My life hasn’t been thrilling but I do get a few claims to fame. When I worked at the Four Seasons, I gave a massage to a real life English Lady. Her life was so astounding. She always insisted that I not call her “Lady.” (We were required to call all guests by their formal titles. Everyone feared getting the actual prince of a certain foreign country. His formal title included no less than 10 words, ending in “his royal highness”. I digress.)
The thing about doing massage full time was that I got to work on a lot of people, most on vacation or at the hotel for a wedding or party. I was astonished that I rarely saw people from the many conferences and business events that were happening.
Ironically, when people were the most stressed they didn’t have time to get a massage. I feel the same about yoga. It’s when your schedule is frighteningly packed that you can’t make it in.
So, Tiffany and I put our heads together and wrote out our favorite, exciting, time saving tips. We figure, if we can save you time then you’ll be thrilled to make it to class more (you might even commit to coming 21 times in February!) Here is the flashy little list we came up with:
It’s been said that we wear 30% of our clothes 80% of the time. MIND-BLOWING. Now go to your closet and throw away anything worn, stained, faded, ill fitting, or that you haven’t worn in a year (wedding dresses and suits excluded). Once you get your closet down to less clothes they will be less of a time suck (and you might even have room to breath in there! It could be an new impressive meditation station!) If you want to hear about the sensational scale down of my closet watch this.
5. Do one thing at a time. We are deceived in thinking that multi-tasking saves us time but it DOES NOT! It makes us shockingly less good at what we are doing. Women have a hair-raising hard time with this but there’s an important reason.
Back up to the time of living in caves. Men went to hunt wild animals. Focus on animal, kill it, bring it home, done. Women went to pick berries. They would scour the land while carrying a heavy kid on their back, while chatting about how to cure a fever using only flowers, while keeping one eye pealed to make sure to not get eaten, stung or strangled by anything. Women are impressive multi-taskers!
That doesn’t, however, mean that we/they should be multi-tasking. We still know that you complete more and do a better job at it when you are able to fully focus. So, instead of spending two hours doing four things maybe spend 20 minutes doing each thing individually. Find ways to shut out the world (my way includes a pair of huge black headphones that mean “do not disturb”). Try to dedicate 50 minutes of uninterrupted time to work before starting on another task (or being interrupted!) Staying focused can be dramatically difficult but keep in mind that worrying about the future is always a time suck. Conversely, being present is always a stress reliever.
Hope you find one or two of those intriguing enough to try! Without exception, I hope you save time for your yoga practice. On our mats we are able to practice these concepts: doing the hard stuff, focusing our minds, prioritizing what is most important and letting go of what isn’t. On our mats we learn about ourselves and our purpose, one breath at a time.
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