A Time-Management Tool
Capitalising on the science of time...
1. Create new experiences whenever possible. That means trying new things, saying yes and being open to receive what the universe has to offer you.
2. The more memories you have of an event, the more space that event takes up in your psyche and the longer the event appears to have lasted.
3. Stay present in all things. If your thoughts are in the past or future you will not fully experience what is happening now and you certainly will not be creating memories.
4. Remember that emotion manipulates perception so avoid adding unnecessary emotional weight to events either before or after they have happened. This will prevent wasting time worrying about the future or revisiting the past.
5. Limit time on social media/technology.
6. Make time for connecting with loved ones.
7. Take time outside in nature.
8. Look at the walking meditation in our previous article ‘Making Connections.’
9. Banish guilt for time spent on self-care ,
10. On a practical note this week’s tool is an organisational technique to help with time management.
Eisenhower’s principle of time management.
Dwight Eisenhower was the 34th US President. He was before that an officer in the US Military. In both these roles he had to make big decisions and so he developed a matrix to help.
Tasks can be categorised in terms of their importance and their urgency:
Stephen Covey uses this matrix as an example of good practice in his book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.’
Get into the habit of categorising your tasks.
Do the important and urgent ones first regardless.
Plan the important, non-urgent ones into your diary.
Delegate the important, non-urgent ones.
Dump the rest.
Regular use of this task will help you recognise what is important and urgent in your life and help you feel ok about dumping the things that are not. Time is short we can never get it back so make sure you spend your time on the people and the things you love.