Learn NLP – Time Management

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

NLP Expert Teaches: Productive Writing Strategy And NLP

If you are a writer in need of speeding up your writing tasks, you probably want to read this article!

I’ve met a number of writers who are exceptionally good in their art, but fall short on their time requirements. Not only do they find that time catches up on them rapidly, they end up with a bad backlog of projects that cause them more stress. The downward spiral is excacerbated.

In order to ensure you are productive in your writing, I’d like to suggest what I call the NLP “writing stances”.

Writing Stance #1: Confrontational

This approach to writing definitely creates a burst of energy for anyone wanting to come out with content quickly. It basically is a shift of your emotional and physiological stance to confront a problem by first acting as if it were a personal issue. For instance, this article was written because I kept seeing so many people who face the productivity problem that I had to write it to “vent” and deal with the frustration as though I was the one with the productivity problem. This emotional state can get you to shift any mental block rather quickly. However, it may need a bit of censoring and editing in case your audience is not used to the expletives that may come out as a result of this stance!

Writing Stance #2 – Curiosity

This is a great stance to take up. When you place yourself in absolute curiosity for your article, you pose questions to yourself as if you were absolutely curious about the subject matter you are seeking answers to. Then, like the unraveling of a murder mystery, you come closer toward a conclusion of the article by means of a natural flow.

Writing Stance #3 – Three Things Factual

I find this approach easier for most beginning authors, or if you really need to get an article up and running as quickly as you can. The reason for this is basically because of a psychological tendency for us to move toward completion. If there are three things to consider, then that’s all you need to focus on. After listing each of the three items and elaborating on them, you’ll find there’s little room for mental blocks – your path has already been laid out!

Writing Stance #4 – Frivolity

Ooh. This one is really an off the cuff thing talking about whatever you observe or sense. It’s like conversational banter, and using each thing you notice around you to bring the reader closer to your point. I mean, I might have had a tall latte from Starbucks in the morning, but don’t just talk about that. Make conclusions about what you noticed. A creativity tool called “synectics” can show you how to creatively link two things in a somewhat meaningful way. For example, you might be writing about the topic of happiness. Hey, I’m sure there are a million and one ways to connect a “tall Latte” to “happiness” in a meaningful way!

Writing Stance #5 – Polarity

It’s very easy to agree with what others write. It’s not as easy to consider why others’ points of view may not be the most developed. In other words, you become a critic of others’ writings and elevate your point to something original or innovative. To do this, you have to use an argumentative approach that debunks the premises of others’ claims in order to come up with something more outstanding or give people the “wow, I didn’t realize this, but it’s a great point” experience.

So you have the five stances I’ve modelled from great writing states… go out there and start writing!