Managing time can be tricky. We all have things we need to do, things we want to do, and things that feel urgent, like we can’t put them off. I’ve struggled with time management, trying to decide the best way to ensure that all the tasks in my life get accomplished.
There are many great ideas out there to guide you through the best way to manage your time. One excellent article in Forbes, written by New York Times bestselling author and time management expert, Kevin Kruse, shares his strategy for using every minute effectively and efficiently. Mr. Kruse uses a visual reminder, a sign on his office door, with the number 1440, the available minutes in every day, printed on it. Seeing this number reminds him not to squander even one precious minute. He recommends a mindset shift – a recognition that time, once wasted, can never be recaptured. Read the full article here.
If you want to tap into that mindset shift and make the most of every one of your precious 1440 minutes today, you should try tapping? You might think that tapping won’t work for time management, but take a look at our post, What EFT doesn’t work on… and you’ll discover that tapping can help you with almost any stressful situation you’re facing. With tapping, you can release any emotional blocks that are holding you back from making the most of your time. Work through the following steps – it should only take about ten to fifteen minutes – and know that this use of your time will help organize your day, freeing you up to be more productive.
1. Tap away the stress of having too much to do – We all have a long to-do list. Whether it’s written down or in our heads, knowing we have a lot to do is stressful. In fact, having too much to do can stop us from doing anything. Start here with your tapping and notice how releasing the stress around having too much to do can help you sort through and organize your day.
KC: Even though I am stressed out because have too much to do, a huge to-do list, and I don’t know where to start, I accept myself. (say 3x)
EB: I am stressed out
SE: I have too much to do
UE: A huge to-do list
UN: And I don’t know where to start
CP: All this stress
CB: I have too much to do… I can’t sort it all out
UA: All this stress
TH: I have too much to do
2. Tap away the uncertainty of what’s most important – You should finish the two or three most important tasks of the day first. In this way, you are certain to complete the crucial items. If time allows, you can move to other tasks. Remember the 80/20 rule, which says that 20% of what you do will provide 80% of the benefits you’re looking to gain. For more about the 80/20 rule, you can read an article explaining it here.
Don’t be afraid to become laser focused regarding your time and how you spend it. If you are unclear as to the most important tasks in your day, try tapping on it. Tapping will allow you to gain clarity, make a schedule, and stick to it.
KC: Even though I’m stuck and feeling overwhelmed because I’m not sure what is the most important task and I’m not sure how to decide, I accept myself. (say 3x)
EB: I’m stuck
SE: I don’t know what’s the most important task
UE: I don’t know how to decide what’s most important
UN: There are so many things I have to do
CP: It’s overwhelming to try and pinpoint the most important things I have to do
CB: All my tasks are important
UA: How can I decide… pick the two or three most important
TH: I’m feeling so overwhelmed and stuck… trying to decide what tasks are most important
3. Tap away the fear of organization – Organizing your tasks is a necessary step in managing your time. By taking a little time to organize, you are actually giving yourself more time in the long run. One thought is to plan your day by creating a schedule in an online or paper planner. Block out the time you will take for each task and don’t deviate. Once you have written it down, you are more apt to stick to your schedule and finish your work.
KC: Even though I’m frustrated because I can’t organize my day…it takes too much time and I don’t even know where to start, I accept myself. (say 3X)
EB: I’m frustrated because can’t organize my day
SE: It takes too much time and I need to get to work
UE: I don’t have time to take more time and organize
UN: And there’s so much to do that I can’t even get started
CP: How do I set up a schedule?
CB: How much time should I allot to each task?
UA: What if I schedule things wrong… make a mistake
TH: I’m so frustrated and afraid to organize my day, create a schedule
4. Tap away the time wasters – When your schedule is packed and you feel like you’ll never get it all done, it’s easy to turn to time wasters as an escape. Whether it’s watching a movie or show, catching up on social media, overcommitting to outside opportunities, or deleting all your extra emails, you probably know that you’re wasting time. Try tapping on letting go of the things that are really not important in your workday life.
KC: Even though I am procrastinating, wasting time with social media, television and other distractions… it stresses me out and I know I’m doing it… I want to stop but I can’t… because when I have too much to do I want the distraction, I accept myself. (say 3X)
EB: I’m procrastinating and I know it
SE: Watching television or checking social media… wasting time
UE: I know these time wasters don’t help me manage my schedule
UN: I know I’m procrastinating and it feels like I can’t stop
CP: I want to stop wasting time but I can’t
CB: Sometimes, I want the distraction but then I feel stressed out
UA: Feeling so stressed out because I’m wasting time, procrastinating
TH: It’s so easy to waste time doing these other things… and I’m stressed out
5. Scheduling time for self-care – While following a schedule and organizing your work time is essential, all of us need down time. Working all the time is counter-productive and not sustainable. Add into your scheduled time a few of the things you love to do, including watching television and checking your social media accounts. Self-care may also include planning time to meet friends, having a massage, or reading a chapter of your current book. You can’t be successful if you don’t take time for yourself. So be sure to schedule some relaxing time for you into your time management system.
KC: Even though I’m feeling burned out and overloaded because I don’t have time for myself… all I do is work, work, work… I never have any fun, never take any time for the things I love to do, and I feel guilty when I think about taking time off, I accept myself and how I feel. (say 3x)
EB: I’m feeling burned out and overloaded
SE: I don’t have any time for myself
UE: I never have any fun… never take any time to do the things I love
UN: All I do is work
CP: I feel guilty when I think about having fun
CB: But I need a break… I’m burned out and overloaded
UA: I feel really guilty when I think about taking time off
TH: But I do need a break… need time to have fun… to do the things I love
Managing time successfully is your key to getting more accomplished. Determining your most important tasks and have a scheduling system in place to get them completed gives you more time for work and play.
Include tapping as a part of your time management system and leave a comment letting us know how it works. We’d love to hear from you about your experience and about the biggest time management obstacles you face.