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If you’re tired of feeling tired, take heart. While we can’t add more hours in our day (that’s actually a blessing!) we can get much smarter about using the time we have. You are probably already familiar with the popular concepts of time management that encourage you to determine your values and set priorities. These are helpful ideas and the right place to start. But after you’ve learned these tools, you’ll probably discover an age old wisdom when it comes to practicing them.

The battle is REALLY between what’s Good and what’s Best.

Do you know what I mean?

Your time management battle is not between lying lazily on the couch all day OR being the local volunteer of the year. No, your battle is much more subtle than that. Which is exactly why it’s so difficult.

Your battle is really between things like…

– Volunteering in your child’s classroom on your one morning off each week.

– OR using that time to catch up on all of those household chores that, if organized right, could really make your family’s life run smoother.

– OR donating those few hours to your local favorite charity or civic group and, heaven knows, they could use your expertise!

Wow. You aren’t choosing between what’s Good and what’s Best at all. You’ve got three separate Bests competing. For you and your time.

So how do you decide? If you’re deciding by NOT deciding then you’re probably quite frustrated on a regular basis. That’s no help at all. Instead, get clear. Crystal clear. Pick ONE of those ‘Bests’ and decide to support it. Period.

(One caveat here: everything is not black and white. Your priorities will change over time so if you decide you can’t do something today, it may fit in perfectly five years from now.)

The key? Get clear with yourself on what’s most important to you.

Now apply this principle to the rest of your life.

– Is your work generally satisfying but when you look ahead you realize it’s taking your time and talents and giving very little in return? Then start looking TODAY for work that pays you back with the time and freedom you want. Remember, if your children are little, you’re going to need MORE time, money and freedom in the future, not less. Find work that duplicates your efforts and offers key parts such as residual income so that you can build a solid future for yourself and your family.

– Is your family aimed in the direction you feel it should go? Get clear about what you want your family and your marriage to look like five, ten, and twenty years from now and that will enable you to get clear about what activities you should be implementing in your life today.

– Consider the kind of person you want to become as you live your life. Who do you wish would admire you? Whose respect would you like to earn the most? Whom have you learned a great deal from? These are the questions that will help you choose what is actually ‘Best’ for you in your own personal situation.

And that’s what REALLY counts.

Congratulations. Now, you’re choosing wisely!

Colleen Langenfeld works from home providing useful resources for personal or business use. Visit her site at http://www.paintedgold.com Grow your ezine subscriber list for FREE! http://www.subscriptionrocket.com/cgi-bin/r.cgi?r=1844

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