I promised you a time management article or post on alternative approaches to time management. So here goes:
Here’s Abraham Hicks:
Their most famous approach is the Place Mat Process:
Here is how it works:
You write down your to-do list (if you haven’t already).
Then, you take a big sheet of paper, draw a line down the middle and write a REASONABLE number of items on the left side, underneath the heading “Things I am going to do TODAY.”
Make sure there are only enough things that you can comfortably finish. No pushing yourself.
Then, on the other side, you write the heading, “Things for the Universe to do”
And write everything else underneath that heading.
Okay, I know, this may sound a bit crazy, BUT…
You’re human. You can only do what you can do, and there’s no point in pushing yourself beyond that or for feeling bad about the fact that you can’t do it all.
The thing is that a considerable number of those things you have assigned to Universe will be done by the Universe, one way or another.
And the next day, you go over the list, look on the Universe’s side to see whicfh one of those you want to tackle that day, and put them on your own side.
Wash, rinse, repeat.
Here’s the thinking behind this exercise:
Things go MUCH better when you’re feeling good and well-rested. Otherwise, you’re just sabotaging yourself. Your vibrations will be off-kilter.
In fact, in other places in the Abraham books, they focus even more directly on the feel good “mandate.”
I just read an older book and was stunned at the clear instructions there — even easier than the placemat process. If you’re stressed or overwhelmed, the first item of the agenda must be to get to a better feeling place. No ifs and buts here.
So then, what do you do?
Here’s a cool line from a famous poem by David Wagoner:
What do you do when you’re lost in the forest?
The trees ahead, the bushes beside you are not lost.
Wherever you are is called here…
It’s a powerful poem, in his collection “Traveling Light”
It’s also recited frequenty by David Whyte and others.
The point of it is that when you’re overwhelmed and lost, stand still.
Abraham recommends to stop, back up to a place where you feel good,
then start over from that good feeling place.
Now I realize this is almost the antithesis of traditional time management, where it’s all about beating yourself up and sticking with your agenda etc.
But give it a try.
As I mentioned in the other post, when I’m tired I’m hugely less effective. When I’m stressed, I’m practically non-functional. So the agenda has to be to get some rest, and to get rid of the stress.
And for a time management approach that focuses on the feel good thing, try Jason’s outstanding time management course.
I was going to write about Bill Burns’ approach too, but that would make this time management article too long, so I’ll write another post 😉
Enjoy your day