Not all of us naturally think in metrics, though. And some of us simply won’t take the time to figure it out.
So rather than thinking “I’m making no progress,” are there other possibilities to feel like you ARE making headway?
Yes, and here are some practical suggestions to get you started.
What is your language around time?
- “I feel like a slave to my business.”
- “My work time bleeds into my personal time.”
So what would the destination be then?
- “I’m the master of my time.”
- “The bleeding has stopped/slowed down. Feeling more healthy and together again.”
This is an intuitive/feeling approach; you’ll know it because you’ll feel the difference.
What are your values?
Identify your values. Let’s say a core value is having creativity in your life again, perhaps painting as you once did so often.
By managing what you allow onto your calendar and your ‘to do’ list, you’ll eventually find that you can create time for painting.
Or let’s say a core value is around family – to be a fabulous grandmother.
Then get clear on what “fabulous” means. Is it to spend two days a month with your grandchildren? Or take them on activities that nobody else in the world would? Both give you a destination to shoot for. You’ll then manage your tasks and time to create the time you need to be fabulous.
On a related note, one of my favorite bloggers, Linda Samuels of Oh So Organized! interviewed Lori Deschene of the tinybuddha.com. They discussed success in life and how values can help us determine our definition. The blog is here if you’d care to read more.
Visualize your destination
Close your eyes and visualize how things would be if you could have a plate that’s less full, less scrambled or more what you want.
Or find pictures and words from publications on/offline that show it for you.
Or metaphors: You might picture that today, your time feels like concrete blocks, holding you down, not letting you soar and do what you’re meant to do.
What would the opposite be: Hot air balloons, untethered, colorful, soaring in the blue sky letting you explore new horizons and possibilities for yourself.
What are those tethers and ropes about? What does each one signify? Start thinking this way, and you’ll start figuring out ways to unlink each rope, one at a time until you do fly.
I’ll leave you with a quote I discovered on www.tinybuddha.com:
Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity.We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake. ~Francis Bacon Sr.
Call or write if you need support on this topic:
Sue@CoachSueWest.com or 603 765 9267