Create a relaxed attitude towards time management. Get out of “damage control” mode. How often do you feel crunched for time? Is your schedule manageable and are you devoting time every day towards your major goals, or is most of your time devoted to urgent things like putting out fires? Maybe you are caught up in what seems like never ending damage control? Using a mix of positive thinking and practical tools, you can quickly make changes that create a more manageable approach to time in your daily life.
Use affirmations. One time affirmation that I love is “I am so happy and so thankful now that I have all of the time I need.” I immediately feel more relaxed and centered when I say this. Much of the time crunch that we feel on a daily basis is the worry that we feel. Perhaps you are thinking “I will never get this done”. Or you may just worry about not having enough time. If you have lived your life in an overscheduled, hectic manner for a long time, this may be a perpetual thought process for you. Changing your attitude toward time helps alleviate constant worry.
The next step is to figure out what you can do to free up time. Realize where your time is going, eliminate things from your schedule, delegate tasks when you can (become really good at this skill), and use a method to plan your day.
Today, record how you spend your day. Write down everything as you are doing it. At the end of the day, reflect, and see where there are opportunities for change.
Decide, today, to eliminate one thing from your schedule and choose one thing that you can delegate to someone else.
Next, identify a procrastination problem and do one thing to relieve the stress (decide the next step, do the next item, make some forward progress, etc)
Finally, clean up your calendar (hard copy or email. I love Outlook) make sure everything is up to date.
Notice how you feel at the end of the day. Notice how many times I used the word “today”. Today is the day to make a difference. Today is the day for you to improve your relationship with time.