Values Clarification Helps Simplify Your Time Choices

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Values clarification also clarifies your time choices.

Values clarification is a process that, engaged in periodically, helps you know yourself more deeply and create a uniquely meaningful frame for your time choices.

In previous posts here, as well as articles in the Finding Time E-zine, I’ve explored the importance of values and values clarification. In particular, I’ve highlighted the difference between  internal and external values. Today I’m sharing 5 tips and insights that will help you clarify your values even further.

5 Values Clarification Tips

1. Values help you define who you are.

Values create the frame for your life. They influence your actions and help you define not only what’s important to you, but also what’s essential. Values help you answer questions such as, “Who am I?” and “How do I choose to use my time?”

2. Your values may be consistent or they may change through time.

Your values may remain relatively consistent throughout your life, gradually becoming more refined and delineated. Or, a major life event might reorient your perspective. From this altered vantage point, what matters to you may change completely. Then again, your values may undergo small and repeated revisions as you address the challenges and the changed landscape of successive decades. In any and all of these instances, you develop an inner guidance system to direct you through your day.

3. Values clarification helps you determine what’s significant in your life.

Through diverse exercises and self-exploration, values clarification is a process for gaining perspective about what’s most important to you. In an open-ended way, it presents options, dilemmas, and questions that guide you to your individual truth.

4. Peeling back the layers helps you focus on the essence of a value.

As you develop new insights and understanding about life, you might delve more deeply into the core of a particular value. For example, you might place a premium on honesty. Does that mean you speak your mind no matter what, though it might devastate someone else? And how do you frame your honest communication? As you mature, the nuances deepen.

5. By observing yourself, you’ll notice what’s most important to you.

Stand outside yourself, and observe how you move through your life. Do you make decisions from an integrated place? Are your actions consistent with your beliefs and values? Note when certain values strike a deep, resonant chord and help you prioritize your options.

Those choices that both simplify and enhance your life are your central values.

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