Controlling Your Time Begins Between the Ears

March 5, 2011 — Leave a comment

A survey done by the International Coaching Federation stated that “Time management is the number one area in which clients ask life-coaches for help.”

God is not silent when it comes to how we handle our time. He wrote telling us to “redeem the time because the days are evil” Ephesians 5:16, and again and to “walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time” Colossians 4:5. “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalms 90:12

There is no shortcut to time management. If you want the best in life and business you have to be willing to exercise discipline. I would be doing you a great disservice to claim it’s easy to overcome bad time habits and establishing new ones.

The encouraging part is that any effort you make is worth the end results. The biggest battle is not physical but between the ears. Change your way of thinking and you’ll change your actions. It’s the choices you make that are difficult, not the physical effort.

If you can see clearly the good fruits and results of redeeming your time, then you have accomplished 75 percent of the task. Use your imagination and see yourself being effective with your time; imagine the feeling of getting everything done every day, going to sleep at night with a clean slate. Imagination lets you dream the impossible so don’t limit yourself in this exercise by your past failures.

This clear picture gives you motivation, endurance, and power to press through the challenges that come when you start breaking bad habits. Answer the question: what will be the results in my life if I manage my time well?  See yourself at peace, resting at the end of each day, feeling good about yourself and what you accomplished.

Picture yourself leaving your desk at the end of the week with a big weight off your shoulders knowing you have accomplished all the necessary tasks (and even a few bonus jobs). Imagine going on vacation with your mind peaceful, content, and tranquil.

Begin in your head and the rest will follow.

 

Jeff

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