Take A Reality Check On Time
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Article Title: Take A Reality Check On Time
Author: Wendy Hearn
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Web Address: http://www.Business-Personal-Coaching.com
Take A Reality Check On Time
You have more than enough time for the things you've
chosen to focus on, haven't you? Perhaps your focus is
on your personal life, your career, being a leader,
developing your business or whatever is important to
you. If your use of time doesn't reflect these
focused activities, the route to achieving personal
success will be a long one.
Using time effectively is a simple process, yet I've
found that often, the most basic actions steps aren't
taken. I noticed this in myself recently while
reading a book. As I skimmed the page, I decided this
wasn't something I needed to read. I wanted to read
something I knew nothing about, so I could learn about
it. After all, I needed new information, not the same
thing I'd heard many times before. Yet because I've
been aware of being more focused and effective, a few
of the words had obviously stuck in my mind and kept
coming back to me over the next few days. The words
were 'create a time-log.' I didn't really need to
hear this because it's fairly basic stuff. I'm way
past that! I thought I was clear on what my time was
used for and that it was all productive. Wasn't it?
Because it came into my mind a couple of times, I
decided to give it a bit of space.
A time log is simply a record of how you use your time.
So armed with a piece of paper, I started to log my
time and activities, partly to prove that I didn't
need to do it. Although at first I forgot to log
everything, as I persevered I soon got into the habit
of it. Boy, was I in for a shock. I would have said
that I knew how I spent my time and that it was all
effective. I didn't waste much time and people often
comment how much I manage to fit in. However I'd also
become complacent and stopped looking for ways to
improve and manage myself.
When I'm working with clients, one of the areas we
cover is how to get in touch with present reality.
If you don't know specifically where you are now,
it's harder to see what needs to be worked on and to
plan future steps forward. The time log demonstrated
to me that I was quite out of touch with the reality
of what I spent my time on. As I continued with the
time log, I could see a much clearer picture. Seeing
it in black and white left me in a better position to
make choices and changes. You're not able to make
effective choices if you don't fully appreciate
what's happening. Whereas I thought that some things
took me 30 minutes to do, the reality was nearer 90.
I was then free to choose whether these activities
were the most effective use of my time. I was able
to see what else could be delegated; especially the
things I'd convinced myself took only a couple of
minutes. The time log also gave me the opportunity
to identify the times when I was inspired by my
vision and taking action from there and the times
when I wasn't. I could see clearly that these
actions were more effective when I was inspired by
my vision and this encouraged me to be with my
Being aware of what you spend your time on is an
ongoing process and with the speed of change that
occurs now, it's something you need to keep a regular
check on. And remember it's often the simple and
basic things which we're not always implementing.
What I want is for you to be clear about your present
reality regarding your use of time.
Personal and Professional Coach
She works with business owners, professionals and executives to
discover and unlock their own inspiration, to effortlessly take
the actions required to have the success they desire.
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