It’s time you let go of things that don’t bring results and stop wasting time in 2013.
One of the most common things I hear from my personal development coaching clients is that they wish there was more hours in a day to enable them to get more work done. How many of you frequently say to yourselves “There just isn’t enough time in the day?”
I hear people talking about spending time, saving time, wasting time, and measuring time. Time is a resource because it is scarce. When an hour or day is gone, there is no way to get it back.
Too little time and so much to do, a pretty common problem for many of you. Your every day demands seem to just immerse you, leaving no time to pursue anything more. But you do have choices about how you spend your time. Balancing what you need to do with those things you want to do will be what leads to both happiness and success.
I hear you doubting that you can in any way get the things you want to do, done. Well again I say you can, you just have to become the master of how you use your time.
You may not be able to change time, but you can change yourself. More specifically you can improve how you manage yourself.
Something that is very common amongst many of those I’ve worked with is how they are able to waste a lot of time but have been unable to see this for themselves. They waste time on various tasks and for various reasons.
Determining what you waste time on and why you are wasting time will give you a starting point for developing better time management skills.
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to help you get a clearer picture of your current time wasting activities & what you can do about them:
What activities do you already know of that you waste time on?
Are there related activities that are also time wasters for you?
Dwelling on the past or future can be a huge time waster and drain your energy. How much time do you spend living in the past or future?
Do you throw away your time doing meaningless things?
Do you ever feel frustrated because you keep just giving away your time?
In what situations does this happen? Why do you let it happen?
Can you eliminate or reduce these types of situations?
Once you’ve identified your specific time wasters you can begin to sort them out. First you can determine the ‘why’, that’s the reason you’re doing them, then you can determine the ‘how’, how you can stop yourself from doing them any longer.
Being a passion for business mentor helping others to build a blog or an online business I know it requires lots of time and time is limited, so there is little if any to waste. Those who do the best job of managing their time get the most done.
One reason for this is the fact that we assign a greater level of importance to some things than they deserve. We make them a priority over things that are more beneficial to our goals. We allow our focus to shift from what’s most important.
Let me tell you things you probably already know.
• Everyone has just 24 hours a day.
• People who manage their time well get more done—both at work and at home.
•Most of us spend 80% of our time on unimportant things that produce only 20% of the results.
• once an hour or a minute is gone, you can never get it back.
• We do not really manage time, we learn to manage ourselves to make better use of the time we do have.
• There is no magic formula to give you more time.
• You can gain time to do important things if you make each minute count.
You likely waste time on things that aren’t important to you, aren’t important to the life you really want, and aren’t important to the results you want. Ask yourself if what you are doing is really important to you.
If you want to stop wasting your time, you have to decide what is truly important to you. Then you have to stop spending your time on things that aren’t.
Because you are a human being, you have unlimited potential but we already know you don’t have unlimited time, so you can’t do everything.
Decide what’s important to you, what it is you really want to achieve with the limited time you have. Allocate your time wisely. Don’t let your time be spent aimlessly just doing things as they crop up.
Every life decision that you make is not just saying yes to the future you want to create but also no to the many other futures that you might have otherwise created. If you’re going to be truly successful at pursuing that future, you can’t waste time and energy mooning about what might have been if you had made a different decision. You’ll only achieve your goal if you truly let go of those other desires and possible directions. The ability to let go is essential.
So how do you let things go? Like with everything, the way to find answers is to ask powerful questions.
Questions like: is this helping me or is it just me holding on to something that is in truth no longer of importance to me?
“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Make sure your time is being spent doing the things you need to be doing in order to achieve those things that really matter.
The year 2013 is fast approaching, 365 more days for you to make sure you use to the best of your ability. So in this coming year make sure you make every second count.
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