by Jan Wallen
It’s never too late, or too early to start doing something good for yourself.
What can you do today?
Stop and think. Take notes and write your own answers to the questions here. Take action.
Here’s what I mean:
Like you, my clients are multi-talented, love to learn new things, and have done many things in their lives – many jobs, many interests. They are early-adopters of new ideas, technologies and concepts. Because of their broad experience in many areas, they are able to see things differently than most people and transfer methods of learning and implementing to many new situations. These are their gifts.
Many times they find themselves in a situation where they’re exhausted, always tired, scheduled up every minute of the day. No time for themselves or their family and friends. No quality time. No time to create info products, not enough clients or peaks and valleys where they’re either too busy or not busy enough. And not enough cash flow.
In fact, I’ve been through everything I’m telling you about. And I’ve done the things that I’ll tell you about today. They’ve made a tremendous difference in my business and my life. I now manage time – time doesn’t manage ME.
OK. Why give yourself the gift of time? What difference will it make? You’ll have time to do the things that really make a difference in the world. You’ll be calm, not pressed or pressured. You’ll know your focus, what to do next, have direction and know that you’re going in the right direction. You’ll know your family and friends. You’ll BE who you are and DO what you’re meant to be doing. And making a difference.
And that’s very important.
Here are 3 simple steps:
Step 1: Make a commitment to yourself to devote 10 minutes a day to YOU.
Pick those 10 minutes at your “best” time of day – maybe it’s morning, maybe afternoon, maybe before you get up or before you go to bed.
Everyone has – or can find – 10 minutes. If you truly can’t, send me an E-Mail and tell me – put “I can’t find 10 minutes” in the Subject line. Together we’ll find 10 minutes.
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Step 2 : Create a space of your own.
It’s yours. You don’t share it with anyone. If you must share, find a way to close the door and let your family know it’s YOUR time – they can live with 10 minutes of you being by yourself. In fact, in doing this, you’re showing them that everyone must have some time to themselves – including them. You set a good example.
Think out-of-the-box here. Your space may be outside, or at a favorite coffee shop or tea shop, or park or . . . ???
SOoooo – now you’ve made a commitment to give yourself the gift of time – even 10 minutes a day. And you’ve created a space that’s yours.
NOW – you’ll find things to do to really give yourself that time.
Step 3: Really give yourself that time.
What can you do if you only have 10 minutes? Or 30 minutes?
One of my clients came to me because she wants to be a recognized Expert. She wants to make a difference in the world and enhance the lives of people she knows and works with. She’s outstandingly talented, and has credentials, experience and expertise in law, nursing and coaching. And now she wants to create a new program that she’s really excited about. She has a Web site which she’s updating now, and has developed several programs that we could turn into information products such as an ebook, audio CDs, workbooks and learning guides, and a home study course. A LOT! Not simply one focus area.
And NO time! She’s feeling as though she’s working hard yet not making progress. She KNOWS she’s working hard because all of a sudden it’s the end of the day, yet she can’t put her finger on what she did all day. She also heard someone’s teleseminar, saw the info products they’ve developed, speaking engagements, clients they have. And realizes that she has more experience and more talent – yet THEY are being recognized as the Expert, not her. Seems like the world is passing her by.
A big part of that is because she has NO TIME – no time to devote to herself, what she knows, creating info products, writing a book – finding a publisher and agent, to write articles, to let people know she’s an Expert.
Today I’ll share with you what I’ve learned and do myself. Yes, you can do things in 10 minutes a day. Everyone can find 10 minutes. No excuses!
Buy yourself a notebook – a nice one, pretty, or rich colors – one you’ll like to pick up and use. This is your TIME FOR ME notebook.
Make a list of things you love to do that take 10 minutes
Now make a list of things you love to do that take 30 minutes
Take your notebook with you and write more things as you think of them.
Now pick ONE to do today. And pick the time when you’ll do it.
In your notebook – write a description of your Ideal Day. Write it in story form, with colors, sounds, and smells – like a movie that you’re IN. Write what you’re doing at 8 AM, 10, NOON, 4 PM, evening. MAKE A MENTAL SHIFT HERE – IT CAN BE HARD TO IMAGINE YOUR IDEAL DAY WHEN YOU’RE SO CRAZY-BUSY OR TIRED
ASK yourself how different is your IDEAL day from your real life? Write down specific things in your notebook. Complete descriptions – YES, it may be painful
Write down – if you had all the time in the world, what would you do? Be graphic!
In one or 2 words, write the words that describe how you feel now – make a checklist
- Always tired
- No energy
- Find yourself wishing you could take a vacation or read a book
- Zoned out
- Appetite not good, don’t eat regularly
- Don’t exercise
- Don’t take time for yourself
If you wrote even a few of these, you MUST have a BREAK!
It’s time for YOU to give time to YOU!!!!! ASAP!!!
And 10 – Take a BIG PICTURE VIEW of your business and your life.
It’s easy to slip into BUSY-ness – the hectic, crazy-busy mode, never a break, always putting the customer first, juggling, never enough quality time for family and friends. And your SELF gets lost here.
Make A Note Of This:
The MOST important thing you can do for your business, yourself, your family and friends and your clients is:
The single best thing you can do for your business and your life is STOP! Calm down. Stop jumping from activity to activity.
Keep your Big Picture Vision in mind. Take time to design your Big Picture Vision, and review it regularly.
Doing this takes discipline. And a mental shift. DO IT!!!
Jan Wallen, Visioneer –
Turning your ideas into a Vision and step-by-step Vision Map™ so you get them done.
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Jan Wallen is the founder of the Vision Map™, the proven step-by-step map of your ideas for the next 3-6 months.
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