Train your brain to live in the moment. / Getty Images / Nicolas Hansen
Do you ever ask yourself, ďWhere did the day go?Ē
Wasted, says an expert.
ďWe squander a lot of mental time on things such as making excuses rather than on accomplishing our goals,Ē says Samantha Sutton, Ph.D., and director of seminars at The Handel Group. Try her solutions for three top time-wasters.
Excuses. If youíll be late for work after your alarm doesnít go off, rather than make excuses (the power went out!) tell the truth. Say: ďSorry Iím late. It wonít happen again,Ē and use your mental energy instead to brainstorm ideas.
Wandering attention. Ever notice how weeks fly by when youíre running through boring to-do lists, but time slows on vacation? Thatís because youíre living more in the moment. You can train your brain to stay present. So if your mind wanders to paying bills while youíre playing with your kids, redirect thoughts back to the fun at hand.
Gossiping. Talking about people when theyíre not around is counter-productive, because youíre not addressing an issue with the person who can change it. Make a no-gossip rule: Tell friends you wonít talk behind their backs, and reserve the right to tell anything they say about another to that personís face. It will end gossip in your life, guaranteed.