Time Management

Many people have heard the phrases “energy flows where attention goes” and “you get what you think about”, but what does this really mean?

Time management

Many of my clients speak of having spent time concentrating on what they want to achieve and then getting frustrated when it didn’t happen. There’s one simple reason for this and it’s TIME.

Thinking about something and doing something about it are two different things. When we give something our time then we do both: thought and action.

Thought, action and speech are our tools for creation in this life. The more we can apply our thoughts and actions and speech to a vision or lifeplan the more energy of creation we apply to it.

When we look at our weekly schedule, how much time are we giving our thoughts, action and speech towards our cause or goals? Often not very much but expecting results all the same.

I work with athletes as well as business leaders and the core of success is planning your life. Planning requires the allocation of time, life is today, tomorrow and what happens next week. What you are doing today shapes tomorrow. So if you have a goal in mind you need to effectively plan into your day a time of thoughts, action and speech focused on your goal.

This is a very simple process which is often entirely misunderstood. If you want to be able to play the piano, you have to plan in time for practice every day. If you want to get fit you have to plan into your weekly schedule time to exercise. In both cases your thoughts must be committed to your process and your outcome, this results in you undertaking the actions required to make progress. Eventually you attain your goal.

This may seem fairly straightforward but intriguingly few people apply this planning to their day to day life. For example: an executive who has worked extremely hard for most of their adult life realises they would like more leisure activity and a fulfilling relationship. However, in their lifeplan of their week there is no time allocated for leisure activity or social activities which may also lead them to meet someone. In this case time needs planned for allowing what they want. In this instance the pattern of their behaviour is so set that work has always come first. Although the individual is very accomplished, intelligent, successful, they have not made the link between changing time-set behaviours to attain what they desire. This is where a coach creates a structure and discipline to their lifeplan which allows changes which are desired to occur.

It’s not all hard work, but it does take the gentle learning of new patterns of behaviour and commitment to do so.

Another example: an athlete has been dedicatedly training, has made excellent results and is now offered a further opportunity which demands even more training. Mentally the athlete feels bound; they have a full time job and a family at home, they say there’s no more time for training. In the work I do I see this as a common experience amongst athletes. What unfortunately happens is one area of life can suffer for another, or worse, the overall wellbeing of the athlete suffers becoming detrimental to performance. This is a more extreme version where lifeplanning has to be highly meticulous, rigorous and disciplined and of course we don’t just plan time in this instance, we plan feeding, sleeping, meditating, training, recovery and more. Every moment is accounted for, and it gets results.

You can immediately apply this repatterning to your own life by doing the following this week:

1) Consider what you want to achieve or would like added to or to feature in your life.

2) Observe your weekly schedule and look for times this factor or subject features. Does it? Are you giving it enough time? Are you giving it any time?

3) Plan time into each day or week for your chosen subject or outcome.

4) Commit your thoughts and your actions to following your new plan for at least 30 days to programme your new habits.

5) Review after 30 Days: did you commit your thoughts and actions enough? Do you see results you are happy with? Does your schedule need changed to make it more enjoyable or effective?

This is the beginning of making changes. Once you’ve started you can go on to make short term, medium and long term goals using the same simple strategy.

Changing daily patterns are most easily achieved by:

  • Reflecting on what you want
  • Observing your current patterns / daily routine
  • Giving your goals or preferences your time
  • Committing to creating the outcome

Enjoy and have fun with it. We’ll look on another post at energy and simple steps you can take to increase yours to get more out of your day!

If you’re interested in finding out more about life planning or would benefit from business, personal or athlete coaching get in touch via the contact page.