What stands in our way?

feather pic 2There never seems to be enough hours in the day.  Or the year has gone by so fast.  Or I will do that when…..  Each of these is the perspective that time is out of our control.  Yet we have choice on what we do with our time – spend it, use it, waste it, enjoy it, play with it, produce, rest, learn, mope , share, etc.  Time is finite and our life does have limits.  The choices we make relative to our time are important to us and others with whom our life is intertwined.

Not only do we think we do not have enough time, we also think we are too tired.  The effort we put into whatever we doing can swing to all or nothing.  We can overwork ourselves – at the day job, maintaining the household, serving the community, or being involved in distractions like TV.  We have a choice.  However, we first need to be aware where we are allocating our energy and how we are refueling ourselves.  Running on empty is kind of difficult.

Both for time and energy we can do a little exercise, answering the question what roles do I play?  So take a moment and list the various roles you have:  Mother, daughter, wife, sister, job, co-worker, friend, Community volunteer (2-4 different roles), caregiver, student/learner/seeker, traveler …    Now how much time (percentage) is delegated per day/week/month to each role.  You can put together a graph so you have a visual of how your time is spent.  There is a table below to complete which will take you through the steps of identification, clarification and actions.

Rearranging the Roles you play, the way you spend your time:

Step 1 Take the list of your current roles and list them in column 1

Step 2: Identify the pressing demands for each role and list in column 2

Step 3 Prioritize each of these demands.  The priority can change relative to the current situation priorities: a work deadline, family roles have to be adjusted, etc.

Step 4:  Determine whether some of the tasks can be temporarily or permanently delegated.  Can they be scaled back, eliminated?  Can you move the due date, location, combine activities?

Role Demand Priority Delegate/Delete/Move Due Date/Combine or ?
1. a.
b.
c.
d.
2. a.
b.
c.
d.
3. a.
b.
c.
D ETC.

 

How do you manage your time and energy?

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