5 Tips for the Best Approach to Time Management:


Almost every successful person has learned how to efficiently manage time. In your own career arc, it becomes obvious that increased responsibility brings greater time pressure. If you don't manage your daily schedule to maximum effect, a cascade of problems starts to develop. Feeling rushed and pressured, you become vulnerable to stress. Work has to be brought home; deadlines mount. In many cases, there's a negative backlash in relationships and family life. "There's never enough hours in the day" has become such a chronic problem that so-called "time sickness" has become the hidden epidemic of modern life.

There are basically two ways to manage time: the external and the internal approach. Yet for most people, only the external approach exists, because they look upon time like an hour glass running out. There’s a fixed amount of sand in the hour glass, and it falls away becoming less and less until none is left. The external approach forces you to live by the clock, and your success depends on getting everything done before time runs out. The major drawback of the external approach is that even if you succeed in beating the clock, events "out there" are in control, and there's no guarantee that you will ever escape the pressure and stress imposed by clock time.

Only an internal approach can solve pressure and stress, which are the real problems. When we feel stressed, the mind doesn't operate efficiently, and high stress is associated with physical problems as well, beginning with loss of sleep. This leads to increasing inefficiency, poor decision making, forgetfulness, and irritability with co-workers and family. In short, the greatest inefficiency with time is psychological and mental; therefore, an inner approach far surpasses an external approach to time management.

So what does an inner approach consist of? The steps are fairly clear:

1. Stop measuring your day by the clock.

2. Change your belief that time is running short.

3. Realize that time is always psychologically colored.

4. Arrange your time schedule for best psychological results.

5. Nurture a state of awareness based upon inner calm and stability.

To amplify these points:

1. Stop measuring your day by the clock.

Most people, whether they admit it or not, are ruled by the clock. From hating to stand in a long line, fuming at a slow morning commute, and rushing to make meetings on time, to finding little time for relaxation and intimacy in one's relationships—the evidence of "time sickness" is everywhere. It's not easy to escape this vicious circle, because the harder you fight to beat the clock, the more your frustration will build. The secret is to take back control of your time, which means that the things that actually matter to you should be given more time, while the things that don't matter should be minimized. Until you reclaim your priorities, the clock always wins.

2. Change your belief that time is running short.

We tend to accept that time lies ahead of us when we are young and runs out when we grow old. But this is only a belief, not an actual experience. The experience of time is that it happens now. Thinking about the past or fantasizing about the future also happen now. So time isn't like water dripping from a leaky bucket. It consists of being here now, and the more present you are, the more you can achieve. Because when you are present, you are aware, creative, receptive and responsive. Being present overcomes the notion that there is never enough time.

3. Realize that time is always psychologically colored.

Once you stop measuring your life by the clock, you will realize that time is a state of awareness, psychologically measured by how it feels. Good times go by quickly, bad times slowly. But other times, such as creative times and time for meditation, feel timeless. The more immersed you are in psychologically-rewarding activity, the better your use of time. The ultimate way to manage time is to make every moment matter, because life rewards us when our existence is meaningful. Your psychological attitude during the day is one of the best ways to know your own state of awareness. Life is rooted in awareness, and the more self-aware you are, the more meaningful your life will be.

4. Arrange your time schedule for best psychological results.

Work and family bring certain duties we have to meet, but even so, studies indicate that people have more free time than they realize. The problem is more about time management, or how we perceive time than actual lack of time. For example, millions of people work so hard that all they want to do is unwind after work. Restaurants and bars depend upon this, along with producers of television, movies, and video games. The cycle of work and distraction, repeated every day, turns time into a fixed routine, and routine dulls the mind. To break the cycle, make room every day for down time, inward time, and play time, even if each occupies only five or ten minutes of your day.

5. Nurture a state of awareness based upon inner calm and stability.

This is the best use of daily down time and inward time. As long as you experience only the unending activity of the restless mind, you won't be in control of your time, or your life. The reason meditation has come to the forefront in recent years is that it allows you to access a region of the mind where silence is the foundation, instead of constant activity. Meditation is the closest anyone can come to the experience of timelessness, a state where all beliefs about time, all pressure and stress, do not exist.

With these five steps in mind, you can move beyond clock time and all its drawbacks to awareness of time as something open, free, and creative. If you would like to learn how to integrate these concepts of time management more fully in your life, visit www.nikkibuckstead.com There you can learn about Holistic Life Coaching Programs as well as receive a free Life Coaching Discovery Session.

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