Making Conscious Time Choices Makes All the Difference

making conscious time choices
Your time choices count…

Making conscious time choices is a huge gift you can give yourself – one that makes all the difference when it comes to managing your time. And yet, how often are we actually aware of what we are choosing?

It’s obvious that making conscious time choices when you’re stressed and time is short is a challenge. However, it can also be a challenge to use time efficiently when you have plenty of it. Summertime regularly offers this challenge to many people.

Indeed, have you noticed that when you start a vacation you are sometimes at loose ends? This may be especially true if you are coming off of a period of high stress. Your inclination is to totally relax.

But total relaxation doesn’t have to mean letting go of making conscious time choices.

So, today I’d like to explore three quick tips to help you use your time wisely and efficiently when you find yourself in the position of having ample time.

Making Conscious Time Choices — 3 Tips:

  • Give yourself an overview of the time you have available. Make it concrete and specific, as it helps to have it in front of you visually. How many hours of unstructured time are you looking at?
  • Think about how you would like to feel when you come to the end of your span of time. Are you feeling energized and hoping to accomplish a lot?
    Do you need to chill?
    The answers that you come up with here will help guide you as you further structure your time.
  • Depending on the amount of time that you have available and how you want to feel at the end, write down anywhere from 1 to 10 things that you want to be sure to get done during that span of time. These may be tasks that you need to accomplish or self-care activities that you want to be sure to treat yourself to. Whatever they are, they will be your top priorities.

What about boundaries?

If you are really craving some unstructured time, that is fine. However, it is far preferable to be making conscious time choices than to “fall into it.”

Why? Well, the main reason is that if they’re made unconsciously, you might regret your choices later.

If, on the other hand, you want and need to get a lot done, then you can set some time boundaries and structure your time accordingly, so that you feel satisfied with the way you used your time. If you are looking to create some more structure for yourself, it is also helpful to use a timer to help keep you on track.

How do you manage unstructured spans of time?  Are there tips you’d like to share? 

And for more help…

Time is pure potential. You decide how to use it; and once you do, it’s gone.  That’s why it’s so important to build on your best time choices.  If you feel like your time slips through your fingers, then you’ll want to claim your copy of my complimentary “Daily Choices Template:  Proven Strategies for Tracking Your Best Time Choices Today, Tomorrow & All Year!” There’s no time like the present – to start moving toward the future you envision for yourself.

Do you feel like you don’t know where your time goes? Download my complimentary Daily Choices Template and start capturing and building on the choices that serve you…and find more time.

Let’s explore time together …

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