Time management tips help you extend your sense of what’s possible to accomplish. How? By making a series of assertive time choices that align with your passionate commitments.
If you have lost your passion, learn how to say “Yes!” to projects that connect you to your power, your deepest values and your capacity to celebrate your life!
The questions in this article will help you explore how to say ‘Yes’ in ways that both ground you and expand your sense of possibilities.
After You Build Strong Walls, Open New Doors
Have you noticed how often time management tips only encourage you how to say, ‘No’? Of course, ‘No’ truly is a potent boundary setter that protects your time against unproductive demands and distractions.
But once you create a block of free time, do you know what special opportunities you’ll want to welcome? Affirming and embracing meaningful activities with a resounding ‘Yes’ is of vital significance. And perhaps you’ve already noticed how it can actually be much more challenging.
In the poem, “The Summer Day”, Mary Oliver asks us:
… Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
Create Opportunities By Listening To Yourself
Nothing surpasses a friendly inner dialog for creating new paths. Each thoughtful question and inspired response you provide helps you decide which time choices truly benefit you. Remember:
The more closely your priorities align, the more effectively you open new doors with a decisive ‘Yes!’
Five Power Questions To Clarify Your Priorities
Here are some powerful yet simple questions to clarify your priorities. Write down your responses and review them. Notice how the overview provides fresh insights. This allows your intuition to generate new ideas from a deep source.
1. What level of activity feels most natural and pleasurable to you?
2. What activities energize you? Which ones help you relax?
3. What gives your life meaning?
4. How much time do you commit to pursuing life goals?
5. Are you most energized by relating in groups, or do you prefer communicating with one person at a time?
Examine what you have written and give your responses careful thought. Then, collect them into clusters that share themes.
• Which activities support your present priorities?
• What current pastimes would you like to say ‘No’ to?
• What new activities would you like to say ‘Yes’ to?
Your answers may reveal some surprises! For example, perhaps your current patterns are not in line with your emerging values.
Flow and Let Go…
As you clarify your time use by letting go of what no longer resonates, you flow in new ways. Now your time choices work together, reinforcing one another.
Others notice and benefit. Because as your time choices work in harmony, you communicate more fully with those around you. You’ll be pleased and gratified by the level of support you receive as you live your ‘Yes’.
So extend yourself. Say ‘Yes’ to daily activities that make you healthy, happy, and productive. The more you assert your priorities this way, the more you will welcome the challenges about how to spend your time.© Copyright 2013 Paula Eder, Ph.D.