“Do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” Benjamin Franklin
Time management tips provide you with power to energize and enrich your time choices. This begins with investing the time to reflect on which time choices truly fulfill your needs. And it builds with identifying which time choices are due for an overhaul.
Do you fall into the trap of rationalizing that you lack the time to assess your time choices? Consider that time is precious, unrepeatable, and finite. So value your life and refine your time choices by building regular “reflection points” into the rhythm of your life.
What exactly is a reflection point? It’s a moment in your day, or week, or month, when you pause and reflect on how things are going.
Consider asking yourself the following questions:
- What are the goals you are progressing with?
- What are the intentions you wish to follow up on?
- What relationships need tending?
- What are your accomplishments to celebrate?
How to Make Reflection Points Work for You
Rather than treating reflection points as one more activity to squeeze into a busy day, envision them as spacious baskets that hold all aspects of your life. This allows you to conduct a relaxed overview while sorting through your priorities. From this time of reflection, you return to your day refreshed, with energies realigned.
Here are some ways to prepare your reflection points:
You can focus on one thing or several. And work with a journal or list – it’s entirely up to you. The most important thing to keep in mind is that this is your opportunity to decide for yourself how to make your life work better for you. You needn’t explain yourself to anyone. Instead, you clarify what matters to you. In fact, your points of reflection can inspire you to reclaim personal power that you have allowed others to control.
How often you schedule points of reflection may depend on your level of satisfaction with your life. And whether you envision fresh potentials you would like to explore. Times of transition also require more frequent retuning, as you familiarize yourself with a new landscape.
Consider setting aside time on a regular basis when you’ll be undisturbed. If it’s helpful, prepare your environment so that it is especially conducive for relaxing and looking within. Have touchstones nearby that inspire you, and a notepad for recording fresh ideas.
By shaping this special time to your needs, you can actively welcome these opportunities for reflection. Every time you review your time choices, you dignify your life with intentionality. There is no greater gift you can give yourself or to others than living by time choices that reflect your deepest values.
So, how can you start clarifying your priorities today to start finding more time?© Copyright 2009 Paula Eder, Ph.D.