When it is 6 pm in the western part of the United States, it is 2am the next day in London, 9am the next day in China and so on. Time is a structure, not a fixed element in our lives. Time allows us to function within the motion of the earth, the sun and the moon, gives a context to our days and creates a way for us to arrange our lives.
Time can wreak havoc, if we let it. However, if we see it as a human-made structure we may be better able to make the most of time and its place in our lives. Think of time as a structure and see what changes!
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The second quarter of 2019 ends in June. What do you want this second quarter to be about for you and your career? Any goals you want to meet? Balance you want to attain? Fun you want to have? Wrongs you want to right?
You have time. Make this second quarter what you want it to be. Aspire.
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10, 9, 8… It will soon be the end of the year. What is left undone? 2018 can still be the year you intended it to be. Move quickly and do whatever you can. If it seems you are out of time – go for it. There are still things you can do to enter 2019 in a good place.
What will you do before this year ends?
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So many times you can find yourself fighting reality. You don’t like the way things are, so you resist. Doing so does not serve you. It expends your energy and takes your time, usually with little result. Alternatively, you can find the power in allowing.
Allowing refers to using the way things are as your starting point. It does not mean that you accept the way things are; just that you see things clearly and go from there. Doing so gets rid of any illusions and lets you address a situation as it is. Then, you are better able to protect your interests and achieve your desired result.
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Sometimes the amount of work you have to do starts getting to be over the top. There isn’t time and stress is building. As stress builds, you can lose perspective and focus while the work keeps on coming.
What can you do when work is overflowing and you don’t know how you can handle it all? Here are some ideas:
• Get yourself out of the way – step aside and look at the situation, rather than letting it control you
• Find some ways to lower your stress, right now
• Once your stress is lowered, realistically assess the situation – what is possible to get done and what is not?
• Take a break to regain focus and perspective
• And, the old standby ☺, remain fully in the present moment as you proceed.
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I am observing more and more often, people going so fast that they lose control. Do you attempt to travel at warp speed? Really – you can go faster than the speed of light? Let’s reflect a moment. Yes, the world is speeding up and there are many tools to help us travel with it. However, it is very easy to burn out.
If you are acting as if you can travel at warp speed, perhaps some adjustments are called for. Let go of super-size expectations that you cannot meet. Find ways to travel quickly but prevent yourself from burning out, which defeats the purpose. Key to this is centering. Stay fully present, balanced and aware of time. In doing this, you will be able to handle whatever comes along.
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Time is a key factor in your career success. Take a minute today to look at how time has factored into your life and work since the start of 2018. How are you doing with time? If you are doing well, good for you! Keep up what you are doing. If time is getting the better of you, here are a few questions to ask yourself:
• How realistic are my expectations of the things I can get done in terms of the time I have to do them?
• Are stress or distractions getting in the way of using my time well? Am I maintaining the focus that I need to in my work?
• Is being tired or lack of exercise affecting my ability to get things done?
How you are handling time should always be on your radar. For more about your relationship with time, see my blog posts: Your Relationship With Time and Ten Ways To Change Your Relationship With Time
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When it comes to your workload, have you ever felt like you are in a rowboat with no oars heading to the edge of a waterfall? What do you do when there is way too much to do and time is moving on? Sometimes, it is too much to handle and there’s no time to even think straight. It seems, lately, that everything is speeding up and expectations are high.
It may or may not be possible to keep up, but best that you find out and proceed accordingly. Take a moment now to reflect on your workload and how you are doing. Are adjustments needed? What kind of adjustments – by you or by others? How much control do you have or need to have?
It may be that, in the rush, you become faster and more efficient. Or, it may be that you have to help others recognize that their expectations are not realistic. Whatever the case, take care of yourself and your career and make sure that you do not go over that waterfall.
How do you keep track of all that you have to do? You have meetings, projects, phone calls, e mails and much more to get done in the course of a day.
How do you assure that everything gets done efficiently and well? That is a question only you can answer. You have your style, needs and ways of working that all factor in to how you get things done. Take some time to examine and observe how you keep track of all you have to do. What works for you and what doesn’t? It will be time well spent to make sure you don’t forget!
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Bringing flow to your workday brings a sense of ease, increases your productivity and reduces your stress. Creating flow can be challenging in the face of a fast pace, distractions and too much to do. Here are 10 ways to help you increase the flow of your workday.
1. Practice bringing yourself fully to the present moment once every hour and when you are feeling stress.
2. Take breaks every two hours, when possible, to re-center.
3. At least three days a week get a change of scene during your lunch.
4. Exercise three times a week during or outside of your workday.
5. Eat well and be aware of your sugar and caffeine intake during the day, so they do not disrupt your flow.
6. Set your priorities at the beginning of the day and follow them. If a crisis or something else disrupts your plan, make adjustments in the present moment.
7. Be realistic about the time it takes you to do something.
8. Develop awareness of the extent to which your mind rules your day both in positive and negative ways.
9. Make a commitment to flow and balance in your life.
10. Recognize and celebrate the workdays in which you flow well.
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