What would it be like to end the day feeling exhilarated rather than exhausted?
You hear so much about time management, although; we have no control over time, the weather, other people, we can only control "ourselves". Just like the only person who can make you happy is YOU, the only person who can give you more time is YOU.
Years ago, when my daughters were graduating from high school, I was reflecting on how quickly time had passed and how precious each day. I decided to give them each a special clock. I gave one a delicate blue Wedge-wood clock and the other a vibrant Waterford crystal clock. I wanted them to remember just how precious time is and to value every moment.
How do you remember to value your time?
I think to really value time you have to experience using it in different ways and really noticing your results. You're probably saying to yourself, I am organized, I work hard, how can I possibly find more time or give any more of myself? It isn't so much about giving more of yourself, it is about maximizing the time that you have. You only have twenty-four hours available to you each day, when it's gone . . . it's gone.
What would happen, if you looked at "time" as an opportunity to add "value" to your day? You could start by asking yourself questions like:
The million dollar question.
What activities are you allowing to steal your time? Those activities that keep you from adding value and satisfaction to your life. If you are tired of struggling to get it all done in a day, do a personal time study for a week, keep it real and just notice what your day is like and how you are spending your time.
Here is a guideline for a simple time log. One useful way to eliminate time stealers, is to use a time log. First create a chart for the next seven days divided into half hour intervals starting at the time you get up and finishing at the time you go to bed. Write down what you did in each half hour of the day for the next seven days.
At the end of the week review your time log and ask yourself the following questions:
This is a great exercise in personal awareness. I challenge you to place more value on your time, so that you feel exhilarated and accomplished at the end of your day, ready to have fun and enjoy life!
Karen Wise, CPC
Life & Leadership Coach
Hi I'm Karen, a certified life coach. I help busy moms develop effective strategies for calming the chaos so they can enjoy their kids & career.