Why don’t we have our best year yet every year? How can we focus on what really matters and make progress in the areas of life that enable us to feel successful? Perhaps it is what we are focusing on that is the problem.
Focus seems to be a problem for everyone I’ve spoken to lately. So many people lament that they are so busy that there is never enough time to get everything done, let alone spend time thinking about their personal aspirations. The ever-present to do list never seems to end. But being busy does not mean that meaningful outcomes are being achieved. Being busy can sometimes mean you’re being consumed with nonessential activities. There is always another meeting to attend, a work or family crisis that demands your attention or some other urgent issue that must be addressed. Yet, if everything is urgent, there is usually little time left for making progress toward achieving the goals that can propel your life forward.
If this description reads like the script for your life, then what you need is a useful process for making better choices about how to invest your time. Enter “gold time” – a special block of time set aside just for thinking, planning, dreaming, and making progress. “Gold time” is the time spent on the issues of life that are important, but not yet urgent. Some examples of “gold time” activities are time spent envisioning your future, planning vacations, or mapping out your next career move. “Gold time” relieves you of the natural tendency to delay or defer thinking about the direction your life is headed in, well in advance of the crisis stage.
The more responsibility you have in your work and life the more essential it is to regularly include “gold time” on your calendar. One hour a week may be all the time you need to think about what’s working, what’s not and what you’d like to change or eliminate to buff up the areas in your life that are crying out for your attention. It could be that planning your meals for the week during “gold time” would enable you to better manage your weight and improve your health. Maybe you could use this time for gearing up your self-care program, or you could schedule appointments with grooming professionals during this block of time. Maybe “gold time” for you is catching up on your reading – something your regular schedule rarely allows you to do.
Practice “gold time” management every week to ensure that your important goals and projects are getting traction. The key to success with “gold time” management is commitment – a commitment to do it regularly and to avoid procrastination.
If you make a conscious effort to focus your energy and effort in areas that move you closer to your goals and a quality of life that satisfies and nurtures you, and less on the “must do’s,” you’ll be amazed at the difference using “gold time” can make.
Gold time and other personal transformation principles are part of the Best Year Yet® system for living your best life. Contact Pat Thomas by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 718-898-1025 for a complimentary session.