Whenever you are feeling overwhelmed or rushed, check-in with your personal perception and experience of ‘reality’.
It might be useful to remember that our calendars and clocks are man-made; therefore these can also be ‘man-unmade’.
The fact is, our globe moves around the sun and tilts on its axis to give us light or dark moments, depending where we are on the globe.
Who has put the pressure on you? What are you thinking that has put you in that state? What new ‘rules’ about time could you take on board to change your current experience of reality?
When the clock on your wall says 10:00AM and you have something due to be presented to another person at 11:00AM you may feel less relaxed about the activity and produce a lower quality product than if you believed you had an abundance of time and only focused on the task.
Believing the latter, and focusing on producing a good quality product may even find you finishing the task ahead of time and find yourself pleased with the end product.
How often do you use “time” as the excuse for an inferior product or use time as the excuse for not being able to think clearly because you are hurried? Is that honestly a valid excuse or simply a handy one?
Many of us readily accept the belief that when we are having fun, time flies, and when we’re not involved in an enjoyable activity, the time seems to drag. Yet the Earth does not suddenly rotate around the Sun at a different rate of speed, during any of those moments.
Where does that time perception originate and what does that tell us about our personal interpretations and global, made-up rules about time?
Work on ways to shift your relationship to time and on creating new thoughts that empower the ways that you view your experiences Set yourself a new set of rules and change your perceptions and feelings about what is happening in the moment.
As also promised, the following are a few very quick and simple time tips for you:
1. Learn by observing busy people and their short cuts
2. Get feasible with what you say you want to accomplish in a day, week, month or year
3. Perfection and procrastination might be sourced in fear
4. Place buffers between scheduled items in your calendar, to allow for interruptions or unexpected events
5. Set up basic routines and habits for those events/activities that you can easily pre-empt
6. Learn to say no or place buffers between a request and your response e.g. I’ll let you know this afternoon
7. Read up about the Pareto principle (80/20 rule)
8. Set up ‘capture tools’ for information that regularly comes to you
9. Set up ‘templates’ for information that you regularly send
10. Learn to make decisions more quickly and with greater certainty
11. Make a game out of any activity that you can (you don’t need to share the game)
12. Set specific times for attending to emails and avoid sneaking a peek in between times
13. Plan goals from the end, going backwards to beginning
14. Make more requests of others and delegate or outsource
15. Know your most productive hours and times, plan to make use of those
16. Regularly backup all information and maintain all tools
17. Have everything that you access regularly, at your fingertips
18. Review your weeks, days, months, years, and learn
19. Allow your subconscious to go to work for you overnight, get good quality rest
20. Share your targets with friends so that they may hold you to account
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