Why Time Management alone is not enough.
Next time you enter the room to consult, give a presentation, conclude a contract or attend a meeting, take a few seconds and consider this: How you are feeling? Is this a prime time? Are you functioning at your peak? Or are you having to gear yourself up just to make it through this time? Considering all your activities in a day, how many are you approaching supported with vigour and a surge of life energy driven by positive emotion?
One of the greatest assets a person can have is knowing when they will be naturally functioning at their peak and purposely scheduling and optimizing that prime time wherever possible. As the twenty-first century approaches we continue to evolve and progress supported by technology and information that extends itself every second, bridging the ever-increasing gap between consciousness and an eternal life energy.
As a species, being instinctively “social creatures”, life and our survival depends on the efforts, workmanship, and the eventual production and manifestation of our collective dreams and visions.
However, despite our achievements and technological advancements we continue to surge forward carrying with us two very valuable commodities. Being limited in resource and un-recyclable, time and energy serves to provide us with a magical elixir making possible our dynamic ability to create and produce.
Our existence, our reality and ease of living is a direct reflection of how we co-ordinate the expenditure of these two invaluable commodities called time and energy.
YOUR PEAK, WHEN
WILL IT HAPPEN
AND HAVE YOU
In today’s professional arena time and the management thereof is what keeps the pay cheques coming in and the production belts moving. Constructively managing, monitoring and utilizing our available time is essential in order to succeed. We plan it, schedule it, and when deadlines approach we try our very best to exploit and expand every minute.
The concept of time management is very easy to understand and implement in theory. First one should begin to document a work log over a certain period of time in order to realize how much time is allocated to specific tasks. This documentation of daily activities, possibly on a half-hourly basis, is especially valuable in that it begins to pinpoint exactly what and how we construct our days. Sometimes this can be very revealing. With this understanding a task schedule should then be drawn up which minimizes wasted time and streamlines your activities. Then having plotted short, medium and long term goals and with certain time and goal orientated “beacons” in place you can begin by living each day making sure that all your efforts and activities bring you closer to the manifestation of your end objective. – “Live each day successfully and you will live a successful life.” David Wyllie.
However, sometimes our biggest downfall is that we think we can control everything. Our perceptions and understanding of success are very limited and tightly defined to a concept of having to go out and conquer the world on a daily basis. Be it marketing, production, sales, training, whatever, the bottom line on the balance sheet boils down to figures and the constant generation thereof.
Have you ever stopped to consider that success is the careful co-ordination of motivation, time and energy? It is the very process of utilization and co-ordination at the correct time rather than the end result. Essentially there never is an end result to any circumstance or situation. Each achievement forms a building block or foundation for the next experience. Understanding how to continue after an achievement or successful event, is essentially the key to survival. A “Go out and conquer the world,” attitude on a daily basis, year after year, could possibly be our biggest restriction resulting in increased stress, anxiety and frustration.
In nature there exists a very simple law, the law of opposites. Simply put, what goes up must come down. What expands will contract. What grows will eventually die. Being indigenous to this universe and planet we are all subject to the same universal and planetary laws of energy as is everything else in existence. Whether we look at seasons, tides, lunar patterns, planetary orbits or cellular development within our own bodies, in fact, most of what happens around us is a direct result of a pattern or cycle of energy. Each cycle, although independent in temperament at times, is continually evolving in a greater unison resulting in a universal flux or ‘tide’ of energy.
TIME & ENERGY
HAVE AT ANY
Energy and its cycles are rather intrusive when you come to think of it. Every minute of the day, every hour, every day of the year and every year of our lives is governed and subject to a universal flux of energy which we, unknowingly at times, are always responsive to. These energy cycles form the very base core of our experiences. Very often we understand the events and interaction with others, however, we are unable to recognize or identify the essence of energy which is underlying our life experiences.
Being the control freaks we tend to be, I’m sure it’s rather uncomfortable to accept that possibly 80% of our lives and experiences, conservatively speaking, are dictated by a dynamic, natural pulsation of energy.
Why conservatively speaking? Well, when one considers that our energy levels, mental alertness, waking, eating and sleeping patterns are all a direct reflection of our own individual energy cycles. At a very basic level you will soon begin to realize how our lives reflect and are influenced by these natural rhythms. They are inescapable! They dictate! They provide the very core of our essence and our evolution process.
Yes, of course free will exists! Our choice and decisions merely create the path or route which we choose to take. Like the vehicle we drive, the energy patterns constantly form the foundations upon which we base our daily activities. Circumstances, people and our activities change but lying just beneath the surface exists that constant beat of energy.
Returning to time and energy, how can we possibly be so insensitive as to think that we can superimpose a rigid time management structure over an ever evolving, fluctuating, dynamic flow of energy and expect it to work.
In order to minimize the ever-increasing stress in our lives we have to seriously re-look at time management from a new dimension. We have to get to the realization that our energy patterns are the primary force that drives our motivation when it comes to activities. Time management and the scheduling of activities must, if and where possible, reflect the natural flux of energy in order for us to reduce the amount of stress, tension, anxiety and most importantly the risk factor.
AND MINIMIZING YOUR
By aligning our activities with our instinctive energy patterns we will be far more motivated and will require less energy and effort to carry out duties, tasks and daily activities. No matter what profession or job you are challenged with every day, it is absolutely essential, that you begin to recognize times where you need to conquer the world, in other words, giving it all you’ve got, and those times when it is in your best interests to consolidate, minimizing risk and possibly focus on ‘backroom’ activities.
This time and energy dynamic expands from the hours during the day right through to the years in terms of goals and activities. Obviously there are those individuals who tap into their ‘gut’ feeling or hunches on a daily basis and if aware and sensitive enough will allow these feelings or knowings to guide their activities. However, when scheduling future appointments and engagements often one needs some sort of indication. There exist very few people, if any at all, who would prefer to schedule a meeting when confidence levels are low or when on waking for the day you feel emotionally fragile or physically frail.
Working smart not hard requires walking into an environment and having the edge. The edge in terms of dynamic confidence, body language, mental alertness and loads of energy. Communication experts agree that nonverbal communication expressed through body language is the most important part of communication.
Optimizing your performance at the right time and knowing when to conserve your energy and efforts is the key to the successful co-ordination of time and energy. If you are able to successfully co-ordinate your time and energy, which by the way are the only two resources we really have control over, on a daily basis, your life will unfold in alliance with the natural tide of your energy cycles. When this happens the process of creation happens with less effort, is more enjoyable and your general life experience is that much more comfortable.
One of the most up-to-date systems which utilizes individual energy patterning, both in private and professional arenas known as LeeLa (Life’n Leanings Analysis), and is fast becoming an ever increasing aid when it comes to scheduling appointments and activities at prime times. Furthermore, it is able to provide valuable insight as to where an individual is situated along their ever-evolving cyclic progression.
Know your mind.
Know your process.
Know your position.
By: Lawrence Lang