Making Proactive Time Choices — Is this Part of Your Toolbox?

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Making proactive time choices helps…

When you are making proactive time choices, what are you actually doing?

I often recommend striving to not be reactive in your decisions about your use of time. 

But what does this really mean?

What are the significant differences between making proactive time choices and being reactive? And what steps do you need to take to implement this skill and start benefitting from it in your everyday life?

Proactive vs. Reactive: How Can You Tell?

If your choices around time are situational, they are reactive, and it may be hard to establish a plan and stick to it. You can tell you are being reactive around your time choices if you notice you often are responding to others’ demands, desires, and questions, versus setting up your own boundaries.

In contrast, when you are proactive around your time choices, you don’t let your priorities become overruled by others’ tones of voice or sense of urgency. You decide what you need to do and then do it.

Shift to Making Proactive Time Choices

If you realize you are being reactive in many instances about your time choices, here are some suggestions that will enable you to become more proactive.

  • Listen to what others say, but reserve the right to assess the importance and urgency for yourself of what they are asking.
  • Don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed by individuals who are highly verbal, have strong personalities and make strong demands, or are simply crisis junkies.

Here’s an example…

Perhaps you have worked for a boss who feels everything needs to be done in a rush. One solution, so that you don’t become reactive, is to say something like the following:

“I can see that you feel (X) is very important. I just want to let you know that if I do (X) now, I probably will not have time to do (Y) by the end of the day. Which of the two do you prefer I do first?”

In that way, you clearly convey the consequences of not setting priorities and give your boss the opportunity to make a choice.

Or try this…

A second approach is to recognize that people make time choices differently, depending on their values. If you wish to remain proactive, consider setting reasonable boundaries and determining what would be the optimal balance for you, given your current situation.

And for more help making proactive time choices…

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.

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