Being and Doing: Your Values and Your Time

Values Being and Doing
Balance being and doing in your life.

Being and doing are the twin poles of our life in this world.

When I talk about finding time for what matters most I am really talking about finding a balance between being and doing, or between mindfulness and productivity.

It’s a matter of making time choices that are congruent with your values.

Being and doing aren’t necessarily in opposition to one another, but they do involve different energies and different commitments.

So, making and then sticking to your time choices is a matter of prioritizing, of setting time boundaries, and of self-discipline.

Sound simple?  In some senses, it is.

Productive Time Choices

For moving forward on your goals, having a plan is key.  Also key to using your time well is implementing your plans as efficiently as possible and sticking with them over time.

As with so many things in life, it’s in the implementation that the challenges can get really interesting, and really personal.

For example, there are lots of “productivity systems” available (my Google search just now came up with 281,000,000 results).  So, how do you find the one that’s best for you?  How do you not get so caught up in the thousands of options that you leave yourself paralyzed?

Being and Doing — Know Thyself

The first step is to know yourself. What are your tendencies? Your weakness, temptations, and strengths? The clearer you are about these things, the better able you’ll be to set yourself up for productivity success.

An honest self-assessment will lead you toward choices that will actually work for you, as opposed to choices that you think “should” work. Indeed, any choices that are based on a “should” will peter out eventually. Then you’ll be back to square one, and you’ll probably be feeling frustrated and discouraged, to boot.

Keeping Your Being and Doing in Perspective

Whatever you are doing, it’s important to remember that you are a being – and your being affects what you do and how you do it best.  You will be well served by using “Know thyself,” as a guiding principle as you sort through your choices – be they about productivity systems or time priorities – or just about anything else, for that matter!

You are the base, and the better you know yourself, the more solid your base will be.

How do you make your time choices now?  Have you explored productivity systems?  Were you able to follow through on your choices?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

And for more help…

Do you ever feel like life is coming at you too fast and you’re getting lost in the shuffle? Or are you feeling at sea and rudderless? Unclear about what your priorities even are?

Well, a time tool what I want to tell you about today is my E-Guide titled “Why Can’t I find My Direction?” 17 Journaling Prompts to Create Your Ideal Life. This E-Guide gets right down to business as it walks you through 17 journaling prompts aimed at helping you come to a deeper understanding of

  • Who you are,
  • What you value,
  • What makes you tick and
  • How you relate to your time choices.

Understanding any ONE of these things more fully is a great gift to give yourself. So I invite you follow your heart as you clarify your priorities and find your direction with “Why Can’t I find My Direction?” 17 Journaling Prompts to Create Your Ideal Life.

Click the link below to discover more about what’s possible for you.

Let’s explore time together…

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