Posts tagged time management
Back to School: Must Do Daily Habits

Back to School.

Regardless of whether that phrase sends shivers of delight or terror down your spine, it’s here.  

ALREADY. 

Whatever happened to going back to school after Labor Day?  You know, spending your last day of freedom lamenting that summer was over and that the Jerry Lewis Telethon was taking the place of all of your favorite regularly scheduled programs?  The ones you wouldn’t see again until December.

And that means your routine IS going to change.   For some people, the laid back easiness of summer is all coming to an end.  In its place will be tight schedules, missed buses, forgotten lunches. For others, the chaos of the summer will finally be reined in.  Structure will replace the frenetic free-for-all brought about by the warmer months.    

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Back to School: The first step in setting up a routine that actually works

Three words.

Three. Little. Words. 

Seemingly innocent yet wielding all the power in the universe. 

Three words which strike a deep visceral reaction in all who hear them.   Which possess the power to bring a strong woman to her knees in seconds.  Which, whether tugging on a tightly coiled aversion or igniting a long awaited relief, refuse to be ignored.

Back. To. School.

Did you just shiver like the hyenas in The Lion King when one of ‘em said “Mufasa?”  

If not, let me say it again. 

BACK. TO. SCHOOL.

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Cast Your Cares- AKA The Brain Dump

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt overwhelmed.  Stressed out.  Beaten.  Devoured by life and its responsibilities.  

Raise your hand if you’ve ever dreamed of running away.  Of starting over.  Of leaving with nothing but the clothes on your back and hightailing it. The destination doesn’t matter all that much, does it?  You just want out.  

I’d like to introduce you to a very special person in my life.  A confidant of mine.  Someone who’s never let me down or betrayed my trust.  Someone who answers whenever I call and has never judged me, no matter how pathetic or overwhelmed I may be.  

The Brain Dump.  

A good friend and mentor of mine prefers to call it the Brain Blossom.  She thinks it lends a more positive, less gross connotation to this handy little strategy but personally?  My brain doesn’t blossom.  It doesn’t open up and flourish.   Something beautiful and delicate isn’t unfurled. 

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The Goal-Setting Tip that Changed My Life

Time is a precious commodity. 

And, regardless of your life station, time is the great equalizer. 

Whether you’re a billionaire or a college kid scraping to get by, we all have the same number of hours, minutes, and seconds of a day. 

When we waste time, we can never get it back. 

When you really think about it, time is our most precious commodity. 

There are a plethora of resources available to help plan your day. Some even go so far as to help you set goals.  So what’s missing? 

We’re missing the forest for the trees. We’ve got it all backward. We seem to focus on so heavily on our day that we miss our lives.

While it’s great to have goals and plans, we have to be cautious. 

“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.  What is your life?  For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’” James 4:13-15

We can have the best-laid plans, but ultimately God decides.

Am I advocating we plan nothing? Of course not. I just think we need a different approach.

So what is the goal-setting tip that changed my life?

Creating legacy goals

Rather than planning my day and setting a few arbitrary goals, I spent time figuring out what really matters to me.

We’ve been doing it backwards…. planning our day, reaching a short term goal, and maybe reaching a long term goal. And if we really thought about it, we’d realize what we’ve been doing doesn’t even matter in the grander scheme of life.

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11 Questions to Ask Yourself About How You Use Your Time

Time.

Mr. Merriam and Mr. Webster define it as “the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues”. 

The Rolling Stones claim it’s “…On my side. Yes, it is.”

According to the Steve Miller Band, it “…Keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future”.

And Ecclesiastes 3 assures us that “For everything there is a season, a time for every matter under heaven…”  

In my professional opinion?  Time is our absolute greatest commodity.  And we squander the crap out of it. 

I’m not just talking about procrastination here.  You know, the act of putting something off until the last minute.

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