Time management tips empower you with vital disciplines. Flexibility stands out as a graceful and restorative essential. Don’t confuse it with its destructive look-alike, reactivity! Use these 3 strategies to maximize flexibility and banish reactivity.
Strategy #1: Distinguish Between Flexibility and Reactivity.
The more deeply you assimilate the differences, the more automatically you can reorient yourself.
Flexibility retains focus and dignity.
Reactivity cues off of others at the expense of self-intimacy.
Flexibility taps resourcefulness to follow through.
Reactivity tunes out self-reference, including warning signals.
Flexibility calls on creative self-reference & opens new approaches.
Reactivity empowers and blames others – an outgrowth of self-hate. Because there is no core of intentionality, reactivity reduces integrity and generates mistrust.
Strategy #2: Create a Strong Inner Core for Genuine Flexibility.
When you’re reactive, you follow a crowd. But to develop flexibility requires both your creativity and intimate self-knowledge.
When you decode your body’s subtle messages, your insights help you respond in a centered way to any challenge you encounter. This inner balance allows you flow with a new level of ease. Of course, your personal makeup, circumstances, and energy level also shape how you flex and where. Remember that creativity and effectiveness live inside you as dynamic, ever-shifting rhythms. The more aware you are of this, the more successfully you tap into your power.
Also attune yourself to larger patterns. After all, each of your actions interacts with your environment. The seasons move to rhythms, as does the rising and setting of the sun. And our bodies reveal symphonies of rhythms. Incorporating them, rather than fighting them, helps us each make the most of our moments – and for each of us it’s going to be different.
Strategy #3: Create a Hierarchy of Priorities.
To be flexible rather than reactive, you must know what you value and remain true to it. How nimbly do you think on your feet? This is a valuable skill to cultivate! Flexibility is key. When you establish clear priorities, you don’t waste time clinging to alternative scenarios. You intercept ruminations like, “If only!” Then, you turn your attention to the work at hand.
Clear priorities override impulsivity, a notorious time trap. When you’re self-referenced and uphold sustaining values, you’re much less likely to compare yourself to others. Nor are you likely to abdicate responsibility in times of sudden change and stress. Consider how frequently you encounter sudden change… That’s how often a well-defined hierarchy of priorities will save you time and energy.
Flexibility draws upon a fresh outlook. This “beginner’s mind” allows learning, evolution and creative brainstorming. It’s organic and evolves. Compare this to the wholesale abandonment of former beliefs that arises from self-doubt and reactivity.
Experiment with each of these strategies, and at the end of the day, review the results. As you become more flexible and less reactive, you’ll enjoy more focus, productivity and freedom!© Copyright 2013 Paula Eder, Ph.D.