Can you hit a moving target if you think it’s stationary?
Time management tips are most effective when they help you understand time. Time is the medium of change. And we certainly live in times of transition.
The way you deal with constant change will powerfully affect your productivity and your level of satisfaction with your life. Use this article to approach transitions in ways that will revolutionize your life. Sounds like a difficult task? Consider the following:
- Life is constantly changing. Although our plans may focus on predictability, deep down we know the reality of change. Aging, growing and dying surround us. Battle of nations. Economies soar and wobble.
- Life only seems unchanging when you’re not paying attention. The left brain, responsible for organizing, tries to “freeze” life in a photograph in order to study and manage it. But of course, life is still a “movie” in which absolutely everything changes.
- When you’re not paying attention, your productivity suffers. The fastest path to obsolescence is not to plan for change. And to plan for change, you need to stay ahead, constantly anticipating the direction in which everything will move.
- Closed systems view change as disruption, so obsolescence is inevitable. When you base your life on things that don’t change, you block stress from your life. You will always be thrown off balance by new developments and by trying to turn things back in time.
- Open systems enthusiastically 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 harness the energy of change, because you are aligned with change!
The more you plan for change, the more it will go with the flow.
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:
- Full focus practice. When you work with total focus, you learn as much as you can, not only about your job, but also about yourself at work. You notice “peripheral events” that will introduce changes in your life, sooner or later. Since everything is in constant motion, identify the direction and location.
- Constantly challenge your way of thinking to accept constant change. As Pema Chodron observes, we tend to make everything a noun, but life is a verb. Play with think of everything as a verb. This helps revise your perceptions to match the ever-changing reality of life.
- Plan for change.
The difference between resisting change and planning for change is the difference between preparing for 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 to embrace the change and make the most of your time?