Time doesn't need to be managed but there is something you can and do need to manage
- By Tracey Hancock
You're probably familiar with the concept of time management. If you haven't done a time management course, you've most likely heard of them and perhaps even considered doing one, someday.
Faced with a mile long To Do list and a seemingly endless number of demands and distractions, it's common for people to want to learn about time management. It's as if somehow the course will allow them to create more hours in the day so they can get everything done.
While you can learn some interesting things on time management courses, it's not really getting to the heart of the matter.
You see time doesn't need managing. There's 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week. It doesn't change. Time is time.
What you can and do need to manage
So if time is constant, what can we manage? What do we need to do?
The key to success is to understand your priorities. Without clarity about what's important to you, you're likely to say "yes" to anything that comes along. Doing that means your To Do list will get longer, you'll continue to get busier, your stress levels will keep going up, and your health will suffer. And I'll go one step further, you won't achieve your dreams and goals in life and business.
Having clarity about what's important to you is incredibly empowering. Clarity means you can be purposeful or intentional about where you focus your attention and energy. It also means you can say "no" when it's appropriate to do so.
Make you and your health your number 1 priority.
Now you're likely to have a number of roles, so on any given day you could be wearing several hats. But let's start with you. What are your 'must do' activities to support and elevate your health? It might be meditating, having a morning cuppa sitting in your favourite sunny spot, or going to the gym and so on. These are activities that if you do them consistently you can show up each day as the best version of yourself and perform well.
Prioritise these activities first. By doing that, other 'things' can still be done, IF there's time and IF you choose to say 'yes'.
Compare doing this with what happens when other people's demands and expectations take priority. It can feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to do all the things that come your way. It's overwhelming, frustrating and downright annoying as you realise you not making progress or living your life fully now.
The power is in your hands. Be clear about your priorities, schedule them first and fit other things in..
If you have any specific questions relating to this article about managing your priorities or there's anything I can help you with further let me know.
Tracey Hancock is a coach and mentor to people wanting to put their health at the heart of everything they do so they can achieve true success in life and business. Using the High Quality Health principles you can create a plan that’s specifically tailored for you to achieve your life and business dreams and goals.
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