Self care is so essential for a healthy, happy life. It’s so important to be aware of this when we life in such a fast performance based culture. Society has forgotten the importance of ‘being’ and not just ‘doing’. Has it slipped our minds, that we have a choice how we spend our time?
The power of time ownership has made a significant difference to helping me take control of my work/life balance. This mindset is all a matter of choice and when realized is liberating. Life throws curve balls sometimes but I choose to be as efficient as I can.
Making this choice helps me keep clarity on my purpose and my vision and allows me to think and spend quality time with loved ones.
“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn
My 6 Top Tips For Taking Time Ownership:
Be In The Moment – Remember we are human “beings” not “doings”. Although it’s great to have plans & personal goals in place I’m very conscious that life is not just about hitting target after target. Don’t count the moments, make the moments count. Be aware of what is going on around you. Wherever you are, be there! Take ownership of each action you take during the day. Remember, you are always free to choose your quality of life.
Decide Your Highest Priorities – Its important to become aware of how you are spending your time. I started by writing down a normal day for me. I used a set of highlights to show where I was spending my time each week – this was an eye opener! By giving priority to the important things in my day this gives me more balance in my week. Priorities for me are time with loved ones, self development, study, work & training. Make time with friends and family quality time. Maybe you could make it an aim to manage your time better so that others see you as a role model for their own work habits.
Create To Do Lists & Daily Schedules – Its important to start each day with mindfulness, moments to find clarity on what you want to accomplish. Each morning try writing a list of what you want to achieve for the day. Once you have a master list for your day’s activities, the next step is to organize this list in order of priority. Once your master list is organized, it becomes a map to guide you through the day in an effective and efficient way. Of course life happens, but ticking off lists can help keep it stay simple and help you not get stressed out. You will soon develop the habit of using your list as a blueprint for the day. I use my diary but I have friends that use their smart phones. There are so many apps to help you stay organized in work and in life. You can bring order out of chaos faster with a list than with any other time management tool. Lets aim for maximum productivity during our days.
Schedule Cuppa Breaks – Stop & breathe, find joy in the moments you have. You’re more likely to be productive if you make a brew and take a time out during your day.
It’s OK to say no – Setting boundaries is not always an easy task but its a great habit to get into. Don’t forget its your choice to focus and concentrate on your highest-value tasks, or to choose to spend your time on activities that contribute little value to your life or others. You can choose to be positive or you can choose to be negative.
“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, non – apologetically to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is to have a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside.” – Stephen Covey.
Positive Self Talk – Positive Self Talk is something that you have to work on everyday. We all have good days and bad but stay consistent with your good self talk. This is a proven way to improve your time. Positive self talk has helped me fight off anxiety and stay grounded. It is a skill that has helped people for years fight depression, panic attacks and more to achieve extraordinary things. Stop beating yourself up over mistakes and learn to enjoy life each day as it comes. We can’t control what happens to us but we can control how we react to it. Let things go, things that have stopped you in the past, learn from your mistakes but don’t dwell on them. They only happened to teach you a lesson that you can use in the future. Be aware of the power of affiliation, surround yourself with people that see life in a positive way. Do you want to be Motivated? Happy? Empowering? No more negative self talk. Positive affirmations will change you and change your world. Your attitudes and actions will take you to greater opportunities and you will be a happier person for it.
I read of a man who stood to speak
At a funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning – to the end
He noted that first came her date of birth
Spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.
For that dash represented all the time
That she spent alive on earth…….
And now only those who loved her
Know what that time was worth.
For it matters not, how much we own,
The cars…the house….the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard……..
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger,
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile.
Remembering that this special dash
Might last but a little while.
So, when your eulogy’s being read
Life’s actions to rehash………
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?
– Linda Ellis
Your Time Is Your Choice.
This is a great listen to getting perspective on how you spend your time:
What do you do to help manage your time?
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Sarah Ellen X