Those who have a busy life and their careers may often say that there isn't enough time to achieve everything they want, or else, something must be sacrificed to fulfill another task. However, time is what you make of it, and by using your time wisely, you will always find that you can achieve exactly what you need to – when you need to.
So how can you use time more sensibly and stay motivated?
Shopping online can be a godsend when you're extremely busy, especially in the category of grocery shopping. Often finding time to go to the store and fulfill a big shop, including the travel time to get there, is a major inconvenience if you're too busy – or maybe just plain exhausted.
Gift shopping online is also a great way to save time, especially during the busy holiday periods when you might be working extra hours – or just struggling to juggle your extra holiday responsibilities. You can order a variety of gifts or items online like women's perfume with quick delivery so that you never have to sacrifice large chunks of time for errands.
Write To-Do Lists
Plan out your day, your week, or even your month – writing lists in advance, which are realistic and achievable means you wholly understand how your time needs to be distributed and spent. Prioritize your lists so that you put the most important tasks first – that way, if something unexpected does happen, you can shift the less important tasks to the bottom of the list or have them roll over for the next day.
Lists can also help hugely with productivity levels because you can physically see your notes and goals, and have the satisfaction of ticking off their completion one by one.
Especially for entrepreneurs who work for themselves, work time and personal time can slowly start to become the same – which isn't ideal. By setting clear time boundaries, you're ensuring that no time is wasted, and you have a clear focus at all times.
- Avoid taking personal messages or phone calls, or fulfilling personal errands, during your working hours
- Have a set starting and finishing time for your work schedule
- Turn off your work phone and emails during your downtime
- Communicate to colleagues, employees and loved ones when your schedules are, so that they know when they can and can't contact you
- Have set days off
Distractions are the worst for soaking up valuable time. Even ten-minute procrastination sees you ten minutes behind schedule – and it all adds up. Eliminate your distractions as much as possible, in every sense, and make sure your mind is free to concentrate.
Take care of personal errands in your free time so that you're not thinking about them during your work. Set up a workstation that is free of distracting technology, such as televisions, tablets, or mobiles. Be sure to communicate when you need a quiet working space so that other colleagues (or family and friends) know when not to distract or disturb you.
With so many groundbreaking medical advances being revealed to the world every single day, you would imagine there would be some advancement on the plethora of many female-prevalent diseases (think female cancers, Alzheimer's, depression, heart conditions etc.) that women are fighting every single day.
For Anna Villarreal and her team, there frankly wasn't enough being done. In turn, she developed a method that diagnoses these diseases earlier than traditional methods, using a pretty untraditional method in itself: through your menstrual blood.
Getting from point A to point B wasn't so easy though. Villarreal was battling a disease herself and through that experience. “I wondered if there was a way to test menstrual blood for female specific diseases," she says. "Perhaps my situation could have been prevented or at least better managed. This led me to begin researching menstrual blood as a diagnostic source. For reasons the scientific and medical community do not fully understand, certain diseases impact women differently than men. The research shows that clinical trials have a disproportionate focus on male research subjects despite clear evidence that many diseases impact more women than men."
There's also no denying that gap in women's healthcare in clinical research involving female subjects - which is exactly what inspired Villarreal to launch her company, LifeStory Health. She says that, “with my personal experience everything was brought full circle."
“There is a challenge and a need in the medical community for more sex-specific research. I believe the omission of females as research subjects is putting women's health at risk and we need to fuel a conversation that will improve women's healthcare.,"
Her brand new biotech company is committed to changing the women's healthcare market through technology, innovation and vocalization and through extensive research and testing. She is working to develop the first ever, non-invasive, menstrual blood diagnostic and has partnered with a top Boston-area University on research and has won awards from The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering and Northeastern University's RISE.
How does it work exactly? Proteins are discovered in menstrual blood that can quickly and easily detect, manage and track diseases in women, resulting in diseases that can be earlier detected, treated and even prevented in the first place. The menstrual blood is easy to collect and since it's a relatively unexplored diagnostic it's honestly a really revolutionary concept, too.
So far, the reactions of this innovative research has been nothing but excitement. “The reactions have been incredibly positive." she shares with SWAAY. “Currently, menstrual blood is discarded as bio waste, but it could carry the potential for new breakthroughs in diagnosis. When I educate women on the lack of female subjects used in research and clinical trials, they are surprised and very excited at the prospect that LifeStory Health may provide a solution and the key to early detection."
To give a doctor's input, and a little bit more of an explanation as to why this really works, Dr. Pat Salber, MD, and Founder of The Doctor Weighs In comments: “researchers have been studying stem cells derived from menstrual blood for more than a decade. Stem cells are cells that have the capability of differentiating into different types of tissues. There are two major types of stem cells, embryonic and adult. Adult stem cells have a more limited differentiation potential, but avoid the ethical issues that have surrounded research with embryonic stem cells. Stem cells from menstrual blood are adult stem cells."
These stem cells are so important when it comes to new findings. “Stem cells serve as the backbone of research in the field of regenerative medicine – the focus which is to grow tissues, such as skin, to repair burn and other types of serious skin wounds.
A certain type of stem cell, known as mesenchymal stem cells (MenSCs) derived from menstrual blood has been found to both grow well in the lab and have the capability to differentiate in various cell types, including skin. In addition to being used to grow tissues, their properties can be studied that will elucidate many different aspects of cell function," Dr. Salber explains.
To show the outpour of support for her efforts and this major girl power research, Villarreal remarks, “women are volunteering their samples happily report the arrival of their periods by giving samples to our lab announcing “de-identified sample number XXX arrived today!" It's a far cry from the stereotype of when “it's that time of the month."
How are these collections being done? “Although it might sound odd to collect menstrual blood, plastic cups have been developed to use in the collection process. This is similar to menstrual products, called menstrual cups, that have been on the market for many years," Dr. Salber says.
Equally shocking and innovative, this might be something that becomes more common practice in the future. And according to Dr. Salber, women may be able to not only use the menstrual blood for early detection, but be able to store the stem cells from it to help treat future diseases. “Companies are working to commercialize the use of menstrual blood stem cells. One company, for example, is offering a patented service to store menstrual blood stem cells for use in tissue generation if the need arises."