It’s been obvious that there are resources in our life that we need to control. So far, “knowledge” seems to be a resource that people can control with the use of appropriate learning skills. “Money” is a resource that people can control with the appropriate sets of skills an dbeliefs as well.
However in most cases, “time” is a resource that a lot of people don’t really know how to handle. It may seem that there’s no “skill” that you can learn to control time, unlike knowledge or wealth. Well, by now, you probably know that’s bogus.
Let’s take a look at the factors that allow you to handle time effectively.
#1 – Focus on what drives you.
In NLP, we understand the concepts of values: our inner motivational driving forces. If you have not really explored your own personal values, you should. It is the way in which you define these values that enables you to handle time properly. After all, clarity of hierarchy is the thing that gives you clarity of priorities.
#2 – Audit your values regularly
It’s no use if you’ve brought your values to consciousness but don’t review them. Review and audit them regularly to remind yourself of why you do what you do.
#3 – Establish the right beliefs about time.
If you are unaware of limiting beliefs about learning or money, you’ll find that you end up not being able to learn and probably not having enough money. Likewise, if you are not aware of your limiting beliefs about things you do, you might end up losing time. For example, when do you say you “don’t have time”? What are the common elements that are associated with those things that you don’t have time for? No time for:
- Handling details (schedules, receipts, etc)?
- Meeting new people?
- Household chores?
- Quality time with your spouse?
Conversely, what do you have time for instead, where there is no resistance?
- Watching re-runs?
- Drinking alcohol?
- Habitual smoking?
- Window shopping?
This will uncover things about yourself you need to explore.
#4 – Control your internal representations.
Did you know that when you are rushed for time and when time disappears, it’s pretty much when you don’t keep track of it? Well, technically, even if you were handling your tasks well, time also seems to fly – but you have evidence that you’ve got your work done and you know you’ve used time well.
- Go back in your mind and ask yourself what is the difference between (a) the times when you had lots of time and did not produce results compared with (b) the times when you got things done.
- Notice what submodalities are different. Look especially in terms of the types of mental images. You might find that in (a) you had many fleeting images of different things in disarray in your mind, whereas for (b), they appear to be more structured and organized.
- Whenever you encounter situations like (a), convert the submodalities into those of (b) using the Mapping Across technique in NLP.
Which reminds me… I have to get some things done now. =D