by Beth Haley
With school starting up again for me in just a few days, I’ve been thinking more about organizing my time for productivity. I am getting nervous about fitting all this into my schedule. I look at what well-known people have accomplished and wonder how they managed it all. But here’s the thing: Oprah, Stephen King, Brene Brown, and the president of any nation… they all have the same 24 hours in their day as I do. So why am I not president already? 🤔🙄😲
Words we associate with time:
It’s a fight against time.
I don’t have enough time.
There’s never enough time.
Time Slips away.
I lost track of time (my favorite).
Yet, time is an energy that responds to how we use it.
When do we use these excuses to explain why we aren’t farther along with our projects?
A lot of the “time”?
Maybe the truth is that many of the things we procrastinate with, really aren’t a high priority. It is more empowering to know that we are not a victim of time, but need to define what is the most important for each day.
Time management is an individual experiment and process. Each day seems to have its own flow and some practices work well at certain times and not as well at other times. Sometimes it seems like it is a moment to moment process, and adjustments are needed as we go along.
Some things to consider for time management are as follows:
When replacing a time-waster habit, replace it with something that helps you toward your goal. What are you wanting to accomplish? Instead of replacing one bad habit for another, such as replacing chocolate chip cookies for eating cocoa mix out of the container, dry, with a spoon…I wish both of those balanced each other out, but alas… replace a bad habit with one that helps in manifesting your intention.
Distractions, such as phone notifications, can sidetrack your game-plan for endless moments. Instagram? I turn the sound on my phone off when I’m working. Make a list of things that distract you.
Notice when your energy is at its peak, and when it naturally starts to wane. Plan your busy time for those peak energy hours if you can. (I wish I could do this more).
Don’t make a huge to-do list (unless this works for you). What can happen with a long to-do list, is it is easy to look at it, feel overwhelmed, and just say, “Maybe another day to all of it.” So pick just one thing you absolutely need to accomplish for the day, and make that your mission. I usually get more things done besides that one thing, but at least I will have gotten that one major thing done toward reaching a goal.
What are the things I truly need to accomplish?
This week I completed _______ which helped me toward my goal of ______.
This week I did not complete _______ because ______.
I am often distracted from my work by _______.
I remember information better when I ______. (take notes)
I keep track of my schedule better by ______. This works for me because ______.
I say no to other projects or people when ______.
I know that I am getting stressed when ______.
I have the best energy when I ______. (do my yoga)
I can focus better when I ______.
What is the most important thing to do, right now?
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