The way you use your time is the way you live your life.
Posted on June 6, 2013, under Transitions and Time.
Today I am going to explore 3 Transition Tips that will center and focus your energy.
First, it’s helpful to know how you approach transitions, in your heart of hearts. (And once you answer these questions and try the transition tips, it will be interesting to see how this evolves for you!)
Either way, transitional activities can improve your quality of life. You can use them to remain alert, appreciative and grounded as your day unfolds. So, let’s get started with the tips!
Incorporate one transitional activity into your daily routine.
Envision your typical energy progression from morning to night, and note where it tends to falter. For example, do you often wake up feeling unfocused, worried, or resentful? If so, this is where Transition Tip #1 can help! You might try welcoming your day with heightened appreciation by developing an affirmation. Make it unique to you. Here’s an example to get you started:
I enter my day with anticipation and gratitude and welcome all that it may bring.
Remember, to truly feel its power, make this your unique and personal gift to yourself, offered in friendship. Take time to let your affirmation take root in your heart. The more you nurture yourself, the more you can transform the day’s problems into avenues for new understanding.
A timer helps you transition from one activity to the next throughout the day. (You can also use it to remind yourself to take a short break.)
Timers reinforce your intent to focus productively on your time choices. If you get ‘lost’ in activities at home or work, use a timer to remind you to refocus (or to take a break). The transition activity of stepping away from a task, however briefly, renews your energy. Try things like taking a short walk, playing with your dog, or watering your plants.
Physical activity is an excellent transition tool, as it stretches tired muscles and sends oxygen into your system, refreshing both mind and body. This grounds you and reminds you of life’s small pleasures as you make your transition from one task or activity to the next.
Take stock and notice transitional activities that become rituals.
Just as you begin your day with a routine consisting of specific activities (usually done in a specific order) so, too, you have specific activities for closing up your day.
Take a few moments to envision your nightly routine. Tune into your energies, moods and thoughts, and the patterns they fall into. How do the specific activities you’ve chosen work to close your day? What messages are you giving yourself?
Now broaden your awareness to look at other transitions you’ve established throughout the day: How do you use specific activities to move from one project to the next, or to mark a singular, significant change? How do these transitional activities impact your energy? How might you modify them to increase your resilience and reinforce your values?
Thoughtful reviewing helps clarify how best to build on your progress before you move on to your next task. As you notice transition activities that really work for you, make them yours, deepening them into rituals that energize you and enhance your experience, every single day.
Remember: The way you use your time is the way you live your life.
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