Finding Time for Feelings-Move Ahead Powerfully by Looking Back

Finding time for feelings is hands-down the most powerful time management skill that you can develop.  Whether you are naming your feelings in the moment or looking back to find their roots, the moments that you spend exploring your emotions will energize you for whatever tasks you face.

Feelings: The Details Matter

Yesterday we looked at the importance of knowing and naming what you are feeling right now.  Today I’d like to go deeper. There’s more to you and your feelings than “happy,” “sad,” and “angry.”  (Though they make a very good start!)

If you think of feelings as being like colors, then it’s very helpful to know that the range and variety of your emotions is more like what you find in a 64 or 128-crayon box than the 8-crayon variety!  Your feelings are as unique as your DNA, AND as fundamental.  So the more you can know them the better off you’ll be.

Looking Back Helps You Move Ahead

Imagine that you are puzzled by your very strong reaction to a difficult person or a stressful situation.  Or maybe you are procrastinating about a task and just can’t get past the first step.  These are times when you can move ahead powerfully by looking back!

You see, when you feel things or behave in ways that seem mysterious or disturbing or just plain illogical, if you pause and look back, you are likely to discover the missing pieces.  They fall into place like puzzle pieces.   That’s because the heart has a logic that isn’t always apparent to the mind.

Solving Puzzles by Looking Back

If your response to stress puzzles you, try looking back and remembering how your parents or other important people in your life responded to stress.  Or remember how you felt in third grade when your homework wasn’t finished and you had to leave for school.  These feelings can fuel your responses in the present. And as they become visible to you, you can make choices about how you respond to them (rather than being driven by them).

It’s a deep logic, the logic of the heart.  Looking back brings your heart and mind into sync so that you can move ahead powerfully.  It’s a process of unfolding that will open up doors for you that haven’t yet even imagined for yourself.

Ready to get started?

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. This helps 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 you’ll 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!

Let’s explore time together …


  1. You summed this up beautifully, and my experience matches this perfectly. Thanks! 😀

  2. Excellent! I am so glad that this resonated for you, Alison.

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