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Managing time – its’ about priorities

“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants.  The question is what are we busy about.”

Henry David Thoreau

Hi lovely Motivation Seekers, how are you?  How did your week go?  Did you manage to focus on the end result, following our last Motivator.  Hope it made a difference for you.

I promised that we would have a few weeks on time management.  I love this quote, because it sums up what time management is all about.  We all have the same amount of time, everyone has 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  So we have at our disposal over 10,000 minutes every week!  Wow, that seems like an awful lot of time – what do we do with it all?

Whilst it seems like there is a lot of time, it’s all about how we spend it.  Becoming aware of that is a great first step.  If you are feeling overwhelmed and disorganised and stressed because of that horrible feeling of not having enough time, it’s time to make some changes.  We might feel like it is all totally out of our control, but small tweaks to our habits can make a big difference.  Click here for a worksheet that helps you keep track of all the “stuff” you fit into your week.  It seems really detailed, but it is going to absolutely help you see what is going on and lead you to decide what you can do about it.

The other thing to work on is the beliefs that may be impacting on your time management.  I know for myself, I was always very “work” orientated.  I had a belief that I had to work hard to be accepted and to feel like I was achieving.  It didn’t make for a very happy life and put constant pressure on me….not a good way to be.  I have now changed that belief and know the importance of prioritising other aspects of my life, so I have more balance.  I still love my work, but it has to fit in around my life, rather than being the focus of my life.  I also know what reduces my stress levels and doing those things helps me be more relaxed, happier and more productive, so I am now capable of working smarter rather than harder.

So for this week, I suggest you keep track of your time “spend” by using the worksheet above.  When you do that, you may see some patterns emerging.  Frequently a pattern of behaviour is brought about by a belief that limits you.  Think of any beliefs going on that are impacting on how you spend your time and what you are doing and think about how you want it to be.  When you know what you want to achieve, you will then know what little tweaks to your daily habits are needed.  That’s a great place to start!

Have a brilliant week, trying out new ways of managing and prioritising your time.