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NLP and Time Management - Stop wasting your life and use your time to make more money, have better relationships, enjoy your self more and squeeze the juice from life. Need help in building strategies, structure and making decisions? Then get NLP Coaching with Abby Eagle. Face-to-face or online skype sessions. NLP, Hypnotherapy and Meditation Gold Coast... Neuro Linguistic Programming sessions - online coaching available.
By Abby Eagle (2016)
Time is the most valuable resource that you have.
Knowledge you can gain, skills you can develop, experiences you can have, understandings can arise, possessions you can accumulate, money you can borrow from others or you can make - but time is the only resource that is outside of your control - time is your most valuable resource.
Can you store time in a Bank account; can you horde it in a cupboard? As you get older and time runs out does time become more or less valuable to you? Perhaps time always had that value but only with the onset of old age and death do you become more aware of how precious time actually is.
How do you currently spend your time? How much time do you spend watching television? If you watch television are you getting value on that investment? At the end of the day do you reflect back upon the day and say to yourself? "I had a great day to day. I spent 6 hours watching television. I feel so fulfilled."
At 85 years of age will you look back on life and say, "I spent my life in front of a television set. What was it all about?" Or at 85 years of age will you look back on life with a sense of pride, satisfaction and fulfilment that it was a life well worth lived; that you did the best that you could; that you squeezed the juice from every moment?
If there was a way to find more time would you be interested?
Let's say you spend 10 minutes every day watching advertisements on Television. Ten minutes per day over a week adds up to 70 minutes. Over a month that would be 300 minutes or 5 hours. Over 12 months that adds up to 60 hours. For this exercise if we say there is 40 hours in a work week then this would equal 1.5 work weeks wasted every year just watching advertisements.
Let’s say you spend one minute every day dealing with spam email. Even one minute a day works out to 6 hours over a year.
And you know the you-tubers who like to do fancy introductions with animated text and imagery. And then if they waste time in the introduction – I tell you after a minute if I am not starting to get value – I just click out. Some nights I might watch 20 youtube videos. If each of those videos wasted a minute of my time with an animated introduction then that would waste 20 minutes of my time. Twenty minutes over a year equals 120 hours.
And then you have to look at the time you spend on social media. I have an active Facebook page and I keep myself in check to make sure that I am cost effective with my time. If I make a post it has to have significant value.
How much time do you spend travelling to work?
Let's say you commute 90 minutes to work each day, which some people do. That is 3 hours, 5 days a week which adds up to 15 hours over a week, 60 hours a month, 660 hours over a 48 week working year - which equals 16 and a half work weeks wasted every year. Just think about that for a moment. Four and a half weeks. Is that how you want to spend your life - sitting on a train or in a traffic jam? What I did years ago was to work from home. Another option is to do what the Chinese do and live within ten minutes of your place of employment. As well as saving time you are saving on fuel, saving the environment and saving health by causing less pollution.
How much time do you waste on negative thinking?
If you spend 10 minutes each day in negative thinking or arguing with people then over a week you have wasted 70 minutes. That adds up to 60 hours over a year. But let's be brutally honest here. How much time do you spend each day thinking negative thoughts, reflecting upon what went wrong in the past, worrying about what might go wrong in the future, worrying what others might think of you, arguing with people in your mind? Let's be conservative and say you waste 1 hour each day on negative unproductive thinking. That is 365 hours over a hear, about 9 work weeks.
Nine weeks every year wasted on negativity! But what if you turned your attitude around and made a decision to put aside the negative thoughts, to refuse the negative thoughts, to stop the negative thoughts and to direct your mind towards positive thoughts that helped you to achieve your most cherished desired outcomes? Would shifting your mind from the negative to the positive be something that would bring real value into your life?
So what are some of the ways that you can reclaim time just for you?
Start be being systematic and methodical. Set up rules in your mail client to shunt emails automatically into different folders. I am happy if I can save ten seconds dealing with each email.
Try and keep phone calls to 5-10 minutes.
Deal with telemarketers decisively. As soon as you have determined that the call is from a telemarketer hang up without saying a word – that is it, no discussion.
Pay your bills as soon as they come in.
Stay with one Internet provider and one telephone company and don’t switch plans.
Systematise the grocery shopping and where possible combine it with a work activity.
Health is important to me so I don't eat take-away or packet food. I suggest you refine the systems that you use to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Where possible multi task activities.
At the end of the day, clear your desk, cross off all the completed tasks, back up the computer, and write a to-do list for the next day. In this way you can free up your mind to enjoy the present moment.
I used to suffer from insomnia but then I developed strategies to get to sleep within 10-20 minutes. If you improve your sleep then you can go to bed later and get up earlier – and it translates into better performance all round. If you want to learn how to put insomnia to sleep then buy my sleep package. There is an ebook and a series of audio files. I tell you it works.
I also use a desk diary. I find it to be much more efficient that using an app on my phone or computer. Try it and tell me which one saves you time.
And a very important tip – choose your friends wisely – spend your time with people who have value.
I also recommend you spend ten to thirty minutes each day sitting in meditation. It is good for the health and helps you to develop discipline, focus and concentration. It takes you from being a human doing to a human being. If you want to learn how to meditate there is a package on my website which will show you how to enter deep states of meditation.
Time is your most valuable resource. So spend it wisely.
Now how you think about time is determined in part by your personality type, your passions and your purpose.
You might have heard of NLP Time Lines. Some people have the past behind and the future in front with now in the body. This is called In-Time. Others have past off to one side, future off to the other side and now in front of the body. This is called Through Time. Some have now in the body with the future to one side and the past to the other. That is called Between Time. In some cases the past may wrap around to meet the future which wraps around in the other direction. These people talk of the wheel of life. So your time line sort will influence how you think about time. If you watch how people use their hands then you can work out their time line sort. Just watch me and leave a comment in the box below and tell me what time line sort I am using in this video.
Past, Present Future Meta Program
There is also a NLP Meta Program for time. Some people have their attention more on the past, others are more present oriented while others are more future oriented.
In terms of the Wealth Dynamics Personality Type the Accumulators are more focussed on the past, the Traders are focussed in the present, while the Creators have their mind on the future.
And you might have noticed, or not, that some psychologists and coaches will have you go back and delve into your past while others will want you to quickly learn from the past and start planning for the future you. It is not whether one is right or wrong – just about usefulness. Does it work for you and does it get you results?
And then we can look at time in terms of flow states. When in flow, that is when you are in the zone, then time seems to go away – in deep flow time may speed up or slow down dramatically – or you may have the sense of being plunged into the eternal now.
In most cases you will have a better relationship with time when the activity not only suits your personality type but is also something that you are passionate about – and has meaning for you.
And if you found this article useful please leave a comment in the box below and I’d be real interested to hear how much time you waste and what strategies you plan to put in place to reclaim your life. If you want some help with time management becoming the best version of yourself then feel free to contact myself – Abby Eagle using the contact form - top left of this page.
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