The Quality of Your Relationship with Time Influences Your Health and Your Life Purpose

Poor time management leads to stress. It scatters your thoughts and emotions in all directions. Stress affects your ability to make decisions, or to make the right ones. Stress messes with your head. It’s difficult to concentrate when you’re stressed. It’s hard to stop scattered thoughts from overflowing into your life. They tend to create a chaos, especially in those areas of your life that are really important to you. Your health and your relationships, your work, obligations, and your money suffer when under poor time management. Poor time management skills are largely responsible for self-sabotage. Your poor time management skills also sabotage others. Worse still, your poor time management skills allow others to sabotage you. Good time management skills create self-empowerment. It puts you in charge of your life and your health.

Time is a rich resource, if you have it. If you don’t have enough time, it is possible to create more of it. Some people think of filling in time, or spending time, and even killing time. Why would you kill off a valuable resource? At best, this is the fast track to boredom, lethargy and procrastination. It reduces your motivation and drains your will power. Killing time may even have the power to drain your life force.

Others think of time as a resource they can utilise. They appreciate time, so they look for ways to use time. They honour time, which means they make the most of it. These people make time work for them. They’re masters of time, which means they’re masters of their energy. It’s easy to take time for granted. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Doing too much by taking on too many responsibilities
  2. Saying yes when you need to say no
  3. Always taking care of others and forgetting to take care of you
  4. Making a simple task complex
  5. Getting overwhelmed by doing too many things that are urgent but not important
  6. Wasting time by doing things that are not important and not urgent
  7. Not defining your objectives
  8. Not setting goals
  9. Setting unrealistic goals
  10. Setting unspecific goals
  11. Setting goals that lack quantity
  12. Setting goals that lack quality
  13. Setting goals that lack personal purpose or meaning
  14. Setting goals without steps, stages and phases mapped out on a realistic time line.
  15. Not making the complex task simple by breaking it apart and working on one piece at a time
  16. Not working out priorities
  17. Not scheduling your priorities
  18. Not visualising the outcome
  19. Lack of direction
  20. Forgetting your purpose for the day
  21. Forgetting your life’s mission
  22. Forgetting the vision you have for your goals
  23. Forgetting your values that drive your actions
  24. Forgetting to remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing
  25. Failing to prepare for failure
  26. Not having a plan
  27. Double standards and lack of congruency
  28. Not sticking to your plan
  29. Getting side tracked by those who are off track
  30. Lack of focus or concentration
  31. Applying critical thinking when creative thinking is required
  32. Applying creative thinking when critical thinking is required
  33. Choosing the wrong role for the task
  34. Dwelling on the past
  35. Worrying too much about the future
  36. Not identify mistakes
  37. Not learning from past mistakes
  38. Not acknowledging your personal weaknesses
  39. Trying to deny the existence of a problem
  40. Avoiding necessary confrontation
  41. Gossiping
  42. Refusing to delegate
  43. Narrow mindedness
  44. Inability to make the most of a situation
  45. Inability to turn a weakness into a strength
  46. Not embracing or utilising personal strengths
  47. Ignoring evidence-based successes
  48. Paying too much attention to too many details
  49. Not clarifying the big picture
  50. Not reflecting on what worked at the end of each task, or at the end of day

Time that lacks purpose, or does not have enough personal meaning for you is unfulfilling. This means your life overall will be much less fulfilling. Your relationship with time will enhance or detract from the quality of your life. Developing a healthy relationship with time is one way to reduce stress and increase fulfilment. Better time management skills take practise. You can do it by correcting each time management mistake, one at a time. Track your progress by using the list above, and check off each one as you master it. Until you decide to manage time better, it is almost impossible to manage your energy. Managing your life and your health better begins with how well you love, honour and respect time.

About gailgoodwin

As an author, trainer and mentor, my purpose is to inspire vision, creativity and productivity in the business of life and the life of your business.
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