From early mornings to late nights, traffic jams to
deadlines, there are seemingly endless ways to be robbed of
our precious time and energy. The good news is that there
are simple things that you can apply right now to your life
that are guaranteed to give these things back to you.

Here are just some of those ideas that have been proven to
make your life simpler while freeing up your time and energy
to enjoy the things that are really important to you.

Prioritize Your Life.

Decide which parts of your life are really important and
which
parts don't need as much attention. Then plan your day
accordingly.
If by then end of the day you've at least spent your time
doing
what matters most you will feel good about yourself.

Simplify Your Meals.

Cooking dinner every night may be stressful after working
all
day. Try ways to make this less stressful, such as using a
crock-pot, preparing in advance or finding someone in your
neighborhood that delivers pre-cooked meals on a weekly
basis.

Ask For Help.

There's no need for you to do all the work around the
house.
Ask your partner or family to help you out especially if
you're
tired or unmotivated. Most of all know that it is okay to
ask for help.

Be Active.

Regular exercise is essential for your physical and
emotional
well-being. It helps to get rid of toxins from your body
and
increases your oxygen intake - a winning habit that'll
massively
boost your energy levels.

Communicate Your Needs and Expectations.

So much time and energy can be wasted on poor
communication.
Be prepared to talk to friends or family about ways to
make life
less stressful. Together you can pinpoint what causes
stress and
come up with ways to reduce or even eliminate this stress.

Take Time-Out.

Sometimes it's all too easy to get caught up in the hustle
and bustle of a hectic and busy lifestyle. Take at least 20
minutes time-out for just for you every day to relax and
unwind.
Whether you go for a stroll along the beach, play with
your pet,
or read a good book,it doesn't matter as long as you take
a breather.

Manage Your Mood Swings.

This is a great way to keep your energy high and stress
levels down.
You may have to read a few books or attend a workshop or
two before
you master this skill but the payoff will be enormous.
Imagine a life
where you are in complete control of your emotions. Now
there's a
thought!

Eat Sensibly.

A balanced diet provides all the necessary energy needed
during the
day. Overeating, starving yourself or any kind of
addictive behavior
causes your body to have to work harder just to maintain
good health.
Be kind to your body, after all it's the only one you've
got!

Get Up 15 Minutes earlier.

There's nothing worse in the morning than getting out of
bed late
and then madly rushing to get to work on time. Try setting
2 or
3 alarms that get you up 15 minutes earlier so that you
can ease
into the day and arrive at your first destination calm and
relaxed.

Get a Good Night's Sleep.

Many people don't get enough sleep. Inadequate sleep can
be a major
time and energy pirate. Some of the remedies for
sleepless nights
include:

"Keep a regular sleep-wake cycle. Try to go to bed and
wake up at the same time every day.
"Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine in the four to six
hours before bedtime.
"Don't exercise within two hours of bedtime. Exercising
five or six hours before bedtime may help you sleep more
soundly.
"Eat lightly within two hours of bedtime.
"Don't nap later than 3 p.m.
"Sleep in a dark, quiet room with a comfortable
temperature.
"If you can't fall asleep within 20 minutes, do a quiet
activity somewhere else and return to bed when you're
sleepy.
"Wind down in the 30 minutes before bedtime with a relaxing
pre-sleep ritual such as a warm bath, soft music, or reading

Reduce Your Commitments and Responsibilities.

Stress arises from an overbooked schedule or a greater
number
of responsibilities than one person can reasonably handle.
Finding things to eliminate (and to decline, in the future)
in a too-busy schedule provides you with more time for
yourself and more energy to deal with your remaining
commitments.

Learn to Say NO to Others'Requests.

It is the most difficult, time-management task. Although it
seems like a simple step, a large number of people admit
that
they often agree to requests because they have difficulty
refusing
them.

Practice the following responses if you need help saying
"no":

"I'm not taking on any more work right now."
"Sorry, I'm unable to fit that in right now."
"I've got so much on that I'm unable to help."
"Right now doesn't suit me, but I am available next Monday."
"I really don't feel that I'm the right person for that
project"

As with all changes and improvements, learning to free
yourself from those things that don't serve your happiness
and joy is a skill you can improve with time. Just by
applying any 1 of these strategies and applying them to your
circumstances right now you will already move a step closer
towards living a happier, healthier and more productive
life.

Author's Bio: 

Michael Atma is an internationally known author, speaker
& success coach. Known as the person to talk to when you're ready to enjoy massive results, Michael offers simple yet
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