No matter how busy you are, your personal health should always be above all other responsibilities. You need work, but it won’t do well (or at all) without time to take care of yourself. Fortunately, you don’t have to go very far to pay attention to both your work and your health. You can use your online calendar to take care of both and ensure that they receive the attention they need.
1. Integrate your other accounts
We all have so many things going on in our lives that it can be a mental strain to keep an eye on everything. It is likely that you are already using the calendar program that best suits your career needs. It may be quite easy to introduce new meetings and appointments now, but why not streamline things even more? Many calendars offer integration with other program accounts so that actions in one can affect the other. If you receive an electronic meeting invitation, your calendar app can view it and automatically enter it into your schedule.
Similarly, other programs that include documents, photos, and even video calls can link these things to your calendar. No matter how many programs and accounts you have, this will help you consolidate them. You won’t even have to leave your calendar app to take advantage of these services – they’ll all be nearby. It will help you manage everything without jumping around.
2. Take time for mental health exercises
It is important to reiterate how much mental health affects your productivity. It is often forgotten in everyday life, but without mental energy for something, your results and passion will suffer. Use your calendar to set aside short periods of time during the day for mental health exercises such as meditation. Don’t be afraid to be extravagant – your refreshed thinking will make up for it more than that.
Effective recovery exercise can take whatever shape suits your situation. Meditation for fifteen minutes, listening to cathartic music or even just a few quick deep breaths may be enough.
You can do a quick recovery exercise in any setting – including the office – even if it limits you from more intense activities. The improvement will be either immediate or gradual (or both!), But you will be less stressed than before by making this little effort.
3. Organize vacations and free time
Depending on your mental health in general, careful exercise may not be enough to rest for you. Do not force yourself to meditate if you still feel overwhelmed or in control; it will only burden you more. Instead, allow yourself to take a completely meaningless break. Surf the internet, play mobile games, take a step outside, etc. Do some things you would not otherwise feel comfortable doing on a tight schedule.
The corporate emphasis on the practice of mindfulness in the name of efficiency against meaningless breaks is a trap of modern society’s need for productivity. If the former works for you, this is ideal – but don’t force your breaks for the promised performance. Sometimes all you really need is to turn off your brain for a second and just be. If you insist on progress every second, you will end up running out of gas.
4. Get an accessible bird’s eye view
Planning these time intervals can be overwhelming, along with all your other responsibilities. In addition, the security of your schedule decreases when you look to the future, where plans are less fixed. Over time, your schedule will change, so you will need to have a longer-term view of everything to take care of yourself. Each standard calendar app will allow different “calendar views” to see your current day, week or month at a glance.
Your calendar is most useful if you work better visually, because you can navigate events with one click and drag. Recurring events are displayed in a template that can help you visualize what commitments or responsibilities you have that may interfere with other arrangements you need to make. Each new appointment can easily be added to your calendar in an accessible place that you have opened. With some practice you will get complete control over your calendar with ease.
5. Individual responsibilities based on priority
Applying equal importance to work and rest is the best thing you can do for your health. But when it comes to the work itself, it can help categorize and prioritize different types of tasks. Say, for example, that half of your workday is scheduled and the other half involves general management tasks. Meetings with clients are naturally more urgent and therefore less feasible to get around.
Therefore, you know where your attention is most needed and you can distribute it accordingly. You can adjust your entire schedule to deal with this based on how your energy changes during the day. For example, if you have more energy in the morning (and you have the opportunity), you can pre-load your schedule. If your days start slowly, you can give yourself time to speed up.
Your online calendar is everything for you. You can use it to personalize your day around certain events to help things run as smoothly as possible.
When it comes to your health, care and attention are paramount to this smoothness. So use your calendar to make the most of your day and take care of yourself in the process.
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