Finding time to get everything done that you need to do AND still have time for the things that matter most can be a difficult path to negotiate.
But it’s eminently doable … because you know what?
There’s a different way to be in your day … and I’d like to share it with you!
Time is concrete and finite … but it really is true that 24 hours can be enough. It requires that you learn and practice some skills. And most importantly, it requires that you keep in mind that this is a perpetual process of learning, as you hone and adapt these skill sets to your individual situation and needs.
Here are Seven Timely Tips to help you along your path to heart-based time success!
1. The “Xs 2″ Rule. Always plan for things taking more time than you think. Estimate how much time a project or task will take, and double it!
2. Develop a system of organization. Take the time to organize your space and your time. If you have a system, you can do anything.
3. “Done is better than Perfect.” If you find yourself consistently repeating tasks, or editing your writing, to get even insignificant details to be absolutely perfect, reconsider your priorities. Fix what is important, but keep the achievement of your desired outcome as your highest priority.
4. Write down or record your ideas immediately when they come to you … otherwise, you may forget them. Carry a small notebook or a small digital recorder with you at all times. This will save you hours of frustration trying to recapture a valuable idea.
5. The way you use your time is the way you live your life. Remember that each of us only has 24 hours in each day. Each choice about how to use your time “in the moment” matters! This isn’t meant to increase urgency or add panic to your challenges, but to add a fundamental sense of the very real importance of these time decisions.
6. Set aside one day a month as a “vacation” day. Decide ahead of time what day it will be and note it on your calendar. Then, when that day arrives, use it to do whatever you choose. This habit is guaranteed to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.
7. You will not have more time tomorrow. If you do have more unscheduled time tomorrow, other activities will expand to fill it. (See number 1.) Therefore, resolve to use your time creatively and effectively each day.© Copyright 2011 Paula Eder, Ph.D.