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Time Management - Pinpointing Those Emotional Blocks to Change
My last two posts about Time Management (The Clock Is Ticking! How Good Are You At Time Management) and (Time Management: Know Where Time Goes - Keep A Log) said that the first two steps in managing time are to be clear about your purpose and your direction in life and then to know how you spend your time.
Knowing those things and completing the first two steps are important. But often time management improvement plans still fail. This is usually because there are underlying emotional issues.
Sometimes people feel guilty about spending time on their own interests. For example, what about the rest of the family – shouldn't this time be spent with the children? Or perhaps you might be anxious about saying no to a colleague and refusing to help them at the expense of time to do your own work. This might be because you lack the confidence to be assertive.
So any time management program needs to include an emotional management element.
You will find posts here, usually on Wednesdays, about handling big emotions. For example, last Wednesday I discussed dealing with feelings of shame. (Is shame spoiling your life?).
So, if you want to improve your time management skills, I would suggest reading my Wednesday posts here as well as following this series. The next post in this series will be about becoming better organized and it should be here on Monday 11th June 2012.
Wendy Mason is a Life and Career Coach. She helps people have the confidence they need to be successful at work and to change career while maintaining a good work/life balance. You can email her at wendymason @wisewolfcoaching.com