Time Management Tips – How to Create Foolproof Priorities Using the 3-3-3 Exercise

By , The Time Finder Expert, Founder of Finding Time

Solo-E Certified Solo Entrepreneur Expert

Paula Eder - The Time Finder Expert, Founder of Finding Time

Time management tips are really brain building exercises in disguise. Using them strengthens your decisiveness. Each time you establish powerful priorities and follow through, you establish inner direction and self-trust. You gain confidence. In short, you become more of who you’ve wanted to be all along.

What could be more important? Using exercises like 3-3-3 on a daily basis will significantly improve your quality of life by developing your power of choice.

What Makes Priorities So Powerful?

When you set priorities, you choose which consequences you can live with – and which you can’t. If you’ve ever wondered why you find this difficult, know that you are not alone.

It’s not simple. Prioritizing how to use your time inevitably involves letting go. Furthermore, you must make peace with what you give up. Facing the limits of how much you can squeeze into your day promotes maturity and resolve. That is so important – but it doesn’t mean it’s easy!

If you’d like some support, you’ll appreciate this deceptively simple yet extremely effective exercise.

The 3-3-3 Exercise: Compare Consequences In 3 days, 3 Weeks And 3 years

If you find it hard to decide between 2 competing activities, indulge in some time travel.

Visualize 3 Scenarios:

What will be the outcome of selecting one option over its alternative?

  • In 3 days?
  • In 3 weeks?
  • In 3 years?

You’ll find this investigation most powerful if you jot down responses to each scenario. Don’t think too carefully at first. Just write quickly and put down the first thing that comes to you, even if it seems inconsequential. Let your subconscious paint a picture. Take in its color and details. Your intuitive imagination contributes its own special wisdom. Once you’ve explored this, and only then, activate your analytical thinking. Write specific, logistical outcomes for each course of action you’re considering. This will ground your overview in practical considerations. Are there monetary consequences? How are others affected?

Pros And Cons

Another approach is to list pros and cons for each option. It might be useful to give each course of action you’re considering its own page. Then you can hold the lists side by side. Top each list with the pros and cons that are of prime importance to you. Follow with the next most important consideration, etc. Compare the pros and cons for each prospect and decide accordingly.

3 Is Not A Magic Number

You may want to experiment with the time spans. Feel free to modify the time frames if the time choice carries long-range implications. Perhaps you’ll want to anticipate how you will be affected twenty years from now. If so, envision how your outlook and needs will change as you age.

Time Travel Benefits

Comparing consequences over multiple time spans gives you a richer understanding of the life you are shaping through your choices. What seems urgent at present may fade in importance, as you consider other long-range needs. Fantasizing the future can be a very powerful time tool that helps clarify your best choice for right now.

As you add to your prioritizing skills by engaging in the 3-3-3 Exercise, notice how it can compassionately guide you through the day. You keep your own best interests at heart at all times, and assume positive power over your time.

So, what priorities would you like to set in place right now?

Paula Eder, PhD is an internationally-known coach and published author who specializes in mentoring heart-based entrepreneurs and small business owners, from the inside out, to align their core values and energy with their time choices and behaviors so that they make more money, create more freedom, and find more time.  To learn more about Paula’s unique, Heart-Based Time Management™ System and begin your transformational journey, sign up for her Finding Time Success Kit. Discover how you can find time for what matters most.

© Copyright 2012 Paula Eder, Ph.D.

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