A critical ingredient for time management

Do you know who you are ? A question on a vintage slate blackboardHow often do you get to the end of a day and wonder, “Where did my time go? I didn’t get anything done today!”

It happens to all of us at some point, but do you find it happening too often?

It doesn’t matter how big or small your intentions are — to get a university degree or clean the garage — time just sails by and you’re frequently left with little to show for it.

You must find a way to slow the relentless locomotive of passing time.

There is a way, but it can be very challenging. In fact, you might find it to be the hardest part of time management. But, it’s also the most important.

You must increase your self-awareness.

Motivational, inspirational, spiritual, religious, self-help, leadership, and psychology books will tell you that very same thing: The beginning of every road to what you want lies within you.

You may have spent a lot of time trying to take shortcuts, avoiding or ignoring the messages you’ve been getting from your Self, and looking for a quick fix or an easy way out.

You may be stuck in the past, holding everyone but yourself responsible for how your life has turned out.

To start priming your mind about awareness, it helps to ask some important questions:

Do I know where I’m headed?

Have I determined the most important things that have to get done?

What am I doing each day to move toward my goals?

Do I know the best hours of the day to work in order to be most productive?

How can I get more done than I ever thought possible?

In order to get more done than you ever thought possible, here are some challenging questions you can ask yourself:

Is it possible that fear is really the thing stopping me from moving forward?

What am I afraid of?

Am I getting the results I want? How does my fear affect my productivity and performance?

Am I wasting time avoiding important issues in my home and work relationships because I’m afraid?

Are my addictions to television, gossip, blame, excuses, and other things — which waste a lot of time — really about my fear of looking inward and being honest with myself?

The most potent — and scariest — part of self-management is increasing your self-awareness and understanding your fears. When you start to grapple with that, and define for yourself what you really want, how you manage your time will change.

Increasing your self-awareness is the first step toward improving time management.

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About Joe Serio

Dr. Joe Serio is a keynote speaker, trainer, and author who helps the people in your organization navigate resistance to change so they can move forward successfully.

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