A new year awaits, and you may have already set a vision for 2021. How will you focus on what is most purposeful with all the demands on your time? Being overextended with an abundance of commitments and options is pretty common these days, but without clear boundaries and a way to keep on course, your days will be demand-driven rather than purpose-directed.
If you don’t use your inner compass to keep on course, you are likely to be in the same situation at this same time next year, without enough traction for what you came here to do. No one else can have the same impact and touch lives the way you do. Don’t run the real risk of missing critical opportunities through distractions!
Imagine instead having a perfect balance between responsiveness and intentionality in how you spend your time.
Here are four steps you can take to get out of overwhelm and into a purposeful flow:
- Make a list of all the current commitments that take up your time, and the core motivators that led you to each of those commitments. Your motivators are likely to include things such as income generation, family time, community connections, professional development and fun as well as a strong sense of calling. Notice which commitments are tied to many motivators and those reflecting only one.
- Reflect on which commitments express your higher purpose and core values, and which do not. Many stressful commitments reflect priorities you’ve outgrown, or basic needs that could be met in easier ways. Only you can distinguish which is which, and setting new priorities based on what matters most will change everything. Is there a responsibility that you need to delegate, or a client that you need to refer to someone else?
- For each low-motivation commitment, brainstorm other ways to get that need met. Look for the gains you can get when you choose commitments that meet multiple needs. For example, joining a professional networking group that shares your spiritual values could support income generation, community connection, professional development and the calling of your heart.
- Finally, block out regular time in your calendar for your most purposeful priorities. This requires setting boundaries around protected time as well as changing expectations about your availability. Others may need to get used to a 2-hour response time or even a 24-hour response time instead of instant replies to their requests. Holding healthy boundaries does not mean closing iron doors around your time. It does involve treating each block of time as a mission-critical unit that can be moved around if need be, but not abandoned.
What do you need to say “No” to in order to say “Yes” to what matters most?
If you could use some assistance with time balancing, you are welcome to reach out at https://www.clearchangegroup.com/contact-clear-change-group/ for more information about a New Year special low-fee Perfect Time Balance session. I look forward to connecting with you!