"Perhaps the very best question that you can memorize and repeat, over and over, is, 'what is the most valuable use of my time right now?'"
~ Brian Tracy
Putting your focus on what is the most valuable use of your time allows you to make choices about how you will live your life. It allows you to live with intention and purpose, congruent with what is most important to you. Too often we allow ourselves to get distracted by demands on our time that are not meaningful, that don't take us in the direction we want to go. Those demands may seem urgent, but they are not important; in fact, they distract us from what is most important. When you focus on what is the most valuable use of your time, you will be paying attention to what matters most.
This week: Decide to put your focus on what is the most valuable use of your time. Ask yourself this question repeatedly several times a day. Find the answer, and act accordingly. Notice how this feels. Notice what things get pushed into the background. Paying attention to what is most important may be difficult, especially with the demands others make on your time. Find ways to direct your focus away from those less important demands. If necessary, tell others, "I have something else I have to do first." Then do what is most important. At the end of the week, notice how you feel about how you have used your time.
Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach and expert in helping people overcome obstacles to their success and happiness, including difficulties with time management and organization. She believes strongly in helping people live meaningful, authentic lives, and helps them find the resources to do that. For more information about her business, the Inner Resource Center, LLC, go to http://www.innerresourcecenter.com/ .