Time management tips can provide you with luscious opportunities. Every time you wrestle a time trap open, you liberate new options with new strength. Why? Because most time traps hide values conflicts. Once you track down the values conflicts and then overcome them, you simplify decision-making. Result? Clarified priorities and dynamic time choices!
Examine Your Time Trap to See Where Fear Rules Your Life.
Do you have an inner tug of war going on inside you: wanting to live bigger, but feeling overwhelmed by the challenges that might present? If so, it can be quite tempting to use a time trap to avoid the stress of making a weighty decision.
For example, let’s say you had several challenging encounters today. You decide to spend the evening watching TV programs you don’t much enjoy, just to unwind. Perhaps you do this instead of pulling apart the difficult aspects of the day.
If you did take a closer look at your time choices, you could examine what steps you might take to lower your stress level. If you don’t, you could easily slide into a sense of dissatisfaction and discouragement, instead. You fear taking the risks and doing the work to resolve the underlying issues.
Zero In On Alternatives
Consider the alternatives. What does taking positive action require? Exactly what are the new risks? What new skills do you need to develop? Envision moving forward, and see where you balk.
Now focus clearly on this juncture. It is your entryway to develop competence – competence that will change your understanding of yourself. Of course, this in turn will lead to new challenges you must weigh and assess! But each time you move forward, you proceed with all the new strengths you’ve developed, and the confidence that goes with them!
Now you see exactly what the trade-off entails. So perhaps you feel more resolute about taking even a baby step forward, towards new possibilities. Because the illusory payoffs of resistance tend to evaporate, once you put them under the bright light of scrutiny!
Convert Inertia Into Incentive!
By applying pressure at just the right point, you convert inertia into incentive! Simply break down each challenge into workable increments. Then, devise a plan to move forward. My suggestion is to create a list of action steps, each of which can be accomplished in a single sitting. Give yourself plenty of time for each step, because covering new ground is much more rewarding when you don’t rush. Keep your list of action steps on file. It might be a useful template for you to build on later.
Following this sequence of steps will help you know yourself better, and help give you a real confidence boost. I bet you’ll find that moving through resistance and trying something new will make time traps much less tempting!
So, what is your first step to take back your power over your time?© Copyright 2011 Paula Eder, Ph.D.