When You Set Time Priorities, Do You Make Space for Change?

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Plan for change…

Finding time to set time priorities is an important time choice.  It gives you a clear path to your goals.

When you set time priorities wisely, you are claiming your power and, ultimately, finding time for what’s most important to you. But life isn’t predictable.

Change is predictable, but…

Change is a constant in our lives. So, what do you do when an unexpected event sends your life into a spin? 

How can you set time priorities that leave space for change and allow you to stay on track no matter what?

Most of us feel comfortable when we know what is most important for us to do and why we are doing it. But without warning, our plans and priorities can be sent flying in all directions. This is what sudden change does. It shakes up everything. Suddenly these choices are no longer relevant or realistic.

For example…

Let’s look at a most frightening sudden change.  Serious illness strikes someone close to you, and you find yourself in the middle of a terrible whirlwind. Imagine how this affects your energy, your daily life, and your everyday tasks. 

Sudden change stirs up emotions that cloud your ability to think clearly and make wise time choices. All your priorities and established tasks now must take a back seat to the immediate and unanticipated choices you must now make about how to use your time.

Life’s unpredictability can blind-side us if we don’t expect the unexpected. To choose wisely we need to learn to plan for the possibility of sudden change.

Planning for the possibility…

As a first step, consider two sudden changes. Sudden illness could be one, and the loss of a job could be the second. In a general way, explore some adjustments you could make quickly if life demanded it. Use techniques like visualization, staying fully aware of your personal boundaries and recognizing basic tasks that need to get done every day.

This kind of contemplation helps to clearly re-establish your personal relationship with time. From that clarity, you can set time priorities and create new and effective options for managing your time choices.

After all, your relationship with time is not just about becoming more efficient by creating short-term lists and long-term planning. It is about knowing yourself, your priorities, and your core values.

Start strengthening your relationship with time today. 

How will you equip yourself with the basic resources you need to navigate sudden change with clarity and flexibility?

Try setting aside some time today to practice this skill. 

For more help with changes…

Do you ever feel like change is coming at you too fast, or like it just arrives, uninvited, out of the blue?

I’ve recently been working with a client who was blind-sided by the sudden passing of a long-time co-worker. It’s turned her work life upside down and has also shaken her on a deep and personal level because this co-worker was the same age and also a good friend.

It’s brought up all kinds of big questions, on top of grief, and new work demands. The stresses and questions are piling up and she is feeling disoriented and anxious.

We’ve been working together on this for several weeks now. And today I shared a new time tool with her. I want to share it with you as well.

It’s titled How to Partner with Change and Aging. And to discover more about it right now, you can click here.

Let’s explore time together…

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