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Create Time for Your Success – 5 Steps

The idea of creating my own time seemed foreign to me when I originally heard of it. We have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 52 weeks in a year. How do I create more time.

Let’s take what cost us time first. I have a list of 10 things I want to get done. I prioritize them based on the sense of urgency I feel toward each of those items. Sense of urgency equaling the potential for pain I might feel if I don’t get something done. Simple enough right? No. Yes, some of those urgent things may give you an increase in energy, but quite often the urgent things are a drain on our system. Going out on a limb a bit further, I might add that always putting the urgent things first can turn into a habit, a perpetual cycle.

Now let’s look at our 10 things that we want to get done from the stand point of what will give me a return on my time ©. For me, writing this blog post gives me a boost. I don’t write my blog because I have to write it. I write it because it aligns with my purpose, my direction in life. And when I do write in my blog, my energy level goes up and I have more energy to do those things that I want to get done. In a sense, I have compressed what I can get done into a smaller time frame because I have increased my energy to do what I want to do.

By doing the things that energize us we are investing in our energy thereby increasing it and what we can get done – which results in a return on our time.

My 5 Steps for Creating Time

  1. Create a list of things you want to do (daily, every other day, weekly, etc.)
  2. Now prioritize the items on your list based on which items will give you the most energy.
  3. Start each day working on those things at the top of your list (those energy building task).
  4. Mid-way through your day evaluate your energy level and your list. Would you get more done continuing to do those high energy activities or would it feel right to switch and get an urgent item off your list? Make a decision and do that thing.
  5. Periodically take note of your energy level. When you find your energy level dropping ask yourself what it is you really want to be doing now.

I do not see this as a time management technique. I see it as an energy expanding technique that has an investment affect on our time, of creating more time for us to do what I want to do.

Give it a try for a week and let me know in the comments. Or email me your thoughts and reactions at .

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