Time Management Tips – How To Reduce Self-Sabotage Using 5 Questions To Increase Your Effectiveness

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 can protect you from the setbacks posed by your most serious opponent – yourself! So learn how you trip yourself up. Then create a clear path to success using these 5 power questions.

What’s Going On?

So you are taking steps to change your life for the better. You are making important strides. Then to your dismay, you sabotage yourself. You over-book yourself. You lose focus. Important appointments fall through the cracks. What is going on?

You are discovering that old investments in dead-end time choices don’t just pack up and leave – they often put up a fight!

This is exactly where some people give up. But you don’t have to. Instead, sidestep this trap! Remember:

You protect old patterns out of habit.

To progress, embrace the present and prepare proactively!

Once you accept that this saboteur is part of you, you can question it directly to learn its agenda. Become an expert on the ways that you set yourself up, and refuse to buy in.

5 Signs of Self-Sabotage

Despite your subconscious counter-strategies, you can learn to detect warning signs in advance. Telltale clues include:

    •    Urgency
    •    Overwhelm
    •    Overconfidence
    •    Paralyzing Yourself by Predicting Catastrophic Outcomes
    •    Focusing on Past Mistakes

5 Pointed Power Questions

You possess the power to give your resistance a voice and learn its tricks. By directly asking your Saboteur to reveal its approach, you rob it of its potency:

Ask your Inner Saboteur:

1. What are the payoffs for staying stuck?
2. What outworn patterns do you defend?
3. Exactly how do you trip yourself up?
4. What warning signs reveal you’re about to stumble?
5. What old payoffs do you need to change in order to move forward?

Jot down the first answers that come to mind and keep them brief. Short strong lessons are easiest to retain! Repeat this exercise for a few days and review your responses. What do you learn?

The Good News

Your Inner Saboteur only wins if you refuse to stand up for yourself. Because messages to stay the same are based on past situations, not on your potential in the present, they are outdated and doomed to disappoint you.

An old adage reminds us:

“Failure cannot cope with persistence.”

So rally your inner strength and use these 5 Power Questions to pave your way to success!

Now, what is your next step to make the very most of your time?

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 2013 Paula Eder, Ph.D.

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