5 Steps to Improve Your Time Management and Avoid Distractions
Staying Focused Is Time Management for the Important Things in Your Life
Most everyone is aware of how difficult it can be staying focused. With all the distractions around us, whether it’s the numerous interruptions caused by technology, your family’s needs or your finances; not to mention your health, relationships and many other areas of your life – it is a miracle that we get anything done!
Big questions often asked in life are “Why Am I Here?” or “What Is My Purpose in Life?”
These questions are inquiries about your gifts, your passions, your contributions to the world. It’s about being in tune with who you really are and it comes from a very deep core level inside of you, and for many of you, when you have clarity on your purpose in life, it will feel like a spiritual experience.
I’ll never forget the time I discovered my purpose in life. I was at an Anthony Robbins 10 day Coaches Training Program. One of the processes we worked through was discovering, or uncovering, whichever way you want to look at it, our purpose in life. We worked on it for a few days throughout the training.
By the end of the third day I was fairly close to what I wanted, so I got up the next morning for my daily morning walk through the hillsides of San Diego, and was compelled to sing my Purpose Statement, and as I sang this…”I am Joy I am Enthusiasm, Visionary Child of God, I Inspire Action in All His People, Awakening Souls Throughout the Universe”, and as I sang “Universe” the path I was walking on curved around the hillside and right there in front of me was the most spectacular sunrise I’ve ever seen, rising in the middle of two hillsides, and it immediately brought me to tears. That’s how I knew I was spot on with my purpose in life statement.
That was in 2000, and it has clearly guided me in my life ever since.
Find your Purpose in Life
Here are some questions you can begin asking to be thoughtful and curious about your purpose in life. Make a commitment to yourself that you are taking this exercise very seriously, and that your 30 day outcome is that you will know in your heart, what your Purpose in Life Statement is. It’s certainly worth focusing on for 30 days of your life.
What are the values that guide my life? Are you guided by honesty, compassion, intelligence, strength…what are the top 5-10 values that you live by?
When I’m at my very best in my life, who am I ‘being’? If you’re musical, are you ‘being’ creative, open, relaxed? Who are you really ‘being’ when you’re ‘doing’ something you love.
What is my vision for my life? Who do you truly want to become, when you take away all the old stories, beliefs or rules that might limit you. Who are you, really?
Imagine how different your life will be when you’re no longer asking yourself the ‘what is my purpose’ question. Rather, you’ll be living it every day.
Transition, Fresh Start, New: Autumn a Season of Birth
Somewhere along the way, I realized that the new year doesn’t begin for me in January. The new and fresh has always come for me in the Fall. Ironically, as leaves are falling like rain, crunching beneath my feet with finality, I am vibrating with the excitement of birth and new beginnings…. My year begins in Autumn. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon
As you walk along your path this Autumn it is easy to let the beauty and serenity of the season pass you by. It is easy to look ahead to the cold, dark nights of winter, (especially here in Minnesota1) or the dawning of a new year. Yet what could change if our views moved from endings to new beginnings?
Something to consider: If it weren’t for Autumn, new seeds would never fall or have time to blossom into next year’s harvest …
Fall isn’t just about beauty, crisp days or pumpkins – it is time of letting go and sowing for the future.
Before you prepare to head into the colder days of winter or the holiday season; this time, right now, is the perfect time to begin setting the seeds for spring. What action do you need to take right now to make that happen? What do you want your spring to look like – full of life and expansion?