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
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 on so many activities, anxiety and stress about things that don’t really matter at all. Over just a few sessions; the international executive, the busy mum or full-time carer begins to prioritise time more easily.
Another time management strategy is to write down what specific activities and how long they take on a typical day. Most clients start to realise how much they waste on Facebook, texting or TV programs they do just from habit.
It is so so easily caught up in filling our life with so many activities but another statement from Stephen Convey states “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
But one of the most powerful is being in the moment. When you learn to be fully in each moment through meditation, time seems to almost stand still and stretch. Meditation helps you feel more calmer and confident, your processing and organisation skills become so much more guided to what is really important, you will even have ingenious 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?
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