Is time your friend, a friendly foe, an adversary or a heavy-handed task master? Are you constantly racing against the clock to meet deadlines, complete projects and keep commitments?
Do people, organizations, work and projects clamor for your time and attention to the point that you are no longer in-control and have great difficulty meeting all of their needs? Are you on a fast track to somewhere but not sure where? Do you find that the faster you go and the more you do the less you accomplish?
Imagine ending a day with time left over just for you. Imagine a day where things go right 98 percent of the time. Imagine a better tomorrow with less stress and filled with more joy. Imagine being in-control of time, not time controlling you.
How to take control
The fastest way to be in-control of time is to recognize that time schedules and your calendar are currently out of control. Only once you've recognized this problem for what it is, you can do something about it.
Time is a finite measurement of the number of hours in a day you have to accomplish the things you need and want to do.
When you over-schedule, over-commit and over-extend your time, you are no longer in-control. Instead, it is time that dictates your stress level, productivity and quality of life. When time controls you, your quality of life lessens, your productivity diminishes and the joy in your life disappears.
One of the basic objectives of feng shui is to create balance in life, the type of balance that eliminates the chaos and leads to calm. By recognizing that time is controlling you, you can take action.
In-control action plan
Here are several options on ways to both take control of your time and take back control of your life.
. Make a list of the most important things you need to do for the day. Rank them by order of importance, then do the most important one first. By following this procedure, you will always get the most important things done and reduce stress.
. Make a second list of the most important things you'd like to do in that same day. Then evaluate whether anything on this list is more important than the first three things on your "need- to-do" list. If yes, do that one after you complete the first one on your need-to- do list. This will give you joy.
. At the end of one week, evaluate each list to see what things repeat daily that you must do, versus ones that you want to do. Is there one thing on either list that can be permanently removed? If yes, do so. This puts you in-control of your time.
. Follow this procedure for another week and evaluate again. Look for patterns of how you can more efficiently do your "need-to-do" things so you can incorporate more "want-to-do" things. Also, continue to look for things you can remove from both lists. This will keep you in-control of your time
. Create an "intentions board" (a bulletin board with push pins works great).
Place at least three symbols on your board that represent you being in-control of time. Perhaps it would be a picture of doing your favorite leisure-time activity, which demonstrates you have time left over for you, a clean, organized desk reflecting timely productivity, reading to children or grandchildren, writing that book that's been in the back of your mind for years even an hour glass with a X drawn through it. The symbols on the intentions board will further energize your desire to be and stay in-control of time.
Getting in-control and staying in-control of your time, your calendar and your schedule leads you down the road to self- empowerment and a balanced, harmonious less stress-filled life; a life where there is time left just for you, where you are no longer the victim and where you experience more joy and calm.
It's your life. Take control of it and enjoy it to the fullest with joy and peace.
Pat Heydlauff is a feng shui consultant, public speaker, columnist and artist. For feng shui consultations and energy design work in the home or office call her at (561) 799-3443 or e-mail her, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her Web site, www.energy-by-design.com.