How To Prioritise Time For The Important Things
Most of us rush through our life with such a sense of urgency, that we fail to prioritise time for the things that really matter
As Stephen Covey says “Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”
As a Stress Management Therapist and Meditation Teacher I see clients struggle to prioritise time effectively. Clients are often so knee deep in commitments or activities they believe they have to do. That is nearly killing them, their family and their relationships.
The Most Effective Time Management Strategies
- What Is Truly Important: One of the most simple but effective time management strategies is to get a client to recognise what is really important to them. When challenged to see things from a different perspective, they see how much time and energy they spend wastefully. Often too much time on activities, anxiety and stress about things that don’t really matter. Over just a few sessions; the international executive, the busy mum or full-time carer begins to prioritise time more easily.
2. Write down your typical daily activities and then start timing how long they take. This simple time management strategy can be a light buld moment for many. Clients start to realise how much time they actually waste on everyday distractions. Those wasted minutes and hours on Facebook, texting or watching TV. Unhealthy distraction that have became unhealthy habits, even addictions
3. Schedule In Your Priorities: Set a day and time for those important things, making an appointment for these things helps you commit and focus on what matters. It is too easy to get caught up in filling our life with busyness but as Convey states. “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
4. Be Fully In This Moment: When you learn to be fully in each moment time seems to almost stand still and stretch. Meditation is one of the easiest ways to be more in the moment. Meditation helps you feel more calmer and confident. When you meditate your processing and organisation skills become more guided by what is truly important. Meditation also has a powerful knack of giving us the right guidance and inspiration. Which can include ideas how to do things far more efficiently.
Meditation doesn’t have to take up a lot of time in-fact one of the most popular techniques I have ever taught is our less than 5 Minute Meditation which is not just a great stress reliever but can also be used as a power nap or technique to help you get more focused on your day or activities ahead.
Managing your priorities is about balance and asking yourself does this really need to be done? Would this be important in an emergency? Is there a more effective or happier use of my time? How are you going to priortise time for the most important things in your life?