The Wealth Inside your Day
Our life is full of minutes that add into hours which form days and make up our years.
Here are some tips for Unleashing the Potential of your time.
Recognize Time’s Richness!
The first step in making our time work better for us is recognizing that time is a truly valuable commodity. The way we recognize, value and utilize time makes a major difference in how we experience it. The way we use and spend time can facilitate better health, well-being, and happiness for oneself & our communities. Careful management is helps us reach our goals, build upon our skilsets, honour our values, and unleash our true potential!
While it won’t always be possible to eliminate things that we don’t enjoy; choosing to approach even our less-liked tasks in a focused way and with mindfulness will increase our productivity – we can enjoy HOW we complete tasks that “we don’t enjoy”.
Being aware of the preciousness of time helps balance work and responsibilities with the larger context of personal achievement and satisfaction. This contributes to a healthy work/life balance that is conducive to experiencing increased contentment and joy.
It’s a beautiful thing that we don’t have to wait, we can start proactively living our lives right now.
Steer Clear of the ‘Busy’ Trap
Being busy does not necessarily translate into being productive nor does it guarantee that time is well spent.
Constant motion can actually detract us from making progress toward our goals and completing what is most important to us. If we allow ourselves to get habituated to running for the sake of running we may get stuck in a cycle of never-ending busyness. This may leave us feeling that we are losing track of time or cannot ever catch up or get ahead. It may also lead us to a falsely mistaking busyness for progress.
Reflect for a moment, reassess by evaluating what is actually necessary. Decide to keep what ‘adds’ to your life in positive ways and choose to let go of what is not.
Slow down. It is worth it. Just the act of intentionally changing your pace can result in creating possibilities where only never-ending busyness lived before.
Where we place our Focus fills our Time
Efficient (adj.) – Performing or functioning in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort. The difference between effectiveness and efficiency can be summed up shortly, sweetly and succinctly – Being effective is about doing the right things, while being efficient is about doing things right.
Excellent time management is centred on the marriage of effectiveness and efficiency that multiplies the power of focused efforts. This big-picture approach to daily priorities makes time and you better partners in getting things done.
Take Time to Be Mindful
When life is demanding it is easy to place self-care at the bottom of the priority list. This can be counterproductive.
Taking time, each day, to check-in with where one is at and investing in mental and physical well-being is valuable.
Maybe this means rethinking how ‘spare’ time gets spent, committing to a healthy lunch, or just being purposeful about taking ten minutes to be still before the day begins.
Caring for ourselves can lead to increased focus, boosted productivity, and pay dividends with increased energy levels. In addition, being in tune with what’s going on on the inside allows us to align our choices with core values and assists in building a rich sense of integrity.
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• *Data can be used beyond mere entertainment.
• *Nourish your mind podcasts, read here.
Believe in Your Potential
This might seem obvious, but it is worth noting. If you don’t invest in your inherent potential who will? People may offer you opportunities, but will you honour them? Will you create opportunities for yourself to grow? You can’t prioritize unleashing your potential if you don’t believe you’ve got any!
Future success requires that you take time to identify your personal core values and skillsets.
Conscientiously choosing to develop skills and cultivate talents is a foundational part of tending to your potential. You’ve got to make & follow through with decisions in order to give yourself reasons to believe in your strength & capabilities. It takes time but it is well worth it.
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