There are many types of pain. Feeling overwhelmed, chronically exhausted, or unable to stretch non-elastic time to t what needs doing is one kind. So is wanting to do one thing and having to do another; knowing the people you love most feel low on your priority list; or giving up hope you’ll ever move toward that life dream.
When you believe you can time-manage yourself out of that kind of pain, which is what I tried for years, life tends to offer its version of a wake-up call: head- aches, illness, anger, outbursts, insomnia, overeating or drinking—you name it. If the pain gets bad enough we seek change.
Consider whether you’re ready:
1. Do you want to move away from the pain of over- whelmed and busy-busy-busy?
2. Are you willing to try something other than more time-management techniques that treat only symptoms?
3. You consider with an open mind that your time- problem isn’t about time.
Consider the statements below. If you’ve had enough and want to change it, check it. If it’s out of control sometimes, but more okay for you than not, leave it blank.
- I’m tethered to work 24/7/365; people can reach me via cell anytime and they do.
- I use at least part of the weekend to catch up on work.
- My life and responsibilities are over owing my ability to get everything I want done.
- I don’t have any time to think or be creative and that hurts the quality of my work.
- I have out-of-control numbers of unopened emails and just ignore some.
- I need to delegate more but have no time to train or hire anyone.
- My New Year’s resolution was to improve work-life balance and I broke it in weeks.
- Significant others in my life complain about my lack of time and attention.
- I feel at the end of my rope more days than not.
- I can’t remember the last time I unplugged and relaxed, even on vacation.
- I feel compelled to check my phone every few minutes to make sure I don’t miss something important.
- I know that stress and pressure are affecting my health and well-being.
- I keep hoping things at work and home will change.
- 14. There are so many things I’d like to do, but I just don’t have time to do them.
Self-scoring: Only you know if something is too much, too little, or just right for you. However, typically if you checked eight or more, i.e. more than half, there’s a consistent problem that time-management alone is unlikely to solve.
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