband is sick, her time is turned upside down.  When her kids’ friends come over to “watch the game”, she is preparing snacks and often cleaning up after them.  When her husband entertains outside the home, she is expected to look her most “beautiful” and be an excellent conversationalist – she “is” so many things to so many people!

Does her time management work for her?  That’s the only question with which she needs to concern herself.

The way she manages her time may impact others, that’s true.  But, truly, that’s their problem – and they must make arrangements to mediate those issues as they would in any other part of their lives with any other person.   Just because someone is a mother and a housewife does not mean she is not herr own person perfectly capable of assessing what needs to get done and when.  She is, after all, a member of the family – not a servant – and a perfectly, highly functioning adult capable of a host of skills and abilities not required of any other member of the household.  She is the only one to know whether or not she needs help with time management based on her results, not opinion.

Do housewives need time management?  Perhaps. 

Lorraine Arams
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What Do You Need to Know to Manage Your Time Well?

What do you really, really  need to know to manage your time well?

There are general characteristics of people who manage their time well.  It seems as though it’s an “outside job”.  People watch people who use their time effectively and want to know what calendar they use, what software they use, how they’ve developed such a great memory, the secrets to getting so much done in their lives and the list goes on and on – everyone thinks that people who manage their time well have a “trick”.

In a way they do.  It took me a while to learn this lesson and, once it was learned, it was much easier to understand what I must do each and every minute.  The lesson learned:  take care of myself first! That’s it – nothing more complicated than that and if you think about it, you’ll likely come to that conclusion as well.

What does that mean?  It means being very clear what my values arewhat’s really, really important to me? Not to someone else but to me – I simply cannot please anyone else.  For a moment, when I do what others want me to do, yes, they are pleased but it’s fleeting.  If, however, I only do what pleases me, it’s with me forever and it builds upon itself.  It builds my good feeling about myself by always putting the most important person in my life ahead of everything else:  me.

Sounds quite insular, doesn’t it?  I thought so too – how selfish that attitude seemed to me at first.  However, I could not argue with success.  I learned that, in actual fact, it was the only way to live.  My birth, my life and my death are my own – no one else’s – I own my life. It’s liberating the minute that notion finally sinks in! I had been taught something completely opposite – it was a lie – the only truth that could ever exist is taking care of the most precious thing to me – me.  I know how it sounds – please take the time to think about it if these words truly shock and disturb you.

What does that have to do with time management?  I have a starting point.  Everything I do begin at this point – me – what will make me feel good and what do I need to do to achieve what I want, be the person I want to be and surround myself with the people, things and experiences which I value.  Can you feel the freedom in that approach?

Think about some of the dilemmas of life and how much more easily a decision can be made if the only important person is yourself:

  • How much easier do you think it will to say no to requests from other people and not feel guilty?
  • How much easier will it be to leave a job you despise and have the confidence in yourself to move onto something better suited to you?  It’ll be no longer someone else’s choice of job or profession – only your own!
  • How much better do you think you’ll feel about yourself every single day as you interact with others based on what you want for yourself?  You simply won’t get taken in by other people’s manipulation.
  • How much faster do you think you will move towards your dreams, your goals if the only person you are pleasing is yourself? You’ll be thinking and using your head and your heart to make important decisions in your life about your life for your life – the one you have designed for yourself!

Will you still make mistakes? Yes because sometimes old patterns come back and we lose our way – however, if a person always knows the foundational factor, it’s much easier to get back on track.

Will you need tools? Yes, of course, you’ll need tools.  However, no tool will ever work if this foundation is not built in the first place!  The fun part of this is that you’ll be able to use the tools effectively and use them to suit your life.

Lorraine Arams
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Game Changers – A Journey into Innovative Minds

Game Changers – turning hope into reality – a journey – innovation is captivating!

Forbes has a fabulous article out today about game changers – people who live in the same world as their colleagues but do not accept the status quo – they take a journey to resolve long-standing social problems or turn ideas on their heads.  This is truly a journey into innovative minds – it is refreshing and inspring!

A mother whose daughter has a rare disease cannot accept the inevitable.  Today that daughter is 26 years old – see how one mother saved her life despite “established” predictors!

An economist who see irrationality as a positive! 

A community which embraces all sources of energy!

A psychiatrist who takes algae and combines it with new technology in an effort to resolve such illnesses as depression!

. . . . have a look – these are exciting and stimulating ventures into innovative minds. It serves our biggest motivating human factor – hope – and it certainly makes a person feel good knowing how one person can buck status quo and give us all incredible gifts!

Lorraine Arams
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