Lifestyle Inflation and Time Inflation — Lots of Parallels

Lifestyle inflation is a term that you may have come across in your reading. It refers to the phenomenon of increasing your spending when your income increases. The end result of this is, all too often, people living beyond their means and ending up in debt. So, it’s a serious matter. I recently came upon an…

Directionless and Lost? Internal Values are Your Unerring Compass

What images come to mind when you hear the words ‘internal values’? It sounds kind of dry, but your internal values provide the context for all the choices you make about your time. Whether these are consciously-held values or not – they function as your guide. So, the more you can be clear and aware…

Now that You Have a Time Plan, Do You Stick to It?

Your time plan is your key to time success. Why do I say that? Well, earlier this week we took a look at time leaks and at some of the ways that distractions derail you. Social networking activities are a great example of this. If you’re a solopreneur or small business owner, your presence on Facebook, Twitter,…

Know Your Priorities, Even in the Midst of Turmoil — A Timely Tip

Maintaining your priorities is not too difficult when you’re familiar with your time demands and your terrain. But when you’re going through tumultuous times it’s different. Indeed, it’s often challenging to know what your top priorities are at any given moment. These are nothing, if not tumultuous times. I was thinking about this recently when…

Overload and Stress Don’t Have to Be Your Everyday Baseline

Overload and stress sometimes feel like the new normal, don’t they? How often do you feel like you’re at the end of your rope? Frayed and frazzled and ready to snap? You use to-do lists and templates. You set time boundaries. But still, you arrive at the end of a typical day with overwhelm and stress…

Time Choices Define Where You Are and Where You Are Going

Time choices — the ones you make in each moment of your day — may seem very small and insignificant sometimes. But they make all the difference in the world. In the most concrete way possible, these everyday decisions define your path. And this happens incrementally — often without your even noticing. That’s why it’s so…

Boundaries and Your Holiday Planning – Find Your Comfort Zone

Time choices and time boundaries are your keys to finding time for what matters most to you. And, as the holidays draw closer and closer, what could be better that reducing your stress and increasing your enjoyment with these time tools? I’ve written here previously about creating de-stressed holidays for yourself and those near and…