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Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Albert Einstein
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What Is The Value Of Time? How Do You Make The Most Of Yours In The New Year?

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Time is free, but it’s priceless

You can’t own it, but you can use it.

You can’t keep it, but you can spend it.

Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.”

Harvey MacKay

Time is the most valuable asset we have, but it is what we take the most for granted. How many times have you said, “Oh, I’ll just do that tomorrow!”

One of the times I realize that I waste time is when I have an unexpected deadline. Recently, someone called and said they were stopping by for a short visit. I asked what time they would arrive and realized I had a window of 20 to 30 minutes.

I went into hyper-drive and did so much within that time period. My husband said he was impressed; he said look at what you accomplished in that little bit of time. All the while I am thinking to myself that I should approach everyday with that attitude. Maybe not quite so hyper but I know that everyday I misuse time.

Most people are creatures of habit and we tend to fall into a routine that we are comfortable with doing. We do not think of changing and may even shy away from any idea of change. That is so easy to do.

It is December and right now some of us may be thinking about 2019 and what we did with all of our time. In just a few weeks we start a new year. Do we want to make any changes?

“Each year’s regrets are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the new year.”

John R. Dallas Jr.

I know I do have changes I want to make. I have a few activities I have been procrastinating about for a long time. They are first on my list to do in 2020.

My approach this year will be different.

Instead of simply making a list, I am going to actually make a schedule and I am going to take it one step further by breaking them into time segments. I do not know how long each will take me so I will schedule in 30 minutes a day and at a specific time.

What I am hoping will happen is once I start the task and the 30 minutes is up I will just keep going. If I do an hour each time the task will quickly get done. When one is done I will schedule another in that time slot

The big goal for me will be to create a new habit. There will always be another project or activity that I can allocate to the specific time slot.

If I allocate 30 minutes to multiple tasks throughout the week and consistently do them, my hope is to create multiple habits.

I want to create good beneficial habits that I will continue to do. I did some research and found a study that concluded it takes 66 days to form a habit that will become habitual. It states, ” On average a plateau in automaticity was reached after 66 days. In other words it had become as much of a habit as it was ever going to become.” https://www.spring.org.uk/2009/09/how-long-to-form-a-habit.php

Most other information I read stated that habits can be formed in 21 days. That might be true for some activities and for some people or personalities. Speaking from experience 21 days would not work well for me.

So what do you want to accomplish in 2020? What is important to you and why? The reason why it is important to you will help determine the outcome. The level of importance to you really is the determining factor on whether you will successfully create a new habit.

This is my plan for accomplishing my goals in the coming year. It is simple and realistic for me.

There are many other things that can be done for making the New Year more organized and for you to be successful.

I posted Time To Plan For 2020 How To Make An Effective Strategy For The New Year on 12-4-2019 which gives some additional information. https://adjustingmytimeframecom.blog/2019/12/04/time-to-plan-for-2020-how-to-make-an-effective-strategy-for-the-new-year/

There are a high number of great articles you can read about the effectiveness of plans, strategies and goal setting to be found on the internet.

I am looking forward to 2020 and becoming more effective. I wish the same for you as well.

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“New year—a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.”

Alex Morritt

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Quote Of The Day

“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.

–Aaron Spelling
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Quote Of The Day

Hearts that beat to the tune of kindness can change the rhythm of the world.”

C.J. Peterson
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Time To Plan For 2020 How To Make An Effective Strategy For The New Year

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What the new years brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year”.

Vern McLellan

It’s December and Christmas is just three weeks away. What? How did that happen, I haven’t made any plans yet for next year.

A new year, a new you, a new plan. Time to decide what you want to accomplish in 2020.

What do you want to achieve? What is important and what comes first?

What is your strategy? How do you decide?

If you are like the majority of people, you have these vague plans circulating in your head. You know, the stuff you have been thinking about for most of the year. There may even be a thing or two you wanted to do this year, but you never quite got around to doing.

You need a plan, a good plan, a realistic plan. You need a plan that is not scattered in your head. Every year we tell ourselves that this year will be different and that this year, you will be organized, and you will follow through on your goals.

Now is the time to make sure that happens. Sit down with a blank piece of paper and a pencil and start writing down random thoughts. Close your eyes and think about all the things you want to happen, not just for your work, but for your life.

It is essential to include both. Quite often, we focus on work because that is how we make our living. Our work provides us with income to survive. But life is more than work, and we also need to plan for the things that make us happy. Write it all down.

You may want to write everything down and then walk away for a while. Let it brew for an hour or two, maybe even overnight, Then come back and start breaking it down. Put your random thoughts into categories. Label them ‘work’ and ‘personal’ and then break each of those down again. Maybe list them from most important to least important.

Don’t make it over complicated. Keep it simple and direct, and also keep it real.

When you have a list of your goals, break them down. How are you going to do them? It is great to have goals, but where we usually fail is by not planning the steps of how to complete them.

Let’s say you want to learn to speak another language, or you want to participate in physical activity such as karate. You will need to do some research and break it down into steps. Where can I take a class, how often should I take a class? How long does each class last; an hour? Can I take a class nearby, and if not, how far away do I have to drive? You need all the pertinent information so you can plan for it and include it in your schedule.

You will need to do this with all of your goals, both professional and personal. Remember to be realistic. There are so many hours in each day.

Buy a calendar and a planner. There are many great planners which will give you options for daily, weekly, and monthly. The choice is up to you. Some people use more than one. Of course, you can also use your computer. Mix it up. There is no reason you can’t use all of these options if that is what works for you. Make it as simple and easy as possible.

Look over your schedule, all your goals, and the time you need to relax and recharge. Do you need to dial it back?

Remember, if you overload yourself, it is likely you will not be successful.

Be sure to talk to your family so they understand what you want to accomplish. When they are aware of your plans and see how much effort you are putting into achieving them, they will want to participate and help you. It is a great learning tool for children. Remember, no one watches you more than your children. They are learning from your example.

This is your plan for the new year. Enjoy the process. It can be a learning experience for you, as well. When you are planning out the year ahead, you are thinking about what is important, what your values are.

It also allows you to reflect on 2019 and what you achieved, what worked, and what did not. If something did not work, it is another opportunity for growth; what can you do to improve and do it better the next time.

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.

Oprah Winfrey

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Quote Of The Day

Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.”

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Quote Of The Day

Don’t be afraid to start over again. This time, you are not starting from scratch, you are starting from experience.”

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