Need More Time and Energy? Your Feelings Hold the Key

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Your feelings free energy and help guide you.

Your feelings are a foundational part of your time management efforts.

That’s because increasing your efficiency and effectiveness is so often about managing your energy rather than finding more time.

And one of the biggest energy drains around is the tendency to shy away from difficult or challenging feelings.

So, exploring your feelings and letting them inform your time choices helps you access wellsprings of energy that you might not have otherwise known that you had.

Here’s a Feelings Fact…

Avoidance eats up time and saps energy
and it keeps you stuck right where you are.

Challenging feelings may arise when sudden change disrupts the routines and patterns that you have built in your life.  The terrain is suddenly unfamiliar and you may feel lost and disoriented.  It is a natural human tendency to want to avoid these feelings. I’ve written about this in an article titled Time Management Tips – Your Golden Key to Initiate Effective Changes in Tough Times at

But, when it comes to dealing with emotions that are difficult, I’m firmly in the camp of Carl Jung, who advised:

Not around, but through.

Once you take in the fact that it is an illusion (and a debilitating one at that) to think that you can get “around” a difficult feeling, you are more than halfway there. This energy of acceptance opens doors where you hadn’t even realized you had walls.

The next step is to set aside time in your day to let your feelings out and explore them. You can choose to do this by yourself or with a friend, coach, or mentor.

Get ready for changes to come…

You’ll be surprised at the possibilities that open themselves to you as you do this.

Initially, you may have no idea how your own time choices must change to become more effective. But as you relax, your alertness increases. By accepting that even profound challenges and losses are a part of life, you mobilize yourself to analyze your time choices, so you can align them with your values as well as the situation you now face.

As you open to challenging feelings that your first impulse is to avoid, you free up the energy that you’d needed for denial and resistance. This is a powerful step with ripple effects that you’ll feel throughout your day.

Empower Yourself With Affirmations

As you explore this new path, here are some affirmations that you can carry with you.  They will help remind you of the core importance of this exploration that you are undertaking, and they will strengthen and encourage you along the way.

  • Discomfort serves as an essential catalyst.
  • All change requires moving beyond one’s comfort zone.
  • Compassion and responsibility go hand in hand.
  • Gratitude can help broaden your perspective.
  • Your promise lies in growth.

How do you find time for your feelings?

Try setting aside some time, a few times a week, to begin practicing this skill.  And as always, I’d love to hear how it goes.

Here’s more help for you…

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.

Let’s explore time together…

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