Time management tips suggest groundbreaking paths today, but do you revert to tired routines tomorrow? Learn these 5 simple steps to distill daily lessons and watch how your life changes!
5 Simple Steps to a New Way of Life
1. Once a Day – Assess
Distilling lessons every evening is the easiest and most effective place to start. At day’s end, assess which time choices work to your benefit. How do they improve your life? Write them down!
When you notice how you progress today and why, you build stronger observation skills. Then you pick up on important shifts in your environment more quickly.
2. Once a Week – Review, Assimilate and Plan
Once a week, review your insights. And assimilate them. As you plan out your next week, give thought to how you can build smart time choices into your schedule. You will probably experience benefits right away.
3. Once a Month- Highlight and Re-Engage
Circle the highlights and review these once a month. Each time you renew your relationship with your best ideas, you make it easier for yourself to remember them long-term. Furthermore, you will feel more confident as you focus on what you do right rather than worry about forces outside your control.
4. Once a Season (Quarterly) – Trace Repeating Patterns
By now, you’ve probably witnessed some ups and downs with your new time regimen. When are you most likely to build on your progress, and when do you lose ground? Step in as your own friendly coach to explore ways to maximize your progress. With practice, you’ll find it easier to blow the whistle on backsliding.
5. Once a Year – Celebrate Your Steps Forward
Conduct an annual review to consolidate your progress. Notice how your yearly lessons evolve from everyday trial and error. And now you can really take in how many ways this choice to assimilate is working for you. This is an ideal time to validate yourself and treat yourself to a healthy reward!
Take 5 to Thrive
So, let’s say you are setting aside 5 minutes as you wrap up your day. Record your most effective time choices. When you review your notes on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly basis, observe what significant patterns emerge. Here are some questions you might ask yourself:
1. What inspired you to experiment?
2. What strengths are you building?
3. What action steps are you taking?
4. How can you benefit from these lessons in upcoming projects?
5. How did you remain on course when you encountered obstacles?
As you engage in this exercise, remember that short, concise answers take less time AND focus your energies! So distill and distill again, and you’ll enjoy more confidence and more focus.© Copyright 2013 Paula Eder, Ph.D.