Posts about 'Time Priorities'

Prioritizing: Your Powerful Skill for Creating Clutter-Free Time

Posted on May 7, 2013 by , under Time Priorities.

PrioritizingPrioritizing is a powerful time management skill that not only helps you enhance your efficiency and effectiveness; it also allows you to declutter your time and free up moments for what is most important to you.  I suggest that you consider self-care as a priority, as you read on.  It is a vital element in any  (more…)

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Goal-Setting to Stay Flexible and Find Time!

Posted on April 23, 2013 by , under Time Management Skills, Time Priorities.

goal-setting is like sailing to a harborGoal-setting.  What do you think of when you hear those words?  Is goal-setting something that you find to be a useful tool in your daily life?  Does it scare you?

Pay attention to how your body  (more…)

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Finding Time to Get to Know You This Cyber Monday!

Posted on February 4, 2013 by , under Time and Technology, Time Priorities.

Finding TimeFinding time is a perennial challenge – and finding time to connect, while getting everything else done, can really feel impossible sometimes.  Know what I mean?

We’ve been wrestling with these questions here at The Time Finder, looking at time tracking tools and new social networking sites, along with  (more…)

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Plans and Resolutions: Time to Refresh Your Commitments!

Posted on January 22, 2013 by , under Time and Energy, Time Priorities.

Plans and ResolutionsPlans and resolutions are exciting on January 1st, aren’t they?  The year stretches out before us, and all things are possible.  And yet, as the saying goes, “Even the best laid plans …”

So, here we are, heading toward the end of January. What better time to check in and see where things stand on the “resolution front.”  (more…)

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Resolutions or Plans: How Do You Frame Your Goals for 2013?

Posted on December 31, 2012 by , under Time Choices, Time Management Skills, Time Priorities.

resolutions or plansResolutions are on many people’s minds as 2012 winds down and a New Year gets underway.  But how do resolutions work for you?

For many – or maybe most – of us, resolutions boil down to what one person recently posted,  (more…)

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Procrastination Puzzler-Ask Paula for Some Timely Tips

Posted on November 27, 2012 by , under Time Management Skills, Time Priorities.

ProcrastinationProcrastination is a time management challenge that confronts us all at one time or another.  It can be a very frustrating and confounding hurdle that holds us back and keeps us from achieving our goals.

Is procrastination something that you struggle with?  Here’s an e-mail that I recently received from a subscriber to  (more…)

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Time Balance: The Key to Sustaining Yourself and Your Productivity!

Posted on October 23, 2012 by , under Time and Energy, Time Priorities.

Time BalanceTime balance is a key component in your tool box of time management skills.  Many people believe that productivity is best maintained by being busy all the time.  In fact, this couldn’t be farther from the truth!

You productivity is predicated on staying focused and keeping your energy and motivation  (more…)

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Values: Find Time to Prioritize What’s Most Important to You

Posted on September 5, 2012 by , under Time Priorities.

Values - what is most important to YOU?Values – what you hold as most important in your life – these are the things that, in large part, define you and guide your time choices.  Yet quite often, we have not reached clarity about our values.  They are guiding us, but at an unconscious level.

So, clarifying your values is (more…)

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Regrets? Say No to Them With These 3 Timely Tips

Posted on August 8, 2012 by , under Time Priorities.

Time is passing.  Can you feel it?  As summer wanes, the desire to “do it all” and avoid regrets often creates a sense of urgency that makes it difficult to stay in the moment.

Summer can be such a tantalizing and confounding time.  In June the season seems to stretch ahead endlessly, offering long, soft evenings and plenty of time for outdoor fun.  But time passes, and before you know it, you feel like autumn is nipping at your heels.  Here in New Hampshire, over the past 72 hours we’ve seen (more…)

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Find Time to Celebrate Birthdays: Heart-Based Reminders of What Matters Most!

Posted on July 25, 2012 by , under Time Priorities.

Finding time to celebrate the important days in our communal and personal lives is so important!  It reinforces and validates what matters most to us – and provides an opportunity to appreciate our moments and the companions (both human and animal) that we share them with.  So this (more…)

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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 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 to Set Wise Priorities Using the 3/3/3 Exercise

Posted on May 29, 2012 by , under Time Priorities.

Finding time is, quite often, an exercise in setting and implementing wise priorities. And like all exercises, the more you practice establishing priorities the more ‘prioritizing muscle’ you develop.  It makes you stronger!

Part of what you do when you set priorities is choose which consequences you can live with – and which you can’t. These choices inevitably involve some letting go and acceptance.  Learning your limits promotes maturity and resolve. That is so important – but it doesn’t mean it’s easy!

Do you struggle with this? If so, you’ll appreciate this deceptively simple but quite effective exercise.

The 3/3/3 Exercise: Compare Consequences in 3 days, 3 weeks and 3 years

If you find it hard to decide between 2 competing activities, try a bit of time travel.

Visualize 3 scenarios: What will be the outcome of selecting one option over the alternative …

  • In 3 days?
  • In 3 weeks?
  • In 3 years?

Comparing consequences over multiple time spans gives you a richer understanding of the life you are shaping through your choices. What seems urgent at present may fade in importance, as you consider other long-range needs. Fantasizing the future can be a very powerful time tool that helps clarify your best choice for right now.

As you add to your prioritizing skills by implementing the 3/3/3 Exercise, see how it can guide you through the 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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Find Time with Enriching Experiments Using Soft Deadlines

Posted on May 23, 2012 by , under Time Priorities.

Finding time includes expanding how you use and enjoy your time. After all, if you find new ways to appreciate your moments and enhance your effectiveness within the same 24 hours, the quality of your life is improved!

So today I’ll return to the theme of soft deadlines. As you recall, we’ve discussed that soft deadlines are basically “pre-deadlines” that you aim for. If you focus on meeting your soft deadline, small delays won’t force you to collide, unprepared, with a hard, final deadline. You might think of soft deadlines as workable boundary challenges.

With soft deadlines you give yourself room to experiment. And as you explore this tool, you can fine tune what works for you.  Play with the ways you use soft deadlines and make a note of your successes so you can repeat them.

As you get the hang of using soft deadlines you’ll noticeably lower your stress. And that means you’ll bring more curiosity and zest to upcoming projects. No matter how you look at it, soft deadlines make time management much easier!

So, here are 5 Tips to Help You Set Successful Soft Deadlines.  The next time you create a soft deadline, ask yourself:

  • What is your personal history with meeting deadlines? If you habitually drag your heels for any reason, build in buffer time to help overcome your resistance.
  • How familiar is this task? Since new projects always require more time, use the “times two” rule. Double your time estimate, to allow for your learning curve and build your soft deadlines around that estimate.
  • How easily can your project be derailed? Are you squeezing a big enterprise into an already full space? Expect spillover and schedule accordingly!
  • How many people’s support do you depend on to accomplish your project?  Add more time as the number of dependencies increases.
  • What will happen if you don’t meet your final deadline?  Remember – you create your soft deadline to set up a safety zone to protect you from painful outcomes.

As you add to your prioritizing skills by adding soft deadlines, see how they guide you through the 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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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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