Can you hit a moving target if you think it’s standing still?
Time management tips are most effective when they help you understand time. Time is the medium of change. And we certainly live in transitional times.
How you relate to constant change will powerfully affect your productivity and your level of satisfaction with your life. Use this article to approach transitions in ways that revolutionize your life. Does that sound like a tall order? Consider the following:
- Life changes constantly. Although our plans may center on predictability, deep inside we know the reality of change. Aging, growing, and dying surround us. Nations battle. Economies surge and stagger.
- Life only appears unchanging when you’re not paying attention. The left brain, responsible for organizing, tries to “freeze” life into a photograph to study and manage it. But of course, life persists in being a “movie” in which absolutely everything changes.
- When you’re not paying attention, your productivity suffers. The fastest path to obsolescence is not planning for change. And to plan for change, you must stay ahead of the curve, constantly anticipating the direction in which everything will move.
- Closed systems view changes as disruption, so obsolescence is inevitable. When you base your life on things not changing, you lock stress into your life. You will forever be knocked off balance by new developments and attempting to move things backward in time.
- Open systems eagerly study change to evolve with the times. As you consciously work to develop skills for change, you will notice something extraordinary as you progress: you can tap into the energy of change, because you are aligned with change!
The more you plan for change, the more you flow with the current.
Although Change Management will revolutionize your life, it is based on simple skills that you use every day. Here are 3 steps to change your thoughts to change your life:
- Practice total focus. When you work with total focus, you learn as much as you can, not only about your work, but also about yourself at work. You note “peripheral events” that will introduce changes in your life, sooner or later. As everything is in constant motion, identify direction as well as location.
- Constantly challenge your thinking to embrace constant change. As Pema Chodron observes, we tend to make everything a noun, but life is a verb. Play with thinking of everything as a verb. This helps revise your perceptions to match the reality of life’s constant change.
- Plan for change.
The difference between resisting change and planning for change is the difference between bracing yourself in front of a breaking wave and riding a wave. As you fully embrace change, you will be like the surfer, eagerly scanning the ocean for the next wave to ride.
What is your next step in embracing change to make the most of your time?