“If you’re willing to do for a year what others won’t, you can live for the rest of your life the way others can’t.” Connie Ragen Green
Time management tips ultimately explore how effectively you exercise power over your life. The quality of your decision-making every waking moment of your day is too important to take for granted! Not surprisingly, three of my time management articles that received the strongest positive response in the last year centered upon related themes:
- Achieving Success through Heart-Based Time Management
- Aligning Internal and External Values for Powerful Time Choices
- Outmaneuvering Your People-Pleaser Time Gremlin Before It Allows Others to Disrupt Your Day.
Working with 3 of the top time tips in depth will carry you beyond your current way of doing things in a way that scanning through 10 or 20 top tips never can. So go slow, go deep and go steady to walk your path of power.
1. True Success Arises from Heart-Based Time Management.
To genuinely stand in your power using Heart-Based Time Management, follow these guidelines:
- Regard success as a step-by-step process. Remain focused on your current progress to avoid burnout.
- Check in with yourself to ensure that your values and energies align with your actions. Think of it as a dynamic, evolving interchange between your mind, body, and spirit.
- Regard success as both doing and being, ongoing.
- Think big thoughts, even when they remind you that we are like grains of sand on a beach.
- Be willing to make tough choices and to build on them. Walk towards the sound of the cannons.
2. Align Internal and External Values for Powerful Choices
You cannot cover uncharted territory unless your risks are based in full integrity and congruent values:
- Your external values reflect areas of your life of prime importance to you, such as work, family, health or spirituality. Their relative importance may evolve and change over time.
- Your internal values reflect how you move through life. Heart-based values may include responsibility and authenticity, for example.
Pay close attention to your thoughts, your words and actions. Whenever they don’t line up with your external and internal values, take that as a sign that an overhaul is needed!
3. Outmaneuver Your People-Pleaser Time Gremlin
Whenever you place others’ priorities over your own, you forfeit your ability to plan effectively. Moreover, any hidden bargains that you strike are bound to backfire.
As an antidote to your People-Pleaser Time Gremlin, answer these questions in one or two brief sentences:
- What new challenges will you face when you take the risk to put yourself first?
- If you take full responsibility to meet challenges on your own terms, what is the worst thing that can realistically happen?
- How will meeting new challenges with autonomy help you grow?
- How will your values stand out?
- What is your very first step? (One you can perform right now… or in a single sitting?)
Challenge can provide the most profound inspiration. By remaining with the tips that seem most uncomfortable, you will expand your possibilities in ways you can’t now imagine. What a wonderful use for your time!© Copyright 2012 Paula Eder, Ph.D.