Find Time by Finding Reflection Points

Posted on February 13, 2009, under Time Choices.

Your Path!Finding time takes time. Time management takes time. It may seem obvious, but for many of us it isn’t. I remember talking to a friend some months ago about meditation and how powerfully it can reduce stress.

Her response? “If I had time to meditate, I wouldn’t need to meditate.”

The time management tips that I write and speak about all require time to implement. Time is precious, unrepeatable, and finite. That’s why it’s so important to make conscious choices about spending it!

Building “reflection points” into the rhythm of your life is one great way to enhance your time choices. What is a reflection point? It’s a moment in your day, or week, or month, when you pause and reflect on how things are going.

  • Are there goals you’re doing well on?
  • Things you meant to do but haven’t gotten to?
  • Relationships that need tending?
  • Accomplishments to celebrate?

You can focus on one thing or several – work with a journal or list – it’s entirely up to you.

The great thing about using reflection points is that they put you back in charge of your time choices. As life gets busy, it’s easy to start going from task to task and lose sight of the big picture. Pausing at a reflection point gives you the chance to ground yourself again in your values and your goals. It gives you a place for making changes and making a new beginning.

Your reflection points can be as frequent as you like. The more you use this time management tool, the more I think you will find it a helpful and refreshing pause.

Do you use reflection points in your life now? How often are they built into the rhythm of your living? What sorts of things do you reflect on? Leave a comment or drop me a line – I’d love to hear!

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Let’s explore time together …

There are 7 Responses to “Find Time by Finding Reflection Points”

#1 Paula Harvey - 15 February, 6:01 PM

This is great information Paula. I think it is so easy to get pulled into everyday activities that you do loose site of the big picture. I empower people to identify and align with their passions and values to live a more passionate life. Managing your time is an essential piece to this process. Thanks for the reminder.

#2 Paula - 15 February, 10:55 PM

Thank you, Paula. You are so right. Managing time choices to give oneself the gift of reflection points helps empower and enable each of us to align our lives more fully with our values. The way we use our time is the way we live our lives!

#3 Kathryn Merrow - The Pain Relief Coach - 17 February, 5:45 PM

Reflection and Rhythm…it even sounds good. Reflection, Rhythm, Relaxation. Getting in the groove…

Thank you for your thoughts and for getting us on the path.

#4 Paula - 18 February, 5:29 AM

Hi Kathryn – I love the image of getting in the groove! There is definitely a feeling of flow and rhythm when you are in sync with yourself, isn’t there? Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

#5 Alice - 22 February, 8:01 PM

I like the idea of reflection points. It is so easy to get caught in distractions, especially when working on the web.

#6 Paula - 23 February, 5:23 AM

Hi Alice – I so agree with you! I advise people to turn off their e-mail to enhance their focus when working online. Another idea is to give yourself periodic breaks to explore links on the web. That can help with staying focused, too. Here’s to your time success!

I'd love to hear what you think!

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