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Four Tips to Avoid Racing Against the Clock

Joseph Patterson | January 1, 1970
Oh, March Madness. Such an intense time for basketball fans around the country. One second you’re first and the next your bracket has you wanting to take your ball and go home. How are your fingernails doing? Do you have any left after all of the nail-biter games? Have you reached your stress quota for the year? Much like those final moments of the game where players are racing against the clock to snag the win, we often find ourselves racing against the clock to get things done in our own lives. But racing against the clock? Not so exciting in real life. Here are four tips to keep you sane and on track to live your best life (at a more reasonable pace):  Set goalswithoutadeadlineAs Napoleon Hill said, “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” We all want something, whether it’s to lose weight, go back to school, or spend more time with family. Anything you want, you have to make a plans and set goals, otherwise you're spinning your wheels with no payoff. Create timelines and deadlines and be persistent. As TSheets CEO, Matt Rissell says, “Persistence is key.” And that’s a key that will unlock any door in front of you.Wake up earlyIt’s true, some people are not made for early mornings. However, when your alarm goes off, do you press the snooze button a time or two or 10? When you press snooze, you’re not really getting quality rest during those five minute intervals. So your best bet? Just get up. Despite the coziness level of your bed being a 10 or that dream you really wanted to finish, just get up. Stretch, grab a cup of coffee or a tall glass of water, and take those extra few minutes to set the tone for your day. Consider the daily tasks you want to accomplish, get your plan in place, and attack. By bed time, you’ll fall asleep sooner and it will be a habit worth working towards.Take breaksAlways smile and laugh; especially at yourself.Real breaks. Often times we think we’re slammed with work and never get down time, but if you tracked the time you spent on the couch watching tv or scanning Facebook or Pinterest, you might realize otherwise. Yes, we all fall into the trap of staying busy with things that don’t move us forward. Consider putting your phone down every once in a while and going outside. It’s spring! Rumor has it the weather is pretty nice out. Or, you have real friends! Meet up with them. That gym membership that’s collecting dust? Use it! Taking time to go outside, spend time with people you love, or get active can rejuvenate you and give you a greater ability to make tomorrow awesome.Say noValue your time. For some reason we have a hard time saying no to people. The right intentions are there, but it's so important if you want to prioritize your time and energy. Don’t take on more than you’re capable of handling. We all have our limits and if you promise your effort to something you can’t fully contribute to, you’re doing yourself and the other person a disservice. So say no if you truly can't or don't want to do something. You don't have to qualify the statement or feel guilty. When you respect your time, others will respect it as well.    
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