Sunday, March 11, 2007

Hours Are Fixed. Energy Is Flexible.

No matter what your time zone is, you have 24 hours a day. It doesn't matter when or if you change to and from daylight savings time. You still have 24 hours a day.
Humans have 24 hours a day. It's the same for all creatures of our planet!

How is it that some people don't seem to "have time" to do anything and others have such full lives?

It used to be we would talk about coach potatoes, people addicted to TV. An even bigger problem for many of us is the number of hours spent in front of the computer.

Certainly, there are wonderful time savers available on the Internet: web check-in for air travel, shopping online, searching for books and information in our library systems, finding out weather conditions, checking news reports, and communicating with friends and family with email.

However, there are many computer users who just can't seem to pull themselves away from that screen. It is amazing to me how I can go to my computer for a specific task and then gravitate toward checking my email and get totally distracted from what I had set out to do. The hours of the clock seem to spin around quickly while I am absorbed in checking all the various messages I've received.

Computers can easily become an addiction, giving us escape from challenging or mundane projects we have on our to-do lists. And as we sit still for such a long time, our energy level declines and we are even less motivated to get things done.

If you're interested in creating the life you would like with success in your professional and personal life, you'll need to figure out ways to increase your level of engagement. When you are fully engaged in your days, you are working hard or enjoying yourself with satisfying leisure activities.

A person with a low level of engagement probably drags himself out of bed in the morning, rushes out the door with minimal nourishment, works as much as is required of him, and then heads home for a night of TV or surfing the net.

If you're feeling as though there is no energy left for you at the end of a workday, it may be time to explore how you can increase your energy levels so that you can engage more fully in your life. There is scientific evidence to show that significant changes can be accomplished in raising your level of engagement in life, the meaning life has to you, and the you find in every day.

The first step in making any change is getting a clear assessment of the present situation. This is certainly true in this situation.

There are some basic questions to ask yourself.

1. How well am I taking care of my body?
2. Do I take the time to determine what I want to be the focus in my days?
3. How aware am I of what is going on with me emotionally? Am I dealing with any concerns or just burying them under the addictions of TV, Internet, and junk food?
4. Am I living the life I really want to live? How aligned with your values is your life?
5. Am I balancing my commitment to others with adequate care of myself?

After some honest analysis and taking down some notes of your answers, it's time to start pursuing solutions to the problems you've observed. Without taking the time to notice what's going on, you'll probably continue with the same patterns of behavior and your life will continue on its present course.

If you're interested in getting more life in your years, it's time to find ways to become more fully engaged.

You won't be given any more minutes and hours than you have right now.

Use the hours we ALL have to find the enjoyment and satisfaction YOU deserve!

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