Finding Time to Reflect Grounds and Sustains You

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Finding time to reflect…

Finding time to reflect is an essential time management tool.

And, ironically, it’s when that time is hardest to come by that it is most useful and important.

This fact is reinforced frequently, in large and small ways. Many years ago it was brought home to us at Finding Time when our web host suddenly went out of business.

Overnight we lost our site and all of our infrastructure (including our mailing lists and autoresponders). It was very challenging to step back, take a breath, and remember that finding time to reflect would be key to our recovery.

Indeed, it’s in those moments when unexpected change hits and there is so much to do that finding time to reflect is vital. 

Finding time to reflect…

However, each time we did step back, take some deep breaths, and gather ourselves, two things were clear:

  • Our perspective widened and it felt like there was more room to make choices.
  • With that feeling of more space came the ability to see options more clearly.

We put ourselves in a position to make proactive (rather than reactive) time choices. This, in turn, led to further shifts of perspective until our crisis, while still challenging, also took on some aspects of real opportunity

Everything changes…

This shift in perspective makes all the difference in the world.

When you move from a reactive to a proactive stance you initiate a process that builds on itself.  Nothing looks like an opportunity when you are in reactive mode.

One of my articles on E-zine speaks to dealing with time crunches and highlights the importance of reflection:  Time Management Tips – 5 Essential Steps to Reduce Stress During Time Crunches.

Finding time to reflect, both before and after-the-fact is key to reducing stress and finding success. For example, when you have a moment to review a situation where you had too much to do in too little time, ask these 3 questions:

  • Was procrastination involved?
  • Were there unexpected changes in your day that threw a wrench in the works?
  • What can you do to avoid a situation like this in the future?

In our case, all those years ago, one of the things that we learned was the importance of backing up everything.  Had we not done that regularly, what was a big inconvenience would have been, instead, a major disaster. 

What have you learned in your life by finding time to reflect?

How will you use this time tool in the future?

Here’s more help for you…

Do you ever feel like life is coming at you too fast and you’re getting lost in the shuffle? 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 to 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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