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5 Simple Life Hacks with Olympian Tom Daley

Tom Daley's top tips for nailing time management!

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5 Simple Life Hacks with Olympian Tom Daley

Tom Daley's top tips for nailing time management!

5 Simple Life Hacks with Olympian Tom Daley | DonalSkehan.com, Tom Daley's top tips for nailing time management! <br />
Friday, January 13, 2017
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I recently met olympic champion, Tom Daley, when I was hosting Saturday Kitchen on BBC One.

He was a guest on the show and was promoting his new book, Tom’s Daily Plan. As well as being filled with delicious recipes, Tom shares tips and ideas on living your best life, tackling it all one day at a time. Tom has shared some of these tips and recipes here and while you may not win an olympic medal, you will definitely be on the right track for your own daily plan!

I recently met olympic champion, Tom Daley, when I was hosting Saturday Kitchen on BBC One.

He was a guest on the show and was promoting his new book, Tom’s Daily Plan. As well as being filled with delicious recipes, Tom shares tips and ideas on living your best life, tackling it all one day at a time. Tom has shared some of these tips and recipes here and while you may not win an olympic medal, you will definitely be on the right track for your own daily plan!

Tom Daley: We all lead such busy lives and I often used to find myself saying ‘I’m too busy’ as an excuse for not doing something. Do you feel you don’t have time for exercise, to meet up with old friends or to cook a healthy meal? Here are some tips that I’ve picked up about time management that you might find helpful too.

Tom Daley: We all lead such busy lives and I often used to find myself saying ‘I’m too busy’ as an excuse for not doing something. Do you feel you don’t have time for exercise, to meet up with old friends or to cook a healthy meal? Here are some tips that I’ve picked up about time management that you might find helpful too.

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1. Prioritise

Think about what you want to achieve on a daily basis and decide on your priorities. Choose your top five tasks and work at them in order of importance. They don’t all have to be chores. On a weekend, your priorities might be doing some exercise, calling your mum or doing some grocery shopping so you can cook meals for the week ahead.

1. Prioritise

Think about what you want to achieve on a daily basis and decide on your priorities. Choose your top five tasks and work at them in order of importance. They don’t all have to be chores. On a weekend, your priorities might be doing some exercise, calling your mum or doing some grocery shopping so you can cook meals for the week ahead.

2. Get a good night’s sleep 

I like to get nine hours sleep a night when I’m training. I appreciate many people might need less, but cutting out sleep to have more fun or to get more work done is not a great idea because being tired in the day will mean that you can’t make the most of your time. Whatever your sleep needs, it’s really worth getting to bed early enough to get a good night’s sleep.

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2. Get a good night’s sleep 

I like to get nine hours sleep a night when I’m training. I appreciate many people might need less, but cutting out sleep to have more fun or to get more work done is not a great idea because being tired in the day will mean that you can’t make the most of your time. Whatever your sleep needs, it’s really worth getting to bed early enough to get a good night’s sleep.

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3. Stop multi-tasking

Do you find yourself browsing Instagram while you’re on the phone? Do you sneak a peek at Facebook during an important meeting? Multi-tasking doesn’t work because it lessens productivity. Try to focus on one task at a time and be present in the moment.

3. Stop multi-tasking

Do you find yourself browsing Instagram while you’re on the phone? Do you sneak a peek at Facebook during an important meeting? Multi-tasking doesn’t work because it lessens productivity. Try to focus on one task at a time and be present in the moment.

4. Learn to say no!

Like many people, I find it very hard to say no. We all want to be liked and we don’t want to hurt other people’s feelings, but saying yes to everything will leave you feeling stressed and without time for the stuff that really matters. If you don’t want to do something or simply don’t have time for it, say no with conviction. Thank the person for thinking of you, but don’t offer maybes or find yourself caught up in excuses and feeling guilty

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4. Learn to say no!

Like many people, I find it very hard to say no. We all want to be liked and we don’t want to hurt other people’s feelings, but saying yes to everything will leave you feeling stressed and without time for the stuff that really matters. If you don’t want to do something or simply don’t have time for it, say no with conviction. Thank the person for thinking of you, but don’t offer maybes or find yourself caught up in excuses and feeling guilty

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5. Don’t put things off

Is there something important you’ve been meaning to do for ages but you’re putting off ? Constantly putting things off makes us feel guilty for what we haven’t started.  I find it helps me to start the task I’ve been meaning to do and break it down into manageable steps. Then I tell myself I’m going to spend ten minutes on it, rather than complete the whole thing. I take it step by step and get there in the end.

5. Don’t put things off

Is there something important you’ve been meaning to do for ages but you’re putting off ? Constantly putting things off makes us feel guilty for what we haven’t started.  I find it helps me to start the task I’ve been meaning to do and break it down into manageable steps. Then I tell myself I’m going to spend ten minutes on it, rather than complete the whole thing. I take it step by step and get there in the end.

As well as these great tips, Tom has shared some of his favourite breakfast recipes to get your day off to a brilliant start!

Recipe for blueberry pancakes here.

Recipe for Tom’s Kedgeree here.

Recipe for Tom’s Huevos Rancheros here.

 

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As well as these great tips, Tom has shared some of his favourite breakfast recipes to get your day off to a brilliant start!

Recipe for blueberry pancakes here.

Recipe for Tom’s Kedgeree here.

Recipe for Tom’s Huevos Rancheros here.

 

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  • https://www.instagram.com/notsocrystalclear/ Crystal

    Some good tips. Definitely one for multi-tasking, like now I’m watching pretty Little liars and scrolling through bloglovin :-)

  • Katie

    Having lunch prepared the night before work to save time in the morning!

  • Lee Bastic

    My life hack is to always leave a clean desk. It makes such a difference when you start work the next morning.

  • Louise Davidson

    I have an app that is a widget on my phone that I use to make notes, reminders. Things to do. Because I always see it I’m more proactive in getting things done. Like today I went to the opticians. Now I will have better eyesight and feel satisfied I can delete something off my list!

  • Sollasollewmn

    My favorite life hack is to not sweat the small stuff. Meditation is a great way to learn how to discern what’s a big problem and what’s a small problem and then let the small ones (they’re mostly small) go.