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    Do you ever wish you had more than 24 hours in a day? Or look back on a week gone by and wish you had gotten more items crossed off your 'to-do' list? If so, you're not alone. Nearly half of those polled for the Hilton Family Leisure Time Advocacy (LTA) Study said they don't have enough time for leisure. Another 34 percent said they 'live to work,' and 80 percent said they feel stressed out.

    Feeling strapped for time, it seems, has become another American pastime, albeit a rather destructive one. Constantly running around and worrying about getting everything done is a surefire way to increase the stress in your life, along with the myriad of stress-related health problems.

    Clearly, we cannot change the number of hours in a day. What we can change, however, is the way we go about doing things. Increasing your productivity -- on the job, at home or wherever you feel you need to be more productive -- can help you to gain the most valuable and cherished gift of all: more time.

    Six Tips to Increase Your Personal Productivity

    1. Trim your obligations. If you’re feeling time-pressured, you need to free up more space in your schedule. Do this by letting go of obligations that aren’t necessary, that don’t add joy to your life or that cause you undue stress. Not sure which obligations to trim first? See the next tip for help.
    2. Figure out where your time is going. If you find yourself often wondering, “Where did the day go?” it’s time to track your activities. Jot down what you do for a typical day, including all activities (from commuting to grocery shopping) and the time spent. Then, decide if certain items -- too many coffee breaks? Internet surfing? Personal phone calls? -- are eating too much of your time and adjust your schedule accordingly.
    3. Take a vacation. "Taking time away from the stress of work can improve job performance, decrease stress-related illnesses and add years to our lives," said Joe Robinson, author of 'Work to Live: The Guide to Getting a Life', and a member of the LTA board. This means that, upon your return, you'll feel refreshed and invigorated, and this renewed spirit will translate to increased productivity and motivation on the job and elsewhere.
    4. Get enough sleep. Only by supporting yourself will you have the energy necessary to get through a busy day. Getting quality sleep each night is an essential part of this equation. Taking time for yourself, eating well and exercising will also increase your energy -- and therefore your productivity as well.
    5. Set time limits. When you’ve got all the time in the world to get a task done, it’s easy to put it off or stretch it out. However, if you know you have to get something done in one hour, you’ll somehow manage to pull it off. Whether you are working on a presentation for work or cleaning the kitchen at home, give yourself a deadline, focus on the task at hand, and watch how much more efficient you become.
    6. Break free of time pressures. Often times, when you feel constantly rushed or focused on what little time you have, your efficiency decreases. In short, you're wasting energy thinking about what you need to do, or what you won't have time to do, instead of simply doing the task. The Sedona Method is a simple, scientifically proven system that shows you how to break free of these negative thoughts and increase your productivity.

    As you use The Sedona Method throughout your day, you will become more willing to plan ahead, and you will find yourself rushing less and making fewer mistakes. As you let go, your time will seem to expand, thereby enabling you to work at a much higher level of efficiency. Best of all, the more you use the Method, the more you will let go of the pressure -- and you will find yourself feeling more and more like you have all the time in the world, while still being incredibly productive.
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