The time to flourish
Do you ever wonder where people find the time to achieve so much? Isn’t it often the case that we struggle to grasp fitting everything we want to do into one working day or an evening?
Ultimately, your life depends on how you use the time you’ve been given. Time management is self-management – a mix of self-awareness, planning and taking action and your accomplishments are often dependent on this.
Now... do you often use phrases like “Where did the time go to?”, “I can’t find the time”, or “Time isn’t on my side”. We say this as if time has the better of us – however, don’t forget – we are actually in control of time.
If you think about time as being something you can produce or make, you will have enough for the important things.
So here are five questions to focus the management of your time – so being able to spend your time in a way that will help you flourish in whatever way is right for you.
Whatever job or work you do, you probably wish there were more hours in the day. Maybe this stops you from enjoying the other parts of your life – home life, hobbies, relaxation.
If this is the case for you, ask yourself:
“What decision would make the biggest difference to my life right now?”
Maybe finding more resource, outsourcing or delegating could be the answer.
If you’re wondering whether you’re in the right job or type of work, using the right skills or really fulfilling your potential, then you may want to ask yourself:
“If I stay on my current path, where will I end up?”
Is your life heading in the direction you want it to? What can be improved? How can you spend your time most effectively?
Spend 10 minutes each day considering how to spend your time, to ensure you end up where you want to end up.
Do you feel you’re ‘putting up’ with something? Maybe there’s something in your life that will be too time-consuming to sort? Whatever it is, there will come a point when you can’t deal with this feeling any longer. Ask yourself:
“What am I putting up with?”
… then ask yourself:
“How different will my life be if I followed through with some of the things I’m putting-up with?”
Take one at a time, consider the steps you need to take so that you are in control of this situation. Take small steps to complete the tasks ahead – remembering you don’t need to do everything right here, right now. Break the task down and you will be managing your time more efficiently. You don’t need to complete one thing before moving onto the next.
It’s only human to think you can’t possibly do something, you’re not good enough to do something, or you don’t deserve something. If your beliefs are getting in your way, you can choose to make time to tackle these beliefs. Seek some help - or a good book to read is “Taming Your Gremlin” by Rick Carson. Ask yourself:
“What has a lack of confidence or self-belief stopped me from achieving?”
Few of us give ourselves enough time to reflect on the whole life picture. Imagine you’re 95 years old and you’re looking back on your life. Then ask yourself:
“What will I regret not doing in my life in later years”?
You may also want to ask yourself:
“What is my life’s purpose? What am I passionate about?”
If you can identify your life’s purpose, you can plan every decision to take you closer to achieving this. Every choice you make really does give you an indication as to where your motivation and priorities lie. There’s little point in spending time both aiming for something and taking action towards something, if every time you are faced with a choice, you choose something else.
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Caroline Wellingham - Accredited Career and Life Coach, NLP PractitionerJuly 12th, 2017