Time Management Tips – 5 Fundamentals to Develop New Flexibility to Meet Time Challenges

Time management tips are like paddles you maneuver to direct your kayak through the rapids. Each day will surprise you. Each challenge calls on you to respond with strength and flexibility.

But how much have you been taught about developing flexibility? Could mastery of this skill have altered your life in past crises? You can enhance your flexibility now. The more you develop a core understanding of how to flex, the more motivated you will find yourself to exercise this strength, day after day.

Take just a moment to envision yourself expertly guiding a kayak around eddies and rocks on a spring morning. Sense the exhilaration as you successfully navigate each obstacle. Maintaining this, feel yourself develop agility in this moment to bring to today’s challenges. Here are some underlying principles of flexibility:

5 Flexibility Fundamentals:

  1. Since everything changes, your plans must change, too.

    Life surprises us all, as these times prove beyond a doubt! Old expectations are torn loose from their moorings, and we must swerve around them to avoid collision.

  2. You must know what is essential to hang onto and what can be eliminated.

    Difficult as these times are, they invite us to develop our core strengths. To keep afloat in troubled waters, identify what can be thrown overboard. Each good decision strengthens your self-reference and resilience.

  3. The more agile you are, the more you can keep your balance.

    Which way is the boat pitching? Can you be at one with the motion and feel the dance? At times like this, you may feel more attuned and more alive.

  4. Clear priorities are the backbone of flexibility.

    Your priorities tell you who you are. They guide all your choices. Although it’s human nature to want to have it all, you define your strengths when:

    • You identify just how little you need.
    • You declare what comes first.
    • You maintain what’s foremost in your life.
  5. Focused alertness guides you best.

    Immerse yourself in the moment. Sense where you are, and what appears just ahead. Resolve to engage fully, and see how you can replace fear with curiosity.

In Scott Peck’s classic book, The Road Less Traveled, he identified balancing as one of the 4 essential disciplines to living well. “Balancing is discipline, disciplined,” he states. That is, without the flexibility to give up one benefit to preserve another more valued one, we become rigid, encumbered, and eventually topple over.

All schedules, plans and time management strategies need to be tempered with flexibility. Become such a good friend to yourself that you can immediately identify what’s most important to you, and what you can let go. Support yourself in this all-important endeavor. It will strengthen your humanity, your grace under pressure, and your sheer pleasure in life.

As a final exercise, ask, How can you start clarifying your priorities today to cultivate flexibility and find more time?

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