Time Management Systems
There are hundreds of Time Management Programs out there. You have probably used one or two for a few days or so… or even for a week or two. Then, did you find like so many people that you lost track of the track you were on? Once again there you were overwhelmed and stumbling around from one task to the next hoping if you kept going something would come together. Or you might have found yourself sitting stock still, frozen by indecision as every decision seemed like the wrong one, or at least not good enough!
It isn’t just balancing family, work, kids – it is all the subsets within each of those groups. Is it Who comes first? or is What comes first? And then how are you going to accomplish THAT when you are juggling a client call, Little League, grocery shopping, a blog to write and those 15 unanswered emails.
Time – such a precious commodity. Unlike money, tme is the one thing that once spent we can never get back. Therein lies the pressure to spend it “Right” not “Waste it,” “Invest it well.” So how do you decide what to spend it on?
Self-Confidence and Core Identity
Once again, it comes down to the Science of Emotions. “Oh, not that!,” you say. There is a part of us that keeps wanting the resolution to be outside of us. We want it to be complicated and a place where we can throw blame. “That Time Management System didn’t work! I’ll have to find another one!” Picking priorities, moving forward with a plan, comes down to confident decision making. What if, instead of “System,” you had YOU!
Confident decisions come from knowing how you feel in the moment and the priority that we place on a particular event, person, and experience. I have come to realize that we are here on the earth to experience ourselves experiencing ourselves. So who are we being in the moment of decision – the Mom, the Dad, The CEO, the Carpenter, the Repairman, the Team Coach, the person who can give or take away the opportunity for a child or colleague to explore new realms of themselves as we take care of ourselves?
To make a confident decision:
- Breathe- three deep breaths
- Feel- allow the feeling to bubble up and experience it. For Example:
- When I feel (anxious), I feel (nervous).When I feel (nervous), I feel (out of control). When I feel (out of control), I feel (depressed).
- Ask Depressed, “What are you here to teach me today?”
- “You are pushing down your power. (de-press) Find where you have power – your Talents, Abilities and Gifts – and use them today to express who you are as a (Mom, Dad, CEO, Repairman, Team Coach).
- In that empowered place, confident in who you are, you will know just what to do next. It is who we are being that makes the difference.
On a Very Practical Level:
Have you ever made a list for the grocery store and left it home and when you got home are relived to see that you bought 98% of what was on the list? Making a list of what you have to do the next day before you go to bed gives the mind some time to work on the details. Once you make the list, then prioritize what needs to get done. If you are going off to meetings the next day, put whatever materials, props, business cards in the car so that if it “hits the fan” in the morning, you have what you need ready to go and be on time. Put out containers for your healthy snacks and water. If your food needs to stay in the refrigerator overnight, put your car keys with the snacks. Now, you can’t forget your snacks!
To get your first three top priority items accomplished the next day:
- Get up
- Read the list
- Do the three items
- Do not second-guess yourself
- Trust yourself and take care of each item in order
- Imagine how great you will feel knowing your top three items were taken care of!
Key to Success
By checking with how you are feeling as you are about make a decision, is exactly what the top executives like Trump, Buffet, Jobs do. They see if the decision feels “good.” If so, they move ahead.
Your Time Management System will be within. As you practice breathing and feeling in each moment to see what fabulous information your body has to tell you, the more effective you will be at making confident decisions that will be in your best interest. You will feel more at peace, have more energy, and have more to give your family and on the job. Profits can’t help but soar.
Feel free to share your time management challenges and tips here.