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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.

As always, thanks so much for reading my blog. Have a great day.

“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

It is never too late to be who you might have been”

George Eliot
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As always, thanks for stopping by. What do you want to be when your grow up?

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Writing – The Power Of Your Dreams And The Opportunity To Bring Them To Life

Where do you keep your dreams? Are they stored in your heart or floating somewhere in space? Do you bring them out to play or push them away? Do you tell yourself maybe someday or just shake your head and say “no way”?

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“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”

Roy T. Bennett

Do not store away your dreams. Dreams are the core of us, our center, our soul. They are the best of us, something we hope for but do not quite believe.

Do not let your dreams fade away. Bring them out of storage, dust them off and write about them. Share your dreams and let them fly. Make them real.

Write about them! The simple act of writing them down, whether it be in a personal journal, a blog or story will bring your dreams to life.

When your dreams are written down, you can see them and reach out and touch them. They have substance, and they become real.

You now have a different perspective, a different expectation. You believe your dream is something you can achieve.

There you are taking that dream and making a plan on how to make it work. WooHoo! Do your Happy Dance.

That is what I am learning about writing. It can be so exciting and so powerful. The act of writing opens up so many pathways within me. Literally. Pathways between the right and left hemisphere of my brain.

A study done by Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, found that you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a regular basis.

It is the way our brains work. The right hemisphere of our brain performs tasks that have to do with creativity and the arts. It holds our imagination. That is where we store our dreams. The left hemisphere performs the tasks that have to do with logic, like math and science.

A bundle of neural fibers called the Corpus Callosum connects the right and left hemispheres. Electrical signals move back and forth between them. They also travel up and down our spinal column and in the fluid that surrounds our brain.

When you write down your dreams and goals, the act of writing, allows the connection between your left and right hemispheres. Your thoughts and dreams become connected with your logical side. They become opportunities.

It then becomes logical and something you can do. It is no longer just a dream. There it is in black and white. You can see it, feel it, and touch it, and you can actively work toward achieving it.

I believe we all have ideas and dreams randomly floating in our brain. The right hemisphere to be correct. We have big and little aspirations. By writing my blog, I have opened my pathways, connecting the right with the left. Writing has let me know myself better. It encourages me to do those things I kept pushing away. You know, the things we would like to do but tell ourselves me can’t.

Think of all the people with their dreams tucked away. Think of yourself. What are your dreams? Write them down, look at them, touch them and breathe life into them.

Dreams and aspirations are an essential part of who we are. Write about them.

What can a pencil do for all of us? Amazing things. It can write transcendent poetry, uplifting music, or life-changing equations; it can sketch the future, give life to untold beauty, and communicate the full-force of our love and aspirations.

Adam Braun

As always, thank you for reading my blog. Go ahead, write about your dream today.