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Finding Time to Dance Through Transitions with Your Intuition and Priority Power™

Posted on June 13, 2012 by , under Time Priorities, Transitions and Time.

Finding time to dance with your priorities is a graceful and empowering way to remain effective in times of transition. In much the same way that dancing requires balance between your right foot and your left foot, transitions require coordination between your right-brain intuition and your left-brain planning and Priority Power™.

In today’s post, we’ll talk about the restorative power of your intuition.  It can be especially helpful as you navigate the uncharted waters that transitions, by definition, take you to.

Your intuition always knows when change is afoot. This understanding runs deeper than words, like sensing a subtle vibration. So as you undergo transitions, give yourself periods of restful silence to attune yourself. Then listen carefully for shifting rhythms throughout your day.

When old routines are disrupted, these new impressions might seem jangled and jumbled at first. But little by little, you can discern and shape new patterns that fit your evolving life.  This input from your right-brain can then inform your left-brain planning and prioritizing activities.  Intuition offers deeply organic, vital information to your left-brain that enhances your Priority Power™ in ways that simply would not be possible otherwise.

A journal is an ideal way to tap the wisdom of your intuition. Even 15 minutes of uncensored, free-writing daily allows new feelings and impressions to bubble up into your awareness. Reviewing what you write, especially over a few days, can be extremely enlightening!

Here are a few questions you can ask yourself as you begin your writing time:

  1. What has entered my life?
  2. What feelings does this bring up?
  3. What feels out of balance?
  4. What restores balance for me?
  5. What is my first step in my new dance?

Using your intuition to strengthen and maintain your Priority Power™ as you navigate your transitions will enhance your productivity, teach you new things about yourself, and help you make even better use of your time!

So. are you interested in learning more about the Heart-Based Time Management™ Path?  Here’s one way that you can transform and deepen your relationship to time in the Heart-Based Way … I invite you to explore Secrets of Heart-Based Time Management™ - my chapter in the book I co-authored - Stepping Stones to Success!  In it I share my proven system for exploring and harnessing the power of your mind, your body and your spirit to help you deepen your experience of time and of your life.

As you work with the ideas I offer, you’ll explore your patterns, clarify your values, identify and prioritize your goals … and create your path for achieving them.  You can give yourself the gift of this wonderful resource today, and get started on your journey toward success, Stepping Stone by Stepping Stone …just click this link to get the details!

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Find Time by Factoring Dependencies Into Collaboration: Increase Your Priority Power™

Posted on May 9, 2012 by , under Time Management Skills, Time Priorities.

Finding time requires working in collaboration sometimes. And working closely with others can be complicated; there are lots of variables to consider.

So, to combine forces as effectively as possible, try thinking in terms of dependencies.  When you do, your Priority Power™ will rise appreciably.

Is “dependency” in project management a term that you’re familiar with?

Basically, when an enterprise you’re engaged in calls for collaboration, the “dependency” is someone outside of your immediate work group who plays an essential role in your achieving your goals. When you prioritize tasks, dependencies must be factored in and accounted for.

Let’s say, for example, that you work closely with a number of different departments at your job. You establish a working budget for each quarter, and the finance department supplies you with the figures. Since they usually take four weeks to gather and compile the necessary data, you prioritize your request and make it well in advance of your due date. This way, you get the data you need with time to spare.

And of course, others depend on YOU, too.

Maybe it’s your daughter, who counts on you to create her costume for the school play. To be ready to play her part, she depends on you to do yours.  And, without a second thought, you give this task top priority. Your openhearted commitment to support your child, and her reliance upon you, establish this project’s high priority as you plan your week.

So try consciously welcoming dependencies as you frame your collaborative work.  See how your productivity increases with every incremental step forward.

Notice, too, how your greater sensitivity to others’ schedules and needs creates more flow and good will. That is a time-enhancer that not only makes you more efficient and effective, but also adds quality and inner quietude to your busy day.

So, want to learn more about how you can expand and deepen your time and efforts … in whatever areas you choose? Here’s a great way to explore avenues to increasing your time skills and heart-based power – whether it’s in your business, or your personal life.  I am so pleased to be able to offer my expertise and support as The Official SelfGrowth.com Guide to “Time Management”.

You can visit by clicking the link, and when you do you’ll find lots of time management articles by experts in the field, along with a vibrant and welcoming on-line community. Stop by my Expert Page and leave a comment or question … or just say hello.  There are lots of ways to connect … let’s get started!

 

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Finding Time for Decisiveness and Productivity with Priority Power™

Posted on April 25, 2012 by , under Time Choices, Time Priorities.

Finding time and using it well becomes so much easier when you are clear about your priorities and give yourself permission to be decisive about following through on them.  That’s what I call Priority Power™!

What needs to change from day to day?  What’s indispensable?

You see, the power lies entirely in your hands.  You’re the one who decides.  And it’s a back-and-forth process, in that your decisions shape your priorities, and then your priorities can skillfully shape future decisions.

Building Priority Power™ can help you right from square one, as you create an ideal start to your day.  With your priorities in place, you know your path and everything that’s likely to be on it. Even setbacks and surprises feel more manageable, because you’re familiar with the factors you need to weigh.

Sounds rewarding, doesn’t it?

Prioritizing is a Heart-Based Time Management™ Tool. It links your heart, your mind, and your responsiveness to ongoing change. Here are some benefits you enjoy when you proactively and consistently prioritize:

  • You feel safe.  When you calmly weigh your options, your time choices are grounded and realistic.
  • You feel relaxed.  When your priorities are clear, you have made your peace with what comes first and what might need to wait.
  • Your time is uncluttered.  When you prioritize, you simplify. The more you exercise decisiveness, the stronger your “prioritizing muscles” become.
  • You feel confident.  Your skill at prioritizing helps you stay nimble as new situations arise.
  • You experience inner abundance.  You know, right down to your toes, that fulfillment arises from heart-based prioritizing. So you commit to use your time accordingly.

In upcoming posts, we’ll explore other aspects of Priority Power™ and how you can positively enjoy its role in your life! And, in the meantime, I’d love to know how you increase your decisiveness and productivity?  Are there particular practices or tools that you find helpful?

And are there time topics that you’d like to read more about here?  Please feel invited to drop me a line – I’d love to hear from you and serve your time finding needs!

So, want to learn more about how you can expand and deepen your time and efforts … in whatever areas you choose? Here’s a great way to explore avenues to increasing your time skills and heart-based power – whether it’s in your business, or your personal life.  I am so pleased to be able to offer my expertise and support as The Official SelfGrowth.com Guide to “Time Management”.

You can visit by clicking the link, and when you do you’ll find lots of time management articles by experts in the field, along with a vibrant and welcoming on-line community. Stop by my Expert Page and leave a comment or question … or just say hello.  There are lots of ways to connect … let’s get started!

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Priorities – Using Life Experiences to Enrich and Deepen Them Over Time

Posted on April 15, 2014 by , under Time as We Age, Time Priorities.

Priorities and AgingPriorities can be difficult to sort out sometimes – especially in all the clamor of everyday life.

Have you noticed that?

And sometimes it feels like that is compounded by aging. (more…)

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Finding Time for June’s Time Finder Favorites

Posted on July 2, 2012 by , under Time After Time.

Finding time to reflect before moving ahead is always time well spent.  So let’s pause right now and take a quick look back at what Time Finder readers were perusing last month!

After the Linkedin hacking episode, security concerns were high on the list in June, with our Cyber Monday post titled Find Time to Upgrade Your Passwords and Stay Safe This Cyber Monday coming in at number one.

Your passwords are one element of your on-line protection that you can have total control over – so I advise you to make them as complicated as possible.

A tool that can be very helpful, both for generating and storing passwords is Last Pass. As mentioned in the CNN article, it comes well reviewed and is extremely secure (from everything we’ve read). Another plus is the fact that it is web-based, so you can access the passwords you need no matter where you are and what device you’re using to check in from.

It was another Cyber Monday post that came in second, namely:  Find Time This Cyber Monday with Pocket: Save it for Later and Stay on Track Now!  Did you take a look?  If not, you may want to now – or save it for later, in your Pocket!

From a time management point of view, the great thing about Pocket is that it gives you a quick and easy way to save the interesting things you discover so that you can let them go and stay on track with whatever you are currently doing. Your productivity is enhanced because you don’t lose focus. Just a simple click of the + Pocket button and your material is saved for future reference.

Transitions were a big topic this month, with Finding Time to Dance Through Transitions with Your Intuition and Priority Power™ and Finding Time to Dance with Change: Coordinate Your Intuition with Your Calendar being among the top-ranking posts on this timely topic.

Finding time in periods of change and transition requires reestablishing balance. This is a skill that you can develop and hone for yourself. As you bring more intentionality to the process of managing change, what might start as a stagger can evolve into a dance!

And last but not least, Time Finder readers found time to celebrate our 4th year of blogging with us.  Did you catch Finding Time to Celebrate Accomplishments – The Time Finder’s 4th Year!

Finding time to celebrate accomplishments is a very positive and powerful way to enhance your relationship with yourself and give your energy a nice boost.

We were happy to celebrate with you – and to have the opportunity to encourage you to celebrate YOUR accomplishments.  Let us know a positive step you’ve taken or a goal you’ve reached … we’d love to hear!

Ready to start finding more time for yourself as you step into July?  My best wishes to you for a healthy, happy, and productive month!

And, here’s something more to consider.  Are you an entrepreneur, consultant, or small business owner who’s ready to take the next big step?  If you want to learn how to create and to keep a successful business running on your own, then this is for you! How to Create Credibility as a Freelancer is a booklet with 70 expert-proven tips that will help you recharge your energy and motivation, increase your visibility, and sharpen those vital organizational and time management skills.

Success is within your reach, so don’t wait.  Click here and get started today!

Let’s explore time together …

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Finding Time to Dance with Change: Coordinate Your Intuition with Your Calendar

Posted on June 27, 2012 by , under Transitions and Time.

Finding time in periods of change and transition requires reestablishing balance.  This is a skill that you can develop and hone for yourself.  As you bring more intentionality to the process of managing change, what might start as a stagger can evolve into a dance!

Earlier this month I wrote about Finding Time to Dance Through Transitions with Your Intuition and Priority Power™ and I noted that, “In much the same way that dancing requires balance between your right foot and your left foot, transitions require coordination between your right-brain intuition and your left-brain planning and Priority Power™.”

Dancing, of course, is a joyful coordination of left foot and right foot. In the same way, dancing with change requires having your right brain intuition and left brain logic work in harmony.

Today, I’d like to get a little bit more concrete and explore how to use your calendar to coordinate your intuitive overview with logistical demands.

Interestingly, that standardized grid of a calendar is a wonderful partner to intuition. That’s because it provides you with an overview that helps you perceive and ultimately coordinate developing rhythms.  Here are some ways that you can frame this for yourself:

  • Try color-coding your projects as you schedule individual action steps. This makes them easier to pick out.
  • Which tasks recur cyclically?
  • How much time does each step take?

The evolving pattern of emerging and receding demands forms the dance of your priorities. To pin things down for yourself and get specific about how you will be using your time, note on your calendar when each project must claim precedence and for how long.

Here are a few final tips to consider as you dance through change:

  • Along with chunking down projects into action steps, make liberal use of soft deadlines.
  • Color-coding is really a wonderful (and powerful) tool to incorporate into your repertoire.  It helps you conduct quick scans and avoid logjams.
  • The more you befriend your calendar and dance with your priorities, the more flow you can enjoy.
  • And while you are at it, remember to schedule in time to recharge your batteries. Then, your calendar supports your overall well-being as well as your productivity.

Are you interested in learning more about the Heart-Based Time Management™ Path?  Here’s one way that you can transform and deepen your relationship to time in the Heart-Based Way … I invite you to explore Secrets of Heart-Based Time Management™ - my chapter in the book I co-authored - Stepping Stones to Success!  In it I share my proven system for exploring and harnessing the power of your mind, your body and your spirit to help you deepen your experience of time and of your life.

As you work with the ideas I offer, you’ll explore your patterns, clarify your values, identify and prioritize your goals … and create your path for achieving them.  You can give yourself the gift of this wonderful resource today, and get started on your journey toward success, Stepping Stone by Stepping Stone …just click this link to get the details!

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Find Time for May’s Time Finder Favorites

Posted on June 5, 2012 by , under Time After Time.

Finding time to start something new is a process that is always deepened and enhanced when it is built upon what has come before.  So, as we step into the month of June, the experiences of May can come with us to inform and enlarge the journey.  So, what posts were the readers of The Time Finder most drawn to in May?

Interestingly, it was a post from mid-April that topped the list.  Find Time for the 5-Minute Solution and Nip Procrastination in the Bud!  If procrastination is an issue for you, you’ll want to click the link and explore this practical and powerful plan:

Finding time to overcome procrastination is a challenge that you can actually address in just 5-minutes – with 100% success – all the time! I know that sounds like an extremely bold claim, but in my experience, it really is true.

Find Time for Some Digital Media Resources from Mashable on Cyber Monday was next on the list of May’s top posts.  It’s a challenge to keep up with changes on the digital landscape …

That’s why I like to check sources like Mashable, Lifehacker, CNET, Wired, and PCMag.com occasionally – and most especially when they offer Top 10 Lists and other aggregations of information. There are people for whom monitoring the digital world is a full-time job (as well as a passion).

Staying on track and getting tasks and projects done on time involves some key time management skills.  This post (Find Time Using Soft Deadlines) offers you one that you may not have considered.

Soft deadlines are due dates that you set for yourself, ahead of whatever your final deadlines may be. You can think of them as brightly colored buoys bobbing over rocks and shoals, marking the entrance to your harbor.

And is procrastination a challenge for you?  Here’s an idea (Find Time to Play Your Way Out of Paralyzing Procrastination) that might surprise you – and might just do the trick!

Do you find looming deadlines stressful to the point of stopping you in your tracks? It can be a nightmarish feeling when the clock is ticking, your panic is mounting, and you feel like you’re losing ground with each passing moment. Sound familiar? The harder you try, the more your mind goes blank. Ideas and inspiration dry up.

Last but not least, Time Finder readers were drawn to Find Time by Factoring Dependencies Into Collaboration: Increase Your Priority Power™.  Setting priorities and using them powerfully is a matter of planning – and this post offers some excellent tips.

Basically, when an enterprise you’re engaged in calls for collaboration, the “dependency” is someone outside of your immediate work group who plays an essential role in your achieving your goals. When you prioritize tasks, dependencies must be factored in and accounted for.

I hope you enjoyed seeing your favorites here.  Did we miss one?  Are there subjects that you’d like me to address?  Please let me know so I can best serve your time-finding needs!

And would you like to learn more about how you can expand and deepen your time and efforts … in whatever areas you choose? Here’s a great way to explore avenues to increasing your time skills and heart-based power – whether it’s in your business, or your personal life.  I am so pleased to be able to offer my expertise and support as The Official SelfGrowth.com Guide to “Time Management”.

You can visit by clicking the link, and when you do you’ll find lots of time management articles by experts in the field, along with a vibrant and welcoming on-line community. Stop by my Expert Page and leave a comment or question … or just say hello.  There are lots of ways to connect … let’s get started!

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Find Time to Know the Why’s When You Prioritize!

Posted on May 30, 2012 by , under Time Priorities.

Finding time and managing it well is very often a matter of how we prioritize.  That’s why strengthening your Priority Power™ is one of the fundamental time tools you can use for increasing your efficiency and effectiveness.

But are you always on board with your own priorities?  How fully do you own them?  What happens when words like ‘should’ or ‘have-to’ are attached to items on your priority list?

Well, I recently read a very interesting post on lifehacker titled “If You Want to Actually Finish the Tasks on Your To-Do List, Include Why You Should Do Them” that I found at once powerful and fascinating.  It draws from an article by Michael Pantalon, Ph.D. in Psychology Today titled “Influence Yourself With a “Why-Do” List” and speaks to the impact that our relationship with ourselves has on our productivity.

Basically, if your tasks spring from your goals and aspirations, and your goals and aspirations spring from your heart, then your productivity is an organic outgrowth of those key connections.

But how do you get there?  Well, what these authors suggest is that you ask yourself why this item is on your list to begin with.  Frame the question as a positive.  Rather than asking:  “Why can’t I get this done?” ask yourself “Why do I want to do this?”

This is where you’ll discover your heart’s connection to the task.  Or, equally important, you may discover that a task isn’t really important to you – and you can remove it from your list!

As you start sifting through your priorities and asking yourself why, you’ll be enhancing your productivity and making even more of your time!

Well. are you interested in learning more about the Heart-Based Time Management™ Path?  Here’s one way that you can transform and deepen your relationship to time in the Heart-Based Way … I invite you to explore Secrets of Heart-Based Time Management™ - my chapter in the book I co-authored - Stepping Stones to Success!  In it I share my proven system for exploring and harnessing the power of your mind, your body and your spirit to help you deepen your experience of time and of your life.

As you work with the ideas I offer, you’ll explore your patterns, clarify your values, identify and prioritize your goals … and create your path for achieving them.  You can give yourself the gift of this wonderful resource today, and get started on your journey toward success, Stepping Stone by Stepping Stone …just click this link to get the details!

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Find Time Using Soft Deadlines

Posted on May 8, 2012 by , under Time Management Skills, Time Priorities.

Finding time by using Priority Power™ is empowering, energizing, and adds flow as you navigate your day.  As you work with your time priorities, soft deadlines are a particularly useful tool.

“Soft deadlines?  That sounds like an oxymoron!  What are they?” you ask.

Soft deadlines are due dates that you set for yourself, ahead of whatever your final deadlines may be.  You can think of them as brightly colored buoys bobbing over rocks and shoals, marking the entrance to your harbor.

These are friendly deadlines that serve a twofold purpose:

  • They help you spot potential snags and
  • They tell you when you are nearing home!

Your soft deadlines give you the chance to plan that much earlier for what’s coming up.  And that planning makes your progress that much safer and more pleasurable.

Completing a task prior to the last minute not only supports your success – it also enhances your flexibility. Sudden changes and unexpected glitches won’t throw you when you routinely provide yourself with earlier, soft deadlines. You’ll find it easier to tie up loose ends and handle the unanticipated when you give yourself that cushion.

Ready to start?

Try creating some soft deadlines for your most significant tasks. Mark them in your calendar, and consider writing all soft deadlines in one color, and adding the hard deadlines in another to easily distinguish between the two. Then practice focusing on the soft deadline, so that you create some spaciousness in your schedule.

More spaciousness equals less stress, and a deeper capacity to enjoy the moment you are in.  Now, that’s Priority Power™!

And are you interested in learning more about the Heart-Based Time Management™ Path?  Here’s one way that you can transform and deepen your relationship to time in the Heart-Based Way … I invite you to explore Secrets of Heart-Based Time Management™ - my chapter in the book I co-authored - Stepping Stones to Success!  In it I share my proven system for exploring and harnessing the power of your mind, your body and your spirit to help you deepen your experience of time and of your life.

As you work with the ideas I offer, you’ll explore your patterns, clarify your values, identify and prioritize your goals … and create your path for achieving them.  You can give yourself the gift of this wonderful resource today, and get started on your journey toward success, Stepping Stone by Stepping Stone …just click this link to get the details!

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Finding Time by Viewing Deadlines Through Fresh Eyes

Posted on May 2, 2012 by , under Time and Energy, Time Priorities.

Finding time to actively welcome and appreciate each moment can liven up your day.  And something as simple as changing how you view deadlines can help.

So, if you feel haunted by the upcoming red circles on your calendar, how about trying a fresh way of working with them?  Approaching your deadlines differently and concluding your tasks in a timely manner definitely regenerates your Priority Power™.

Let’s start with the basics in your approach to your deadlines.  First and foremost, “deadlines” sound so … dead.  I prefer to think of them as “due dates”, instead.

What a positive re-framing of the concept.  Each completed task not only marks the end of something – it also “births” new possibilities!

Notice how planning for “due dates” can help you focus with anticipation, not dread. This powerful-yet-simple renaming encourages you to stay on task and also to think ahead to the next chapter of your work.

When your goal is something that you view as positive, then obstacles (including distractions that appeal to you) become impediments that keep you from something you desire.  Each time a temptation threatens your success, it becomes easier to steer clear.  And procrastination becomes less of an issue, too – because you have prioritized your projects, charted a destination and developed a clear and positive path to follow to success.

Are there time topics that you’d like to read more about here?  Please feel invited to drop me a line – I’d love to hear from you and serve your time finding needs!

So, want to learn more about how you can expand and deepen your time and efforts … in whatever areas you choose? Here’s a great way to explore avenues to increasing your time skills and heart-based power – whether it’s in your business, or your personal life.  I am so pleased to be able to offer my expertise and support as The Official SelfGrowth.com Guide to “Time Management”.

You can visit by clicking the link, and when you do you’ll find lots of time management articles by experts in the field, along with a vibrant and welcoming on-line community. Stop by my Expert Page and leave a comment or question … or just say hello.  There are lots of ways to connect … let’s get started!

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