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Coaching is for …

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden

You want results.

You desire something better.

You want a better job.

You want more time for yourself.

You can get those things.   A coach can help you achieve far more than you think you can.   Become more confident.  Become more resilient.

Why Coaching Works

You get results when you focus on achievement.    You get results when you have a plan that you are executing on a regular basis.   You have more time when you use your time to your advantage.   Opportunities come to you more often.   Start living the life you want to create for yourself.

Change starts when you give yourself a chance to change.

What are you waiting for?

Where did the time go?

“It is the idle who complain they cannot find time to do that which they fancy they wish. In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the time but the will that is wanting.”   Sir John Lubbock

“I don’t have enough time.”

“I’d like to live a balanced life.”

Procrastination often anchors people’s dreams and desires to the shore of inactivity and results in regret. It takes a burst of energy to move out of the depths of inaction and often that energy is lost in the thoughts of fear and failure.

When there is more activity pushed into a days worth of time than can be consumed it can result in a sense of failure.   Sometimes it is packing into the minutes things that are of low value, easy to do and complete but they may be things that don’t really matter.

1. What really matters?

2. What value will it produce?

3. What will it feel like to accomplish those goals?

Success is about making every effort to complete the goal.

Now more than ever there are tools that can help you use time to your advantage.

1. Simpleology

2.  Evernote

Having your tasks, goals and activities are in one place can help you organize your day better and improve the opportunity for results.

What time management tools do you use?   How well are they working for you?

time … where does it all go?

“I believe in the force of time, the impetus of that dimension that seems to have baffled even the physicists, the power of that force that will, in time, cure every ill, solve every problem, fulfill every nightmare. Time. I see time all about me, like a substance. I see it in the clutter of my apartment, in the fabric of the city, in the lessons that I teach. The tyranny of time, as dictatorial as any god.”  Simon Mawer

There is never enough of it and you can’t buy more of it.   You can’t take it back nor can you give it away.  You can watch each silent tick when waiting or try to slow them down when you are late.  TIME. 

Each day the pace of the world seems to increase.   Each day demands more of who we are.  Each day demands more attention and each moment craves more of you.  If there was only a little bit more time to the day, imagine what could get done.

We either use each moment or waste it.  How do you use your time?   What would you want to do with each moment if you could?  What is the best way you can use each moment?

Marcia K. Hornok wrote,
“The clock is my dictator, I shall not rest.
 It makes me lie down only when exhausted.
It leads me to deep depression.
It hounds my soul.
It leads me in circles of frenzy for activity’s sake.
Even though I run frantically from task to task,
I will never get it all done,
For my “ideal” is with me.
Deadlines and my need for approval, they drive me.
They demand performance from me, beyond the limits of my schedule.
They anoint my head with migraines.
My in-basket overflows.
Surely fatigue and time pressure shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the bonds of frustration forever.”   

Is that your story?  Is your day filled with frantic activity that just doesn’t stop?  What do you want your day to look like?

What are you racing against?   When would you like to get off the treadmill of life?  When would you like to stop competing with the rats?

balance … is it possible?

op-ti-mize:  (verb) – to make as effective, perfect, as useful as possible. 

Seeking balance and harmony is something many people desire especially in a world that is fast moving, complex and full.   Women especially seem to be mired deeply in the vortex of trying to balance work, family, children and their own personal desires and find it is difficult to find the right balance.

One lady that I talked to was trying to balance a busy work life, a three small boys, a business and a family and it made for a complex and busy day.   Much of the family raising rests on the women as caretaker, nurturer and family manager which leaves very little time to relax, and work on their own personal development goals.

In a sense we have moved beyond balance, there is only so much time in a day to get what “needs” to get done.   The next step is optimization of each day.   That means that we maximize the value of the time we have.   Balance implies that we can shift one thing to another in order to do something different and in many cases balance just isn’t possible, so optimization is what is needed.

 The list is growing longer.  It is all important and it needs to be done TODAY, or so it seems.   In that maelstrom of swirling thoughts less and less gets done and more and more pressure gets heaped on you.   You know these things have to get done but there isn’t any time.   And before long a thought creeps in,  a small one at first, a small voice that cries louder and louder.   How does everyone else do it … “I mean everyone else is able to do …..”, so “why am I such a failure?”.   

The assumption is that “everyone” else is able to do more and more with less time.  What if that assumption was wrong and that most people struggle to get everything they want to do in  day done.   What if more and more was left undone to focus on the critical few things that must be done.   What if each day was optimized and the focus was on is essential.  Optimize the day.

What can you do to focus on the few important things in your day?

What would help you optimize your day?

 

 “Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” – Earl Nightingale

say yes to …

Many people live cluttered lives, not that their physical environment is cluttered but that their emotional environment is cluttered.   So many people are struggling with too much in their day and too much of the stuff that they have in their life is clutter.   It might be email, or social networking sites, or activities that provide little value and take a lot of time. 

How much TV are you watching?   How much of your time is being used up on activities that are just sucking the life out of your body.   We live in a world where there are many time leeches each wanting a bite of us and eventually there is nothing left but frustration and disappointment.   Disappointment that things that really do matter aren’t getting done.  Disappointment in a life that just seems to be slipping away.   Is that where you are?   Are you being drained by time leeches?

What do you do?  You start saying “No” to the leeches so that you can focus on those things that add value to your life.   Maybe you need more time for exercise and other things just seem to get in the way, what is more important, your exercise or the time leeches?

Maybe you’re looking for a better job and you find that there is no time to prepare for that new career.   Maybe there is no time to go to school to learn the skills needed to enter into a new career possibility.

Where does your time go?   Take control of your life and write down those activities throughout the day that are taking a bite out of your time.   Which items or activities are really adding value to your life?   How much time are you spending doing the things that really matter to you?   Schedule the “have to’s” so that you can get all of them done in one session rather than looking at them day after day and putting them back in a drawer for another day.  Tackle the “have to’s” and get them done.    Then prioritize what is left, what really matter and put that at the top of your list.   Write down your goals and post them so you see them daily, let your goals remind you of what is important and focus on those.

What can you change to get more out of your day?

time frame

Time is an elusive character, when we need it we can’t have enough of it, and when we are waiting there is too much of it.

There are people whose lives are scheduled from start to finish.  Their lives are dominated by the clock.  Master the clock to master your life some would think.  

There are others who spend time freely, not living by a schedule but living by the moment.  

For most people time is classified by the future or the present and by schedule or by flow.    Think about the person who has a well scheduled day, everything is planned out for the day and that person clearly just focuses on the present.   They are the people who will focus on you in the moment and when the time is up they are on to the next event on their schedule.

Another person being very schedule driven focuses on what is to come, the future.  Their schedule extends out for a few months, highly structured and future focused, these people like to have things well planned out.

Then there are those who focus on today and just let it happen, they enjoy the moment free of the restraints of a schedule and take time to accomdate what will show up.   Their friends are the most important things in the moment.  

Then there are those who are future focused and not a strong planner, these people dream about what can be and enjoy living in the future with the belief that the right things will happen.   Life flows and is open, to create and imagine what will be.

What time domain fits your life style.  The planner focused on today.  The planner focused on the future.   The free thinker focused on today or the thinker focused on tomorrow.

How do you think about time?   How do you think it impacts others you work with or have a relationship with?

no time for it

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” – Carl Sandburg

Time slips through your life like fine sand.   When you need it there is none left.   Where did it go and how can you get some of it back?

Time management strategies

Better use of time.

It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?
– Henry David Thoreau