Paula Eder, PhD is an internationally-known coach and published author who specializes in mentoring heart-based entrepreneurs and small business owners to align their core values and energy with their time choices and behaviors so that they make more money, create more freedom, and find more time.
I asked Paula several questions about Time Management:
Q: What are your tips for creating a “Personal Time Sanctuary”?
Your Personal Time Sanctuary is a powerful and nourishing inner haven that you can create for yourself any time you want to. It’s a place where you listen to your heart speak its deepest wisdom. You accept yourself, and celebrate who you are, and you emerge from your sanctuary with renewed vitality, ease and decisiveness.
To access your own sanctuary, the first step is to create a time boundary, giving yourself a span of quiet, uninterrupted time. Determine how much time you need; a minimum of 30-minutes allows you time to come back to yourself.
As you sit quietly, let your mind clear, breathe deeply, from your belly, and begin to envision what your Personal Time Sanctuary looks and feels like to you. Your sanctuary is unique to you. Just relax, open, and breathe. You’ll begin see and feel it soon!
- As you step into your Sanctuary, tune into the swirl of colors, sounds and fragrances that are restorative for you. You’ll begin to develop a collection of nurturing, sustaining images. The more specific and evocative the better. You’ll be able to draw on these when you need them.
- Relax and set the stage. Maybe a recorded visualization or some special music helps. Perhaps it’s a poem, photo, or mantra that carries you deeper inside. Breathe deeply and let the cares of the day float lightly away.
- The more you travel this inner path the more familiar it becomes – and the more you experience its enormous power. It helps if you can do this in the same place time each day, as it helps you establish an internal rhythm that your body will rise to meet.
As you create well-worn paths to your Personal Time Sanctuary, you’ll find that you can recreate this sanctuary anywhere, anytime. Knowing this, right down to your toes, is one of the most empowering and self-nurturing gifts that you can ever give yourself!
Q: What tips do you have on Focus and Productivity?
Here are 7 of my very favorite tips about focus and productivity:
- Value your time as precious, and you’ll watch it more carefully. To avoid ‘stealing’ time from productive work, schedule pleasurable breaks to let your imagination travel. Then return your full focus to your project.
- The best time to chart your next step is when you’re actively engaged. Conclude each phase of your project by creating a strong start for your next step, such as a list of ideas, a template, or an outline.
- When you look at your day, do the things you want to accomplish look daunting? Try breaking up your tasks into 15 minute increments. You’ll be amazed at how much headway you can make!
- Try using your In-Box as your To Do List. Nothing gets deleted ’til it’s done – and you’ll have a running list of tasks to choose from!
- Templates create stepping stones for complex but repetitive tasks. Outline any complicated projects you must do over and over, at home or at work. Include supply lists, and file the records for easy retrieval.
- To discover who’s stealing your time, monitor your thoughts. Power begins with perception. Notice when your mind is wandering, and gently return it to your chosen activity.
- Slow and steady wins the race. Use this mantra to lower stress and enhance your productivity. Inhale “slow and steady”. Exhale “wins the race”, while relaxing your shoulders.
Q: What are your tips for Stress Management or Stress reduction?
- Reduce stress by scheduling ample time for the 3 stages of a project: preparation, productivity and closure. Be sure to allocate the time each stage actually ‘does’ take, not what it ‘should’ take. Allow extra time for preparing and putting away, since these stages often take longer than you think.
- Learn to tell the difference between demands that are ‘urgent’ and those that are ‘important’. The better you can sort these out, the more capable you’ll be of making good decisions at a moment’s notice. This really helps when stress is high.
- If you’re “not yourself” when under stress, work NOW with what happens, so you can head trouble off at the pass. List specific behaviors you engage in that undermine you. Next to each behavior, write a familiar warning sign you can tune into before you lose your perspective. Then write a few simple ways to regain your balance and keep on course.
- Expect setbacks, and plan accordingly. At the start of each day, sketch out a simple ‘Plan B’ to keep you afloat if you’re swamped with unexpected demands.
- Humor builds resilience when you feel pressured for time. Don’t grind your gears; slip into neutral! Consciously cultivate friendly humor for situations when you’re short on time. Laughter restores perspective and helps maintain relationships that rely on cooperation.
- Set time boundaries, creating space for yourself to preserve your inner balance. Make a firm date with yourself. This is time you set aside to help you stay on course and keep an even keel. Request others’ cooperation if that will help you remain true to this self-commitment.
- Gratitude relaxes and energizes you. Cultivate a glass-half-full perspective by writing a brief note of thanks to someone who’s brightened your day. Mail it without expectation of response, and warm yourself with your own inner glow.
Thanks so much Paula!! We will definitely have you back for more tips and strategies!
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