Time: Friend or Foe?

Some scientists say time is relative.  Most people don't think they have enough of it.  Some of us waste it.  Some of us try to buy it.  No matter what your relationship with time, or beliefs about it, there are ways to make peace with the fact that we have 24 hours in a day, and if we spend time as if it were not just gold but platinum, we would be happier and more productive.

Here are my top 3 tips for getting the most out of your time.

1.  Focus on what really matters to you.

Day to day that is going to change.  The only way you will know what is important for a particular day, hour or  moment is to check in with yourself. 

Are you feeling energetic and have a fabulous idea for yourself or your business?  Why not get to it right now, or schedule the time to do it?  

Creativity (and money) like speed.  Feeling ill or upset?  This would be the time to pull back and check in with yourself about what is happening.  Need to rest?  Need to pass off or drop a project? 

By being very clear about what is needed at this moment, and focusing on that, you will use your time in the best way for you.

2. Notice how you work best.

Are you a morning person, or a night owl?

Do you like to work on projects in big chunks or break them up into small manageable bites. 

Do you get bored easily?  

In answering these questions you can know how to maximize your particular style and energy patterns.  Why fight against who you really are?  That kind of resistance can set us up for frustration and failure.  Honor your unique working patterns and make them work for, instead of against you.

3. Live and work in the present.

There is a theory that all we really have is NOW.  The past is gone and the future isn't here yet.   What this means to me is that I let go of old regrets about how I messed up in the past, and I give up worrying about how I might mess up in the future.  All I can really have control over in myself, right now.  Everything else is noise to distract me from enjoying today to its fullest and being my most productive and creative at this moment.  The more we can be present, the more time we seem to have.  Things go smoothly; people either get out of our way, or come readily to our aid.

Action Items:

Think about your relationship with time.  Try one of the tips above and see if it makes a difference.  I would love to hear about the results.