Time management tips can be excellent tools for increasing your efficiency and effectiveness … but they are at their most powerful when they enhance your quality of life, too!
Just stop and think about it for a second: What if you could relate to your time in a more open-handed AND more effective way? And what if you could do that right now?
The key lies inside of you. Cultivating a vision of time that springs from abundance affects how you approach every task and every challenge that comes your way. It enhances your productivity and helps you make better decisions.
And that’s not all. Your life just feels better as you approach it proactively and without those feelings of scarcity and fear that can constrain us so. You will find that the following two tools will provide unanticipated rewards as you work with them. They appear simple, but the more you practice, the more new doors you’ll open for yourself.
2 Tools to Tap Your Inner Abundance:
1. Your understanding of time reflects how you live in your body.
It may seem obvious; it's also quite remarkable. When your body is cramped, your perceptions tend to narrow. Shallow breathing, muscle tension and constriction – these things affect your body chemistry and create a psychological, as well as a physiological, sense of urgency. You are not going to have your best ideas in this state.
Conversely, when you are relaxed, your body is more flexible and brimming with vitality … and your mind takes on the same attributes. In this state, you will find it much easier to enter into spacious or abundant time!
Here’s a simple, potent exercise to enrich your awareness of the moment. Try it any place where you have some privacy and can relax and expand!
Grow Long Arms: Stretch out your arms to either side, using your fingers to extend the stretch. Observe how, moment after moment, your arms reach further... and further … and even further.
Next relax, breathe deeply and bring your awareness within. Notice the ways that exploring this outer space has increased your sense of inner spaciousness, too.
When you invest even just 30 seconds to gently elongate your body this way, you open up your inner spaciousness. As an added benefit, you’ll calm any stress that you are feeling.
You can use this simple exercise throughout your day. As you oxygenate your body and stretch your muscles, a new calmness and relaxed appreciation of time fills you – and your creativity and productivity will be enhanced … almost effortlessly, it would seem!
2. Curiosity kindles connection.
Next, pause and tune into how you respond when an unfamiliar challenge pops up. Do you recoil and brace yourself? Fear and tension will narrow your sense of options, stifle your creativity, and create a simplistic either/or scarcity mentality. Coming from that place it is hard to prioritize, and more difficult to keep to a healthy schedule. Fear has taken over the driver's seat.
How can you change that? One way is to call on another natural impulse - curiosity!
I wonder what …: Any time you notice yourself apprehensively thinking, "What if...?", try replacing that with "I wonder what...?"
As one of the great antidotes to fear, curiosity provides the perfect climate for learning. You stop focusing on what you don’t know and instead focus on what you are eager to figure out.
This fundamental shift in perspective feels so much better! And it puts you in a superior position to chart out your time, and to ride the new wave of change toward new growth and discoveries.
So, what are some of the common threads when it comes to living in, and enjoying, abundant time? Well, appreciation of life's simple pleasures is one.
Self-reference (and the self-trust that follows) is another. And realistic acceptance of limits and challenges is an all-important third. See for yourself how shifting from constriction to expansiveness opens your heart, your mind and your sense of what is possible!
So, what is your next step to make the most of your time?
Paula Eder, PhD, the SelfGrowth.com Official Guide to Time Management, is an internationally-known coach and published author who mentors spirit-driven solopreneurs and small business owners to align their core values and energy with their time choices and behaviors so that they can make more money, create more freedom, and find more time.
Living on a working farm in rural New Hampshire, Paula's connection with time is as organic, spiritual, and down-to-earth practical as the vitality and resiliency of the seasons. From her base in New Hampshire she has maintained a thriving coaching practice for the past 35 years; is a Certified Coach in Kendall Summerhawk's Money Breakthrough Method™ Program; and is a certified graduate of the Vanguard class of the Authentic Happiness Coaching Program conducted by Martin E. P. Seligman, PhD and Ben Dean, PhD.
Her Heart-Based Time Management System helps busy people just like you develop the skills to make authentic time choices that lead to work success, personal growth, vibrant health, and an ever-deepening relationship with yourself and those you love.
To learn more about Paula's unique, Heart-Based Time Management System and begin your transformational journey, sign up for her Finding Time Success Kit. Discover how you can find time for what matters most.