Time management tips are tools that challenge you to grow. Use them to boost your self-esteem and your effectiveness, too. Learn how 3 simple feel-good strategies focus and strengthen your best time choices.
Strategy #1: Identify How Your Own Efforts Bring You Forward.
“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” Michel de Montaigne
Your autonomy is the base of your integrity. Never take it for granted! Here are two valuable ways to validate and build your talents and abilities.
A. Create a Time-Line of Your Life Progress.
You deserve to honor strengths you’ve developed throughout your life. By thanking yourself, you reinforce self-trust and face new adversities with courage. Think back through the years. What were the turning points where you chose to learn from a painful defeat? Where did you demonstrate kindness? Notice how you feel as you review each significant self-evolution.
B. Create a Daily Accomplishment List
Unlike the time-line of your evolution, this list is a very specific recognition of what you did today. You may be surprised as you review your achievements! By giving yourself credit for what you did, you anchor yourself in the real world of actions. Here’s where you made a difference. When you are genuinely satisfied by what you complete today, you are more likely to make more reasonable demands on yourself tomorrow. This also helps you to expand beyond the constriction of self-criticism.
Strategy #2: Appreciate Others’ Role in Your Life.
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” Gilbert K. Chesterton
You are part of a chain of good-will, effort and loyalty. When you are tempted to give up in discouragement or bitterness, take an evening to consider all those who have supported and encouraged you over time. Start with those closest and most familiar to you and work outward from there. How many ripples of support can you discern?
Strategy #3: Recognize the Infinite Potential of the Universe.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein
This approach expands your awareness beyond the ripples of active support you’ve been able to name so far. What have you received in your life through sheer good fortune? How have these gifts broadened your understanding of the world? When you name them, your abundance mentality grows.
Become the Beneficiary of Your Positive Thinking!
“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” Tony Robbins
These exercises about gratitude are best undertaken with a notebook where you can record your thoughts. The more you refer and add to them, the more significance they gain.
Positive thinking creates a foundation for self-sufficiency. The more profoundly you experience gratitude for all you have, the more prepared you are to call upon these gifts as you encounter the unknown.
By balancing your appreciation for your personal efforts with thanks to others, you remain both humble and alert. You’ll respond to adversity with more nimbleness and more resilience, too.
Finally, taking in how “the earth holds you up” encourages you to appreciate everyday gifts. Such pleasures expand your sense of time and help you remain in the moment.
Consider making a habit of gratitude. And notice how previously stubborn habits give way to more constructive time choices as you develop a thankful heart.© Copyright 2013 Paula Eder, Ph.D.