The way you use your time is the way you live your life.
That’s because technology can save us mounds of time AND it can eat up untold moments, often without us really even being aware. So, starting a new year (or even a new month) with some tech resolutions is a good way to move toward change by setting goals for yourself, and then staying on track with them.
Here are some suggestions to help you make this real for yourself and revolutionize your time:
The first thing to do, when embarking on any kind of a change is to get yourself grounded in the reality of where you are right now.
So, you’ll need to honestly observe yourself and your habits. Ask yourself concrete questions about where and how you spend your time … and write down the answers so that they, too, are concrete.
This can be a challenging process – especially if you are bringing a self-critical eye to it. So make this exploration a judgment-free process. That’s how you’ll gather the best information!
Now that you know where you are, the next step is to envision where you’d like to go. Here you’ll to well to be creative and expansive. Don’t limit yourself. Instead, let your imagination soar and visualize your ideal relationship with your technology.
Your third task is to take that vision, and the reality that you’ve observed, and brainstorm small steps that move you toward your vision.
Remember, you are changing entrenched habits, so keeping your immediate goal small is your key. Your steps need to be doable or you won’t take them (or if you do take them for awhile, you won’t maintain them).
Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of feeling victimized by what you are doing. Remind yourself that this is your choice, and the power is always in your hands.
It may help to post a note for yourself somewhere near your computer so you remember the particular values that led you to want to make these resolutions. What are you gaining? Keep this in the forefront, so that you’re approaching this process from an abundance rather than a scarcity mindset.
As long as we’re on the subject of Tech Resolutions, I’d also like to share a post on Mashable that offers “7 Tech New Year’s Resolutions to Pledge Right Now.” These ideas focus primarily on security and efficiency – both of which can also have a profound impact on your time.
So, I invite you to consider your tech time, as we move more deeply into 2014. If you aren’t happy with it, maybe some Tech Resolutions are worth exploring.
To your time success …
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