Forget time management, rather focus on timekeeping. It isn’t about techniques or technology, but more about mindset and heart-set. About what’s truly important… or what should be.
The fine folks at Your TV in Halton have asked me to share a series of valuable tips on how to make better decisions with your time. This is the first in the series. Please enjoy the brief video interview, and you’re encouraged to look out for, follow and apply the tips from future videos. This is what’s on for you today.
“I should spend more time with my family”. That’s probably important. “I should be more efficient in my work”. Yup probably important. I spotlight the word “should”. Is “should” an indicator of values and priorities being ignored, or a false obligation? Here’s a 3-step process to make better decisions with your time by shifting your mindset and engaging your heart.
One… notice you’ve used the word “should”.
Two… decide if it’s an indicator of values or priorities you’ve neglected.
Three… if it is, here’s a valuable 3-step process. First, change the language. Replace “should” with “will”, or even better “commit to”. For example “I should spend more time with my family” at best an indication, will transform into “I commit to spending more time with my family”, and that’s a declaration.
Second, identify one preferably small change you’ll make to honour your new declaration. The smaller and easier, the greater chance you actually do it. For example “I’ll not respond to messages on my smart phone when I’m with family”. Small and easy will help you get to “I’ll put away my smart phone when I’m with family”. Wouldn’t that be great!
And third, identify when you’ll make that small, easy change. Today? Tuesday? From 7 to 10PM? The more explicit, the better chance of you honouring your commitment, sticking to it, and moving on to more meaningful changes.
So should you use this simple process to make better decisions with your time? Will you? Do you commit to? If you want to explore how Timekeepers can help you, your people or organization make better decisions with your time, reach out to me. Till next time.