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March 05 2013

Ask Deepak - How to Maximize the Use of Our Time

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How do we maximize the use of our time? Deepak weighs in on this question, so crucial to the way we live our lives in contemporary culture.

Ever feel completely stretched, like you are trying to balance five things at once? (Ever not feel that way?)
In this episode of “Ask Deepak” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra discusses how to maximize the use of our time using a method he learned from UCLA professor Dr. Dan Siegel. The good news? You don’t have to be a superhero to achieve balance in your life; it just takes a bit of organization and planning.

The key is to divide our day up into segments: sleep time, exercise time, work time, down time, creative time, eating time, etc. Plan these segments mindfully (ie. you may feel like you should allow more time for working than for sleeping, but make sure mind, body and spirit activities get their fair share.)

While you are involved in a certain activity, Deepak advises, give it your full and undivided attention. Try not to check emails while you’re having dinner – a trap we all fall into occasionally but which can prevent us from fully experiencing both the work and the meal. Give this method a try and let us know how it goes!

Which activities are most important to you? Do you think it’s better to multi-task or focus on one thing at a time?

Subscribe to The Chopra Well and read more of Deepak’s tips in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success!

Top comments

  • And when are you able to do all this? When you have a regular income and don`t have to worry about food or shelter or security.....Still too many that do not even have THAT! Also in that wonderful United States where you should be able to make your dreams come true. Deepak: Times they are really changing.....

    YourSoul // 2013-01-10 14:44:17 // //
  • This was great I especially loved the part when you said ignore success, stay detached. WOW, because in doing so you eleminate hangups. I love the great work you do Deepak please continue. You are a calm in the stormy sea. Thanks

    JadeOpal // 2013-01-10 15:06:45 // //



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  • Your advice about divisions of activities and focusing only on each specific activity is so true. We tend to let our time go, like water without a glass to contain it. I think this advice is even more important to people who are struggling in life. It will help them build a framework that can stabilize and strengthen their efforts. Thank you Deepak. I have just discovered this website tonight and look forward to many hours of learning from all the resources you provide here! chris

    Chris // 2013-12-01 21:34:26 // //
  • Beautiful guidance. Balance and total commitment all at once. It makes such sense - will free me from foolish feelings of guilt when I feel like dropping the ball in one or other area. Love the advice to ignore success and don`t focus too much on work. It`s all a matter of perception and I think in the past I`ve let short term goals lead me astray and become unbalanced with time. I love the idea of getting into rhythm over time. I think this could well free me.... Thank you Deepak! :-)

    Meera // 2013-07-18 09:29:13 // //
  • Dear Deepak : Do you believe this is achievable? I wish I could maximize my time in this fashion. There was a time in my twenties when i was carefree, i played more, enjoyed life,friends and family more. Sure i did not have as many responsibilities , no children to feed or provide for but stilll. The wheel was not turning as fast, employers were more flexible. Not the same anymore; it is a real jungle out there. Corporations are pinching every cent and squeezing that lemon dry. Surviving i think in the current environment is actually admirable, it is an achievement. One boss told me that a skill that employees need to develop now is : tolerance to absurdity! What does that tell you? Job demands and performace expectations are unreasonable and unrealistic. It is not sufficient to do your job, you must do continuing education, participate in business social functions, volunteer in the social club or selected charity...the list is endless. Today I found out that a colleague resigned , called it quits: has no other job lined up. He hit a wall, end of story...he is not alone...and others take more drastic measures (suicide)...Times they are changing indeed...The peaceful spiritual revolution is not happening soon enough: we do need to be saved because i feel we are becoming slaves...the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, the middle class is scraping by and shrinking ...What awaits our children? How to stop the wheel? I will continue to make great efforts to balance my time as you suggest but i feel like i fail daily, weekly on so many levels because of the stress, anxiety and exhaustion. .I am joining the 21 day meditation challenge ( my 2nd time ). I greatly enjoyed Creating abundance and i look forward to discovering new feelings,thoughts with this round. I hope i can finally find a solution to get off the wheel if i cant slow it down or turn it off. In the meantime i have to keep at it, survive and fight for my daughter....My apologies for this lengthy comment. I feel there is a need for someone - why not you?- to give a realistic representation of what the low/middle working class is being subject to. .... Namaste

    Tremroy // 2013-03-11 21:50:19 // //
  • “Let your life lightly dance on the edge of time like dew on the tip of the leaf.” We know the butterfly counts not months but moments and have time enough. We human beings peddle in the paradox of time, trading to have a quality life, measuring the measureless and immeasurable, adjusting our conduct and directing the course of our spirit according to hours and seasons. Time is considered as the wealth of change but the clock in its parody makes it a mere change and no wealth. How we spend our time is how we spend our wealth. It is our most valuable commodity. Do we treat our time the same way as we treat our wealth? Eg- When we exchange cash with value, we expect the same. Do we treat our time in the same way? We spend a massive amount of time on valueless ventures, believing that there are no ample hours in a day. We consume time producing nothing. While at the same time there is no dearth of distinctly distinguished people who have time for everything. Enough time for work, health, family, society, recreation and sleep, all that adds to the quality of life. Example- Deepak Chopra. Forget not that true index of quality life is the happiness index. This bliss will blossom best when we hit big with these 24 hours. What we need is to rehabilitate our relationship with time. So don’t count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count. The gift of time is the best gift we can bestow upon us. We all desire to live a full and meaningful life but how often we live up to this desire? Fact is we lose those moments when we might be most of ourselves. We all have an account of 86,400 seconds a day in our Human Bank Account. But we all sing the same song- “Too much to do not enough time to do it.” We need to invest our time smartly so that we get the best possible return in terms of health, happiness and success. Our problem isn’t our Time Management methodology but our paradigm, an ideal model. Many people spend energy trying to be more efficient without doing what’s important. We truly organize our getting as much done rather accomplishing which is truly important for us. It is like being lost in the new city. An obese person may need more time for health regulation and food than a healthy stout person. So the compass rules rather than the clock. We all have personal periphery, prescription, plan and purpose rather than running with the clock. We need to focus on importance driven plan than urgency driven. Doing right thing is considered first before doing things right. Start to live- Do not stress and strive to be perfect but be you. Plan your preferences and priorities; never follow others clock to follow you or you will land up nowhere. We need to structure our day to fit best in our cycle of time perfectly dividing time for work, play, exercise, writing, chores, sleep, and recreation. At the end of the day there will be- Feel Good Syndrome. I have done things for myself and accomplished what I needed. Our daily life is our temple our religion When we enter into it, it takes with us all. “Time has been transformed and we have changed; it has advanced and set in motion; it has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration.”

    Soni Shalini // 2013-03-11 01:39:35 // //
  • Bravo!, Bravo,Bravo!

    Kirk Williams
    // 2013-03-10 19:32:11 // //
  • Love it.

    Jose Angel Rivera // 2013-03-10 10:39:56 // //
  • Awesome , your advice is always a blessing . Thank you so much .may God Bless you more .

    Wendy Wallace // 2013-03-10 04:08:46 // //
  • fantastic advice! thank you deepak..

    Levent C. Kanbur // 2013-03-10 01:17:53 // //
  • It tends to determine a list of priorities when you are facing a need for making something new or planning an appointment and then you choose for it the one activity you need less.

    שי טייפלד
    // 2013-03-09 22:36:53 // //
  • Thanks Deepak for sharing your routine time plan

    Gowrisankar Namasivayam // 2013-03-09 21:36:13 // //
  • That makes sense. Thanks.

    // 2013-03-09 21:19:17 // //
  • Good advice, thank you ..however am wondering why staying detached is important?

    Wendy Byrne // 2013-03-09 19:37:54 // //
  • I really need maxime my time

    Guido Chirinos Balderrama // 2013-03-09 19:35:40 // //
  • Space and time is also eternal, it has no beginning and no ending. It is enormous and original source. What we talk about time here is only one part of eternal time, and we calculated according planets rotatory system as seconds, minutes, hours and days . So time is already fix and limited. What ever activities we are doing within fixed time must be accommodate . We can not maximize time because time is fixed. So only choice left to select the activities which you are more interested, more joyful and more beneficial and more healthier. That our purpose of maximize time is solved.

    Jayendra Panchal // 2013-03-09 18:35:11 // //
  • I've pretty much have done this my whole others bragged that they are great multi-taskers I've prided myself in the fact that I can only do things well if I do them one at a time. When I put bread in the toaster, I stand there until it pops up, otherwise I forget about it and when I come back to it I have cold, hard, bread, not warm toast!

    Cathy Biggane // 2013-03-09 17:43:09 // //
  • Doing one thing at a time en doing it mindfully in full presents... I try everyday.

    Nini's Driftwood Art // 2013-03-09 17:33:53 // //
  • time managment

    Jennifer Claudine Munoz // 2013-03-09 17:13:15 // //
  • Thank you!

    Inspirational Nuggets // 2013-03-09 17:09:18 // //
  • very good

    Mariann Boda Toth // 2013-03-09 17:01:14 // //
  • I love it! I'm going to start doing this too!

    Sumbul Naqvi // 2013-03-09 16:41:48 // //
  • It sounds good. I took notes. I hope to take advantage of these suggestions, starting with 21 day meditation challenge, as I know I haven't had regular or much meditation. Thank you so much!

    Janet Neel // 2013-03-09 16:38:26 // //
  • love you Deepak!

    Alejandra Ester Lambertini // 2013-03-09 16:13:17 // //
  • Nice Deepak!!

    Atasi Mukherjee // 2013-03-09 16:12:26 // //
  • Well....i got an idea to make this treasure sure u have heard of it...Will keep u posted @the end results....experiment Pak.

    Sheki Williams // 2013-03-09 16:09:42 // //
  • stop gmos or we won't be around to meditate

    Bonnie Hanmore // 2013-03-09 16:08:29 // //
  • Whati if you work in an industry, lets say fashion where everything is unpredictable,. You dont know if you traveling at noght or very early in the morning. How do you deal with ?

    No // 2013-03-06 04:38:20 // //
  • We`re so glad you found our channel, especially given what you`ve been going through. Welcome! And thank you for your question. As Deepak wrote, "In Eastern thought, detachment is a state that doesn`t condemn desire or give in to it, either." Being in a state of detachment means you are free from the anxiety and suffering that goes along with living entirely by the ego`s impulses.

    The Chopra Well
    // 2013-03-05 18:45:03 // //
  • I think this is an excellent start to get back on track,. Especially coming out of deep depression. During that time we are so into our sorrowful thoughts, that we don`t appreciate or care about what`s in the moment. Thank you, Dr.Chopra. I`m not sure what is meant by the stay detached statement..I always thought detachment was a bad thing...Please explain

    // 2013-03-05 13:52:18 // //
  • I think what you said is very true, very spot on. And I`m going to try it.

    // 2013-03-04 19:47:43 // //
  • This ensures we have focused time on areas that are important for us. Dale Carnegie calls this living in Day Tight Compartments. Great share Deepak.

    Tammy McGee
    // 2013-02-14 14:58:56 // //
  • @gagzy1989 I can relate exactly to your situation. I`m Asian guy living in the USA, grew up here all my life...when I told my Dad.I was going to be a hairstylist he didnt understand and wasnt happy.....but now.realizes I had to live my life`s long as you can support yourself they should be happy :)

    // 2013-02-13 22:41:17 // //
  • haha, to deepak and his crew: do you know about the pole shift?

    // 2013-02-12 02:05:04 // //
  • It can definitely be challenging to stick to a schedule and overcome obstacles like procrastination. Like you said, it may help to start the day with a short meditation, just to get your mind centered. And whenever you feel stuck try taking a few deep breaths or walking around the block to clear your mind. Hope that helps!

    The Chopra Well
    // 2013-02-11 18:10:37 // //
  • The way you segmented the time for various works in a day seems proper and perfect. Although when a day is planned by time segments for each, i feel difficulty in going through and keeping stable mind! I guess mind isn`t calm enough or may be thoughts just creep in. Procrastination is yet another hurdle. Would your answer be `meditation` first? And , as You mentioned detachment from success, It again shakes my mind.Because i feel stuck and lay in deep mess with life,thinking of detachment. ?!

    // 2013-02-09 11:28:23 // //
  • I think I need to be consistent day to day. I love my morning routine and....and then it tends to fall apart after that. I`m going to be more diligent after reading this, but I do wonder where you fit in the 5-10 mile daily walk? I can fit in 2-3 miles. And yes, need to focus on ONE thing at a time.

    Colleen Hannegan
    // 2013-02-01 16:58:57 // //
  • Ok I like what you stated about how to use your time. But what if you are not in the financial situation where you can divide your day as you spoke of and you are working more than 1 job and going to school. This certainly does not allow balance does it. With so many out of work and not making enough money how do you deal with that?

    cece // 2013-01-29 02:33:25 // //

    BARBIE CHOPRA // 2013-01-28 05:40:21 // //
  • Dear Deepak, You are a gift to my life. i always want to hear you voice. thanks for sharing this

    richmond // 2013-01-26 18:45:39 // //
  • Sounds like a wonderful plan, but I am a little confused. Where do you fit in the 5-10 miles of walking per day, which would take 2 - 3.5 hours? Since you go to bed at 10PM and sleep 8 hours, you must not have started your meditation until 6AM, finishing about 7:30AM. Then go the gym return and you from 9AM-12 noon and take lunch. Your afternoon and evening schedule mention nothing about walking except a 20 minute stroll after lunch. Please enlighten me. Thank you.

    // 2013-01-19 01:15:51 // //
  • Thank you for this amazing info...definitely incorporating this tomorrow!

    christine garcia
    // 2013-01-18 18:42:34 // //
  • Brilliant! Why didn`t I think of this? It is so obvious. Starting this today. TY

    // 2013-01-18 13:50:05 // //
  • Let us know how it goes!

    // 2013-01-18 11:43:33 // //
  • I love this! It is so hard for me to do just one thing and I am completely disorganized and always overwhelmed. I am going to do what Deepak says for a week and see if it works for me. Thank you for sharing!

    // 2013-01-18 10:23:58 // //
  • can i do this without the constriction of a watch? i don`t like clocks and watches

    // 2013-01-18 02:41:41 // //
  • Great daily schedule you got there ;-) Would be curious to hear about ideas for the creativity / play block. What comes to mind for me is reading, writing, drawing, maybe mind-mapping, youtube...laughing yoga?

    ABeeHive // 2013-01-16 14:34:14 // //
  • u should try eating a good substantial breakfast such as 5 bananas or oatmeal and strawberries, it`s the most important meal for the day. Great effective day plan btw :)

    // 2013-01-15 02:14:36 // //
  • Thanks for sharing, Deepak...Sound advice - especially "one thing at a time".

    // 2013-01-15 01:46:53 // //
  • I really believe that if I change in a spiritual way, then the other changes I long to make will happen as a consequence? This year I want to start my own business .. I`d love to help my family. My poor man is worn out, and I`m really tired of seeing my loved one`s struggle. I`m knocking on a bit..but I;ve never felt so ready. I read my five pages a day, and understand more and more. Thank you:0)

    // 2013-01-15 00:21:57 // //
  • Perfect timing! Any particular changes you intend to incorporate this year?

    // 2013-01-14 17:47:04 // //
  • Agreed though we forgot that children can always joining us or be around atleast

    Ben Chi
    // 2013-01-14 12:11:16 // //
  • I am a teenager who wants to fulfill my purpose of being a professional athlete. I work very hard to be the best I can everyday, but I want to know how to be the best athlete I can be while still finding time to have fun and enjoy myself. How can I get the most out of my work while still enjoying my friends and family?

    // 2013-01-14 07:46:45 // //
  • Multi-tasking is a myth. People can only do one thing at a time, if not they are spread too thin and drop the ball, or get distracted and never finish. Computers, no matter how fast they are, can only execute 1 task at a time. Whoever invented the word multi-tasking was fantasizing, and many people wish they could, that`s why the term is so popular. Try patting yourself on the head and rubbing your stomach. How well do you do both, individually, then combined.

    // 2013-01-13 14:13:26 // //
  • Multi-tasking is a myth. People can only do one thing at a time, if not they are spread too thin and drop the ball, or get distracted and never finish. Computers, no matter how fast they are, can only execute 1 task at a time. Whoever invented the word multi-tasking was fantasizing, and many people wish they could, that`s why the term is so popular. Try patting yourself on the head and rubbing your stomach. How well do you do both, individually, then combined. Peace.

    // 2013-01-13 14:11:11 // //
  • I love this. I behave like a mad thing at work, because I have little choice if I`m to get through my workload. I intend to make 2013 a year of changes, so I`m thrilled to have found you again Deepak.. in November of 2012. Just in time. :0)

    // 2013-01-13 00:42:47 // //
  • Well.. maybe you could remind her that if you`re doing something and she`s telling you how bad you are at multi tasking, then doing whatever it is and listening to her at the same time is multi tasking. Take heart.:0)

    // 2013-01-13 00:39:48 // //
  • .

    very great it is.... // 2013-01-12 22:49:35 // //
  • a las seis ? 

    Nina Marin
    // 2013-01-12 22:21:02 // //
  • We all (I especially) require reminders about only doing one thing at a time, while being fully present. I read this @ Meditation center this morning (seems to be my theme today): "Perform work punctually, w/ serenity, courage, zeal, love, strength, & pure mind. W/ concentration, contentment, & discipline, w/ great joy & ease, perform all your daily Seva. Still your mind, have no fear. Never invite anger. Perform all allotted tasks to please the Lord." Deepak, what about the Gunas: no passion?

    David Lombard
    // 2013-01-12 18:18:24 // //
  • "Do one thing, do it mindfully and do it well" - if only my wife would agree! She`s always telling me how poor I am at multi-tasking!

    Randeep Buttar
    // 2013-01-12 14:37:05 // //
  • Congratulations on discovering your inner artist! In terms of finding balance, perhaps try setting some intentions for things you`d like to accomplish or ways you`d like to grow as an artist in the coming months/years. Then see if you can identify certain practices that will aid you in that intention, and, following Deepak`s advice in this video, start breaking up your time into segments to work on these individual practices. Hope that helps!

    // 2013-01-11 18:51:59 // //
  • We actually have a great parenting show coming out in February which will address a lot of these issues - so stay tuned! That`s wonderful to hear you`ve started meditating with your 10 year old; it is such an invaluable practice to incorporate into family life!

    // 2013-01-11 18:49:27 // //
  • I am an artist I have just recently embraced this fact about my self and Am now starting on my path of truth and purpose. I am also 25` the edges or youth and maturity surround both sides or my heart and mind, bringing me to a type of quantum quarry if you an artist how is just beginning to open my eye(s) I am seeking free expression of self, yet as a 25 yr old man I feel I need to construct more stability and routine like you spoke of above. My question who to balance these things?

    Don Carter
    // 2013-01-11 18:40:28 // //
  • Leo todo lo que puedo sus libros

    Titina González Feilberg // 2013-01-11 16:25:21 // //
  • Mi ideal de persona

    Titina González Feilberg // 2013-01-11 16:23:32 // //
  • Hi Deepak...I have been trying to implement this strategy for many years now. But as a single mother it has become impossible because "my time" does not simply belong to just me (and my funds are limited in my soliciting help with the many things I need to do). I now have my 10 yr old meditate with me in the evening before HIS bedtime so I can get to it as well. Any other overall suggestions for someone in my shoes?

    Leda Anagnostopoulos
    // 2013-01-11 16:00:42 // //
  • I can't drive right now so it's a moot point what the best use of my time is.

    Steve Wein // 2013-01-11 15:51:15 // //
  • Great video Deepak...too many people are hearing the message that it`s better to do two things at once (like the recent iPhone commercial), but we know the brain can`t do more than one thing at a time without compromises and added stress. Getting into a rhythm has become habit for me, but I need to keep working on the detached part. XO

    Heidi Hanna
    // 2013-01-11 15:01:37 // //
  • Gracias, es interesante, es importante acoplar lo nuevo a mi vida diaria, la rutina no me agrada, pero si se que hay que seguir una disciplina.

    Nina Marin
    // 2013-01-11 14:51:07 // //
  • this is fantastic... very much appreciated :)

    // 2013-01-11 11:15:49 // //
  • How simply brilliant! I never thought of dividing my day like this. Sure beats spinning my wheels doing 20 things at once and accomplishing very little!

    // 2013-01-11 04:38:32 // //
  • I`m going to try it!

    // 2013-01-11 03:54:33 // //
  • what is `downtime`?

    Neelakshi Duwarah
    // 2013-01-11 02:00:50 // //
  • YES!!! I love your balanced and disciplined approach to managing out

    // 2013-01-11 01:31:10 // //
  • I will try to one thing at the time. What if you have more commitments that hours in a day?

    // 2013-01-10 21:37:41 // //
  • Yes!

    Tarri Butler
    // 2013-01-10 21:24:21 // //
  • Thanks for sharing your routine! Being mindful of what we`re doing is key, being present and not being distracted.

    Leonie LaPoint
    // 2013-01-10 21:20:44 // //
  • I heard routine can cause depression.

    // 2013-01-10 21:16:00 // //
  • I listen I know and still I`m eating bread while listening.... ;-)

    Ben Chi
    // 2013-01-10 20:43:01 // //
  • Doesn`t work if you have small children. You have to multitask. can I multitask while still being mindful and in the present moment?.

    Chefjessica // 2013-01-10 20:41:53 // //
  • Funnily enough, just reading about time in Deepak's "Book of Secrets" - page 204.

    Suzanne Brook // 2013-01-10 19:00:16 // //
  • thanks!

    // 2013-01-10 18:41:13 // //
  • In today's whirl multitasking is what's happening....And as our consciousness expands, so is our needs. The set discipline is not a bad idea, and it is good to fall back on. But it can get boring after a while, so, you must mix things up to keep it interseting. Why do we think we have to maximize time anyway or minimize it for that matter? Tiime is not going anywhere and neither is it waiting for anyone. Our mind should be free to do what it wants to do at our discretion at anytime...

    Norman Échavarria // 2013-01-10 18:34:28 // //
  • Routine is power.

    // 2013-01-10 18:07:56 // //
  • I'm Brasilian...

    Itamar Bastos // 2013-01-10 17:51:41 // //
  • Developing those habits ~ to accomplish what I truly love ~ one step at a time. Something to strive for. Thank you Deepak!

    Nan Smith // 2013-01-10 17:51:25 // //
  • Deborah - listen to Deepak and maybe you will one day.

    Suzanne Brook // 2013-01-10 17:26:57 // //
  • Will act on your wisdom.. and stay focused on what I am doing at that time... thank you.

    Veronica Campbell // 2013-01-10 17:26:41 // //
  • Thank you! Nameste ~

    Wanda Holloman- Holliday // 2013-01-10 17:20:59 // //
  • Dear Deepak, I am convinced your advice is sound; but how about all the other things and people calling your attention, for instance your children? And all kinds of chores, that often take more time than expected.

    Just Curious // 2013-01-10 17:17:45 // //
  • Wish I had the luxury of working only 5.5 hours a day!

    Deborah McCabe // 2013-01-10 16:49:59 // //
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    Tom Hinde // 2013-01-10 16:48:27 // //
  • in my experience, it feels best to do one thing in a time, i do this for years , not always even succesfully, but i tray .... thanks for talk about!!!

    Nini's Driftwood Art // 2013-01-10 16:45:30 // //
  • Right, Deb Meyers: The God(ess) YOU are -and I and he and she and the plant and the insect and the air, and ether, and energy and light, and ultimately, love -which is the only commun source of all of life (known, unknown and unimagined?)...One God(ess) = One "We"?

    Leticia Huber // 2013-01-10 16:26:39 // //
  • Ever-clever Deepak...YOU are living proof of how this works!...Thank you for the reminder or focusing in the 1 chosen thing at a time -for efficiency sake- JOY TO YOU! :D

    Leticia Huber // 2013-01-10 16:21:43 // //
  • do what you love and do it often and laugh a lot

    Bronagh Fitzgerald // 2013-01-10 16:15:11 // //
  • But Deepak there is only one God

    Deb Meyers // 2013-01-10 16:11:13 // //
  • Like it. Division principle is a great one (dont mix activities - focus).

    Jeremy Bolwell // 2013-01-10 16:07:31 // //
  • checklist manifesto

    Asmat Hayat // 2013-01-10 16:04:51 // //
  • to do list.. and i try to do 24 important things in a day !!!!

    Pamela Fontanelle // 2013-01-10 16:03:31 // //
  • Asked so many times...but never got an answer...

    Evana Schmidt // 2013-01-10 16:03:14 // //
  • Srusli, well put! I`m not telling my maids or secreteries that though. ;)

    // 2013-01-10 15:52:39 // //
  • the brain can only do one thing at a time, and do it well purse excellent, ignore success , stay detached

    // 2013-01-10 15:22:47 // //
  • This was great I especially loved the part when you said ignore success, stay detached. WOW, because in doing so you eleminate hangups. I love the great work you do Deepak please continue. You are a calm in the stormy sea. Thanks

    JadeOpal // 2013-01-10 15:06:45 // //
  • hahaha, that`s why he got secretary, maids

    // 2013-01-10 14:50:17 // //
  • GOOD IDEA DEEPAK i`ll FOLLOW your advice

    // 2013-01-10 14:49:39 // //
  • Thank you. Great insightful clip

    Verne Lynn
    // 2013-01-10 14:48:10 // //
  • And when are you able to do all this? When you have a regular income and don`t have to worry about food or shelter or security.....Still too many that do not even have THAT! Also in that wonderful United States where you should be able to make your dreams come true. Deepak: Times they are really changing.....

    YourSoul // 2013-01-10 14:44:17 // //
  • How does running your own small business that you are passionate about, love, and and operate with your spouse fit in this? Or how to balance the great deal of time/work/life?

    // 2013-01-10 14:26:55 // //
  • Thanks

    // 2013-01-10 12:26:03 // //
  • ill try that today - i`ve always had an issue with time management - the hours just slip away!

    // 2013-01-10 12:06:06 // //
  • only works if you dont have to shop for groceries, cook, clean, look after children

    // 2013-01-10 08:53:41 // //
  • thnks! :) 

    // 2013-01-10 07:47:06 // //
  • What I think? U r it, U r that ! The Buddha of our modern time. Thank you for being such a transformational force for a better world. Namaste. I. G. Monserrat

    // 2013-01-10 07:06:19 // //
  • Pursue excellence. That someone is resonating with me deeply. Instead Ron do fixed on achieving this thing we call success. Thanks Deepak. Namaste.

    // 2013-01-10 07:03:45 // //
  • Thankyou Dr.Deepak but sometimes the schedules in life is not that predictable. What do we do if suddenly so many things from the outside circumstances that is knocking at our door to speed our productivity of our work ?

    // 2013-01-10 06:57:21 // //
  • EXCELLENT, I am always try to practice time management, Thanks to your advise I am getting better. Thanks, HAVE A GOOD TIME.

    // 2013-01-10 05:42:14 // //
  • I can`t believe this was just address. This is the exact question to Deepak (in my thought) today. I`m not used to a routine, am a musician and have several little things going on. I sometimes am not sure how to prioritize for fear of wasting my time on something. And like wish fulfillment, I get overwhelmed and end up doing nothing or my efforts bare no fruit. Though some things get done, overall I feel I`m spinning my wheels and getting nowhere. All my life. I can`t choose!

    // 2013-01-10 05:31:19 // //
  • this is my face when I watch Deepak Chopra ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    // 2013-01-10 03:55:04 // //
  • brilliant.

    Danielle Levy
    // 2013-01-10 02:56:14 // //
  • I have strong compassion for this Earth and the life that inhabits it. I follow current events on this subject and it seems that all there is is destruction. I feel overwhelmed by the pain and destruction brought onto this earth by humans. How do I not become overwhelmed and dwell in the bad?

    Sarah Parker
    // 2013-01-10 01:50:45 // //
  • What about college students who are forced to do work and be in school for the most of the day and the schedules isn`t really that constant with each day?

    Christian Deo Deguit
    // 2013-01-10 00:54:04 // //
  • I like " Pursue Excellence and Ignore Success" the most! Thank-you Sir!

    // 2013-01-10 00:34:23 // //
  • Dr.Chopra, something has been stopping me from asking you this, but now the time is right. I`m an asian 24yr old girl in the UK, full of ambition and desire, which has been repressed due to my parent`s traditional thinking patterns. I do not have it in me to hurt them to live life as I want to,but I am slowly dying inside each day as I am not being emotionally nourished by doing what I love. I have fallen into a trap of quitting dreaming a life for myself; I know this is wrong. What do I do?

    // 2013-01-09 23:35:01 // //
  • Thank you for your comment! And great question - we will pass it along to Deepak. Meditation plays a vital role in quieting the mind, so this may be a good place to start.

    // 2013-01-09 23:06:47 // //
  • going to try a small version of this and gradually add more. i think my problem, is that as i am in convalescence, as i improve i get excited and start thinking about all i want to do as i am trying to fall asleep- so now i write it down as it comes to me w a notebook by my bed. How to shut off the brain at night when you anticipate excitement? Especially you who travels a lot? Thank you! Namaste, DrChopraji

    // 2013-01-09 22:50:55 // //

    Khang Le
    // 2013-01-09 22:49:51 // //
  • awesome! omgosh.... i couldn`t sleep till 4 am. i woke up at 2pm... maybe if i do this i`ll sleep better and do this. you motivate me Deepak Chopra. G-d Bless You!!

    // 2013-01-09 22:47:30 // //