Our Ideas about Time
An efficient use of energy is the by-product of a correctly balanced and integrated system. Time then becomes the resource that you use to make it all happen.
The five interconnecting elements which comprise the process of managing time.
1. A true central point
(representing what I value, consciously and unconsciously)
This is required for balanced sustainable growth and is ascertained by answering the 3 Key Questions;-
What are the things I spend my time on?
What are the things I wish I had time for?
What are the things I would avoid even if I had the time?
2. A sense of direction
(what tasks I choose to act on)
I chose to act on each of the above areas (to begin with one avoid and one wish area)
3. A sense of duration
(my perception of how long a task will take)
I changed my sense of duration to recognize a different definition of completion - I broke down the task into much smaller steps than I had previously considered in order to complete the task, This gave me many small completions.
To help me unravel the layers, I used the 9 Possibilities.
4. Our first hand knowledge
(my knowledge of the task, what is involved in doing it)
I didn’t assume anything about each task, I went after real time information, I went to the source. I did my research.
This acted as a small step and helped loosen up an issue.
5. The cultural context
(the sociological values which influence me)
I decided to set aside the cultural values which inhibited me - specifically, “You aren’t allowed to spend time on this” and“There’s no point in beginning something if you can’t finish it in one step” In fact, if I heard myself saying “I don’t have enough time” then I would immediately start looking for the real reason!