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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Time is finite. You have to take care of yourself and put your focus where it matters. There are always things to do and new directions to go in.
Pacing yourself effectively is a skill worth cultivating. Two things are involved: balance and prioritizing. Pacing yourself with these two things in mind will allow you to stay healthy and whole and will make sure you are putting your attention where it matters.
The next time you feel you should ”do more”, make sure to pace yourself and get where you want to go.
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Do you feel that the only way to keep up with life is to go faster and faster? That approach can wear you out and get you nowhere fast. What if the key to success and maximum productivity is to slow down your life? Here are five steps you can take to slow your life down.
1. Every two hours, bring yourself fully to the present moment and assess if you are at your best.
2. Identify the signs of your stress and, when they show up, stop and lower your stress.
3. Sharpen your ability to focus on what you are doing.
4. Be ruthlessly realistic with your time.
5. Create one “slow day” each month where you go at a leisurely and pleasurable pace, doing something you love.
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This past Sunday morning, I was deeply into a dream when our dog Sarah woke me up abruptly. I got up and tended to her and went about my Monday. It took me 15 minutes to realize it was Sunday! It was as if I had tried to move time. I wondered, will I ever be able to do that – move myself to the next day? I imagined time as a slide ruler, moving from day to day, backward and forward. However, for now, time is immovable – I was in my Sunday morning and could not slide to another day. I readjusted to it being Sunday.
Even with time immovable, you still can flow with time. Doing so improves your efficiency, stress level and productivity. How can you flow with time? By living fully in each moment, keeping yourself centered, and returning to your center when you lose balance. It takes some time to find your flow with time but once you do, life and work get a lot better.
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Reading moves you forward – it is a means of communication, a way of increasing your knowledge and a way of connecting to the world.
Reading takes time and your time is precious. How much time does reading your emails and other correspondence take for you in a day? Do you try to read way too much, thinking that you must in order to keep up? Do you use reading as a distraction that does not serve you – aimlessly browsing on the web or reading things that you have no need for? Do you make sure you read the things that will keep your career moving forward? Do you give your full attention to what you are reading?
Be aware of your reading habits. Make sure they are serving you. Reading is central – use it to your maximum advantage.
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What’s currently winning out in your managing – time or quality? Do you meet your deadlines in an effective manner? Do you have the time you need to do a quality job or does the quality of your work suffer because your time is limited? Even though many circumstances are beyond your control, the choice is still yours. If quality is paramount to you, make room for it. If time is paramount, decide what level of quality you will maintain, when your time is limited.
Sometimes you can lose on both fronts. You can rush through things and quality suffers. You can take all the time you need to produce quality and deadlines are missed and efficiency is ignored.
In a perfect world, you would have the time you need to do a high quality job. It becomes a matter of balance – how do you balance your desire to do a quality job with the time you have available?
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How are you doing with time? Enough of it? Not enough? Time needs to be paid attention to. It is an oxymoron that you must manage time. What’s needed is to manage yourself in relationship to time – how you view it, use it, what you do with it.
As you look at what’s on your plate next week, give some thought to time. What kind of relationship do you want with it, as you go through the week? How will you manage yourself if you start feeling stressed about time? How can you “flow” with the time that you have? Check out my post Ten Ways To Change Your Relationship With Time for some tips you can use next week.
“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.“– Steve Jobs
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