Take Back Your Time
One of the choices in your life you will be asking yourself is the following question:
Would you take back your time if you could trade it for the money you made when you lost the time it took to make it?
There is a book, “Take Back Your Time,” edited by John de Graff. It is a collection of essays about overwork and time poverty in our society. Where would you take back your time and reclaim it? Would you schedule activities out of a sense of abundance or out of a sense of fear?
A tight schedule based on fear depletes you and leaves your life out of balance with you spending more time in recovery and addictive behaviors. Adding to the feeling of being out of balance, there is the feeling of guilt for not sharing yourself with loved ones and your community..
To change this, make your choices with confidence that they will be the best ones for all. To help you begin with asking these questions and consider the additional information to help you with your decision.
1. How would you best know how to pick your priority time from your highest values?
Ask your heart. Your heart is where your true answers are and where your values will be considered first.
2. Does your project have to be perfect?
Consider that your best is good enough. Perfectionism makes for a very hard taskmaster and may be responsible for robbing you of that precious time that you will never regain. Ask for support for part of the tasks that maybe not making the best use of your time in those areas, that are also not where you shine anyway.
3. Why spend time doing tasks that you don’t like?
You will be pleased to know that there are people out there that do like to do them. Ahh, what a Relief! Stop doing your least favorite activity.
4. Is every material thing in your home inspiring to you?
Ponder this: Have nothing around you that is not beautiful or useful.
5. Is your technology the simplest, easy to maintain and most economical equipment you could own?
Do you really need all those bells and whistles? Think about how much you will need to
earn to pay for all the upgrades that you may or may not use.
6. What can you do to rearrange your time to be in harmony with your best needs and values?
Keep a time log for the nest week. Notice how you spend your time in working, learning,
creativity, spirituality, social and physical. Are you giving enough time in each of these categories for you to feel well balanced?
Allow yourself the time you need for sleep, eat healthy, exercise socialize and have fun.
Pondering these questions may very well be the best investment of your time and time well spent.
Turn your time traded into time well spent.
Thanks and see you next time!
Joci James, The Life Strengths Detective