Bringing balance to a busy personal and professional life is truly challenging. In order to accomplish all that seems necessary, most people resolve to work harder and faster. As a result, many individuals express frustration about feeling overwhelmed and not having enough time to focus on what or who is most important to them. In addition, this mounting stress can lead to compromised health and vitality.
Without a doubt, time can be counted among our most precious resources. In fact, many surveys have shown that if forced to make a choice, most individuals would pick having more time over having more money.
In your own life, you have likely discovered that one of the biggest factors contrib-uting to your life satisfaction is having a sense of control over how you spend your time. Ironically, Odette Pollar, author of Take Back Your Life, recommends that the best way to do more is to do less. For example, don’t keep trying to jam more and more into your already over-crowded schedule, but determine to drop several activi-ties and demands instead.
However, before taking this step, you will first need to analyze your priorities. Once you are clear on what is most important to you, then you can eliminate all that does not fit your criteria. Saying “no” more often will allow you to say “yes” to your priorities.
In Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity, author David Allen offers a number of principles and practical suggestions for managing daily activities and re-sponsibilities. He confidently proclaims, “It’s possible for a person to have an over-whelming number of things to do and still function productively with a clear head and a positive sense of relaxed control.”
A key practice in Allen’s methodology for managing our lives is what he calls “outcome visioning.” In other words, picturing in our minds—regarding any commit-ment, activity, or project—what “success” would look like and feel like. Some individ-uals call this process a “mental dress rehearsal”—a way of imagining a desired result that helps them to gain clarity about available resources and creative approaches to achieving their goals.
In your own life, you too will discover that the clearer your vision of the future be-comes, the easier it will be to move toward that image. In addition, as you intention-ally “make room” in your life for what is most important to you, the sense of satisfac-tion and fulfillment you experience will increase and multiply.
Reprinted by permission of Money Quotient, Inc.