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Hi, How to lighten life’s load
April 03, 2009
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It seems to be a universal problem. We take on too much. YOU take on too much. There seems to be a misguided sense of self-worth if you have a huge amount to do . BUT, this has a very negative impact because not getting things done creates stress, poor decision making, ill health and a sense of failure.
Right now, you may feel trapped by any number of things. Your job, school obligations, errands, commuting, chores around the house … by the time you get done with all those things you feel you have to do in a day, who has any time for the things you want to do?
Is Your Life’s Load Too High?
You only get 24 hours in a day, and at a minimum six of those need to be devoted to sleep. That leaves 18 or fewer hours in any given day to squeeze in everything on your to-do list . And to get the most out of these hours you need to have lots of physical, emotional and mental energy.
STOP – I say you are pushing yourself too hard. You can’t get everything done so STOP.
If your personal load becomes so excessive that you’re pushing the boundaries of your time, emotions and physical ability, you enter the “red zone” known as overload.
To put this in concrete terms, think about your car fuel gauge. Got the picture in your head. OK – when the gas indicator hits the red zone you know you are running out of gas. You know the car will stop running if you keep going for too long. So you plan to stop and fill-up before too long.
Now let’s make the gas more like time. Imagine you get only one tank of gas per day – 24 pints (not much I know – it helps with the analogy). When you run out of gas, that’s it, you can’t use the car anymore. How would this impact the driving you did for the day? I think you would manage your driving more carefully and be very aware of getting close to the red zone.
Yet, you, and most people, do not look at time this way. You seem to disregard that you only have 24 pints of time available to get where you want. You get into the red zone but you still have more “driving” to do. TOO LATE and things don’t get done.
So STOP going into the red zone. START to think of your time like you have limited fuel to get you where you need to go today.
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Michael Erwin is an internationally certified coach who specializes in Time Creation. He has created the unique Time Management for the 21st Century system. Get the FREE version here. He has collected the most effective time management resources, including Time Management Videos and made them available to FREE at http://www.time-management-central.net
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