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2. Say “no” to answering every message.
The average American receives 201 phone, paper, and e-mail messages a day. Take care of those that are priority and let rest drop off. Ignore messages that are uninvited and unnecessary.
3. Let technology work for you in prioritizing.
Called ID and voice mail can allow you to screen calls. For those who depend upon business coming in via phone and need to take every call, develop a way to shorten incoming sales calls. Telemarketing calls that come in via a computer dial-up have a few seconds of silence before a voice is heard. If that’s case, just hang up. If you are solicited, ask them to please out your name on DO NOT call list. And then hang up.
4. Create a centering place.
Whether it is in silence of your car, or in a shower, or closing your door, take 15 minutes per day to practice paying attention to ONE thing: your breathing, a flower, a fish tank. Like muscle in our bodies, brain gets strong I places where we train it. Focus turns SADD into glad!
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