Wise Words Wednesday.....Time Management Habits
Posted on 27th September 2017 at 12:06
“He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign.” – Victor Hugo
Not Enough Time
Last week a client told me that she found her job quite stressful working in a residential care home. She has been working as a Manager for nearly 18 months. She also said that because she got so stressed, she made sure she took lots of holidays and this equated to 30 days a year. When I asked her what she did to cope with her stress when she wasn’t on holiday she said she didn’t do anything because she didn’t have time!
When you find yourself saying “I don’t have enough time” or words to that effect, what kind of personal reality are you creating for yourself?
Time Management is a Habit
It’s true we all have access to 24 hours a day, yet some people seem to manage their time so that they achieve their balance between life, work, family, friends, fun and having valuable ‘me’ time.
I use to say, “I always have too much work to do and never have enough time’ a great deal. I realise now that this recurring thought that led me to make similar choices.
I would take on more work rather than say ‘no’ and I would list at least 20 tasks on my ‘to do’ list. I then set the expectation of completing all my tasks on the same day, knowing full well that this wasn’t realistic.
These choices then led to some interesting behaviours. I would rush from one thing to another because I was always playing catch up and I hardly stopped for breaks, most times eating whilst working.
My experience on a day to day to basis was that there was a lot of pressure to get things done and then not really knowing what I had achieved although I had been busy working all day and night. My experience left me feeling tired, exhausted and frustrated most days.
Time management is a habit because your thoughts lead to the choices you make. Your choices determine how you are going to behave. Your behaviours and actions are going to lead to an experience and the end result of an experience is an emotion or feeling.
This is a model of change that Dr Joe Dispenza talks about in his book called Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself. Overtime your habits become part of your personality and your personality creates your personal reality. In my case my reality was that life was pretty frantic, full on and not much fun.
The only way you can change your habits around time management is to create new thoughts regarding time.
I now find myself saying ‘I prioritise how I spend my time on a day to day basis’.
I choose to organise my day so I prioritise time for exercise, meditation and breaks. I set realistic timescales for completing task by scheduling important and high energy tasks in the morning. I find that when I attend to tasks my mind is a lt more focused.
My experience on a day to day basis is that I achieve my tasks with ease in a more planned and organised manner. This leaves me feeling satisfied, content and fulfilled. Life now feels more balanced and meaningful, knowing that I am in control.
Changing habits is not an overnight process. The first step is to become conscious of your habits which you may or may not be aware of. First all notice what some of your recurring thoughts are about time. Identify what choices you make and how you behave. What do you experience when you behave in this way and how does that leave you feeling?
Over to You
I would love to hear your thoughts on time management and habits that you may have consciously or unconsciously created. Leave a comment below.
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