We may not always be “in control”, but we can certainly aim for being empowered. I prefer to view being in control as being empowered to live the lives we deserve and desire daily. Being empowered evokes growth, change, and movement towards betterment.
I had a client tell me that because she doesn’t have a calendar, she has to rely on her husband to help her remember what days they have commitments, vacations, etc. She was unable to set appointments with girlfriends without confirming with him first that they didn’t have some other event planned. Empowering her with a personal calendar and other time management tools gave her more freedom, which gave her more control of her life.
When we don’t have time management tools and resources in place it impacts our ability to stay in control of our tasks, goals, and appointments.
Here are 3 basic empowering time management tools:
1. Connect all the To-Do’s to your calendar. If they aren’t scheduled on your calendar, then most likely they’ll slip through the cracks and won’t get completed.
2. Establish a weekly or daily routine as often as you can. This creates consistency in your life, which will help you feel in control. Remember, having a routine doesn’t mean you can’t be spontaneous. It means that you have some general flow and focus to each day. Having a routine allows you to live a less chaotic life.
3. Review your personal and professional values often. Is the way you’re spending time in alignment with what’s most important to you? If not, re-evaluate the things or people that are distracting from your values or draining energy out of you. Life is too short!
What tools will you incorporate to be in control of your life today?
Oh, and one more thing… sometimes the best way to gain control is to let go of being in control. ;)