Chapter 11 – Time and Life Management

Need to be working toward something need to set goals

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Unformatted text preview: planners: • 95% of what is written in planners has to do with work, career or finance – creates an imbalance between work and family and personal needs • planners cause us to live by lists, to act rather than respond – begin to view things that are not on list as irritations or distractions instead of opportunities – begin to lose critical balance between structure and spontaneity • planners: problem- oriented and accomplishment- oriented – direct their attention to things, on getting and doing things, sometimes at the expense of people and giving and thinking – results in imbalance between achievements and relationships Keys to Creating Balance: Simplifying • knowing what we value most and acting on the things we value • what do I choose to do? what do I want to do? (not what do I have to do?) • ask four questions: 1. will it matter in 10 years? 2. what do I need more of in my life? 3. what do I need less of? 4. how can I make this simpler? Doing What Really Matters • direct our priorities to three specific areas, priorities common to everyone: 1. Family: our relationships with family and friends 2. Work/Career/School: areas of professional development 3. Self: development of inner self and ways we serve others • spend 5 min/day deciding on most important thing you can do that day for family/friends, professional development, and yourself • make commitment to stop everything and spend at least 5 minutes stopping and doing nothing other than thinking Balancing Attitude: Balancing Structure and Spontaneity Antiplanning: describes attitude of setting goals an...
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