Are You Running Your Life or is it Running
How are you spending your time and energy?
There has been a great deal written on the concept of time
management. The simple fact is that each of us has the same 24
hours a day. We cannot create more time. What we can do is manage
our energy and our thoughts to change how we experience time and
make considered choices on how we are spending our time.
It is all about living with purpose and spending your time and
energy on what is most important to you. Honoring your
priorities and focusing on one thing at a time will help you to
have a less stressful experience of time and will allow you to
accomplish more with less effort.
by Jan Hornford
Dangers of Multi-tasking and Multi-thinking
We often fill up our time with thoughts of the past (thinking
about all the things we did not get done) or the future (thinking
about all the things we have to do) instead of where we are right
now. We often try to do a number of different tasks at the same
time. Splitting our thoughts and attention in these ways
contributes to our sense of feeling rushed and pulled in many
When we multi–task we often end up with having a number of things
half done, which leaves us feeling anxious. When we only listen
to our child or colleague with half an ear while we think about
tomorrow’s meeting, we create an experience that is stressful,
unfulfilling and ineffective for both you and the other person.
Being Fully Present
What if you could focus all of your energy and attention and
place it on what you are doing in this moment? What would be
possible for you then? When we give our full attention and
presence to whomever we are speaking to or to whatever we are
doing, we step off of that hamster wheel of frenetic activity
and enrich our lives and the lives of others.
Choosing to focus our thoughts and energy in the present moment,
doing one thing at a time and doing it well, will not only help
you to accomplish more, it will help you to create a peaceful
experience of time.
How are You Using Your Time?
We are constantly confronted with multiple possibilities of how
to spend our work and personal time. There is not enough time to
do it all. We often must give up one thing in order to have time
to do another. We often get caught up in doing all sorts of
things that we think we should be doing, but are not very
Many people spend up to 35 hours per week watching television. Is
this a real priority for you? Perhaps you would rather choose a
movie or one really good television show that you enjoy and let
the others go. This would free up huge amounts of time for you to
do a myriad of other things.
When you know what is most important to do and have clear
priorities, then it is easier to make choices on how to use your
time. When we focus on things that are important, we make more
effective use of our time and we feel better because we are
spending our time doing what is important and meaningful to us
and will likely accomplish more as a result.
Setting priorities will help you make conscious and informed
choices on how you are using your time. It is all about living
with purpose. Honoring your priorities and focusing on one thing
at a time will help you to have a less stressful experience of
time and will allow you to accomplish more with less effort.
When you are setting priorities consider:
It is important to recognize the priorities in all aspects of
your life: work, relationships, self–care, home, and
responsibilities. You can then make choices that enable you to
fulfill your priorities and can choose to let the less important
things go for now. Be honest with yourself about what you can do
and what you want to do. Priorities will change day–to–day,
week–to–week, and year–to–year. Different things will be more
important to you at different times in your life.
|Why am I doing this?|
|Is this something I need to do or is it something I want
|Or neither? Who else can do this?|
|Is it important that I do this right now or can it wait?|
|Will doing this support my goals and my values? |
Schedule Your Priorities
Schedule time to take care of your priorities and set a
completion date. Be sure to build ‘flex’ time into each day. Flex
time is 30 –60 minutes of time that you block off. This time can
be used to deal with the unexpected or for things that are taking
longer than you anticipated, or as time for yourself.
Spending your time focused on priorities will increase your peace
of mind and bring greater meaning and purpose to your life
because you are focused on what is really important to you in all
aspects of your life.
|Of the activities you are doing now, which ones energize you?
Which ones drain you?|
|What do you want to have more of in your life?|
|What is most important for you to have in your life right
now? (Consider all of your roles and responsibilities).|
|What is stopping you from doing these things? |
How Are You Really Using Your Time?
Over the next week carry a notebook where you write down what you
are doing for every minute of your day. Keep a record of how you
spend your time and energy for the next 7 days.
After 1 week consider:
|How are you using your time?|
|What are you missing out on because of your current lifestyle?|
|Is there time in your life for the things that are most
important to you?|
|How can you make more time for what you value most?
List 3 ways you misuse your time (such as watching T.V. or
checking your email every hour) and then list 3 things you
can do to minimize these activities.
Identify 3 areas where you might be able to delegate tasks
or ask for more help in and then list 3 actions you can take
to help you create more time in this area.
Area: Household chores:
|Have shirts pressed rather than iron them yourself.|
|Have each family member take on an additional household task.|
|Get curb side recycling instead of
recycling it yourself. |
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when you learn to time your actions.
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About the Author:
Copyright © 2005 Coach Jan Hornford
Jan Hornford is a Life Coach & Certified Retreat Coach whose
passion is to help individuals re-connect with their own wisdom
and power and to support them to create the life they want. Her
retreats offer the opportunity to experience joyful self-care,
connection, and possibility. For more information, please take a
look at her website:
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