Just Say No
Once youâ€™ve determined whatâ€™s important to you and how you want to spend your time youâ€™ll need to protect it. Despite my aforementioned conspiracy theory, the fact is everyone gets the same 24 hours in a day. It’s up to you decide how you’ll invest those hours. And if you can’t say no, youâ€™ll end up doing some things you donâ€™t want to do. Learning to say no creates boundaries that preserve precious time and will serve you and your purpose.
Be Here Now
[tag]Ram Dass[/tag] brought this idea to the fore in the early seventies with his book, “Be Here Now.” As busy humans living in the 21st century, the concept is no less important. We are geared and driven to do, do, do. She who gets the most toys wins. Thereâ€™s a balancing perspective to add to the formula, however. Be-ing.
How might your experience of time, regardless of what youâ€™re doing, feel different if you were aware, present in the moment and full of a sense of be-ing? In other words, conscious of you — your essence, your presence.
Get It Off Your Mind And Into A System
If itâ€™s on your mind, itâ€™s draining your energy. Keeping what you have to do on your mind creates mental stress. Think of your brain as the RAM of your computer. Thereâ€™s only so much it can hold until it crashes. Not only does your brain get clogged with the 100 things you have to do, it canâ€™t differentiate between their importance. Utilize a trustworthy collection system for your priorities, projects and tasks.
There are many time management systems available. Whether itâ€™s a notebook you carry around, a mini tape recorder or a PDA, use a system to keep your brain available for higher functions. It’s important to find one that fits your style and needs. For example, if you are technologically challenged, perhaps a computer-based time management system isn’t the best bet for you.
As another example, if you are not a morning person, it might be more prudent to schedule your most important tasks later in the day, if possible. Think of a time management system as a pair of shoes. Make it fit comfortably and support you as much as possible.
Can you identify which of these foundations would be a good place for you to start? Where do you need the most support? The result of these perspectives could open a new relationship to time and a more purpose driven life. Why not give it a try?
Iâ€™d love to hear your thoughts or feedback. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Itâ€™s YOUR lifeâ€¦imagine the possibilities!
Helaine Iris is a certified Life Coach, who loves her life. She works with individuals, and self-employed professionals, who want to live in absolute alignment with their highest ideals, deepest values. For a solution focused, free initial consultation visit her website http://www.pathofpurpose.com
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