Remember this approach to change from last newsletter? I’ve adapted it to think about your time management system and how it might work better for you.
We need to start big picture, which you’ll see, and then work into the practicalities. And if you want even more on the practical side, that’s the focus of the next newsletter article.
The approach came about from an article that inspired me. In the Huffington Post, a new column named “Sophia,”is a project for collecting life lessons from fascinating people (not the rich/famous, but the fascinating). The interviewee talked about life, bigger picture; my focus here is adapting it to how we use and want to use our time.
Open up all your senses. With respect to time management, open up to more awareness and being mindful of everything related to time. And then answer this so you know where you are headed: What if you had what you want from your time; what would that do for you?
Perch: Perching from above you and your days, get clear on what you want more of and less of. Where does your time go? What is the point for you of using your time well? What does that mean to you? What is and is not working about how your time flows through your life? What do you see? Can you step back and see what you would like to sustain and what you would like to change?
Pivot: If you feel stuck, pivot. Try on a different attitude or be a different person from yourself, just for a minute. You can pivot, look around, see from afar and decide which way you will head. Like a weathervane in the wind would. (That’s partly what my coaching is about, stepping back, which we don’t often get to do in our busy, daily lives.) Questions to ask: What change might lead you out of the stuck place? Where could you focus first to make an impact, just one small place you do it differently and make some progress.
Pivot and Turn for A Different Perspective
Re-situate: Experiment with different routines, different ways to group or together similar tasks, doing tasks when you don’t think you have the right energy, just to change it up. How could you be more flexible, let go of what you’re holding onto perhaps too tightly, or resisting? What about your situation really cannot change … and work from there.
Keep track of your progress: How will you know that you’re closer to where you want to be? Notice how you react. Experiment with the fine tuning the parts of your time management system that need work. Keep track of the smallest steps and progress; this will spur you on. If you feel as if you are failing at something, instead, get curious and see what you can learn about what happened.
Use this “exercise plan” if you need to figure out how your time management system can work better for you.