Time management principles - Creating a Life Map

Previously we looked at four key areas in our life in which we can have goals - Live, Love, Learn and Leave a Legacy. Goals give us a focus, and that focus gives us the motivation and energy we need to be effective and save time. The goals that we considered help to give us a foundation in which we can begin to structure and add balance to our lives. The use of our time is affected by not just how we schedule the next five hours, but by what we plan to do in the next five or fifty years. One of the best ways to make sense and give structure to our spectrum of goals is to use a mind map. A mind map is basically a plan or diagram which makes use of pictures or words to help us create links between information. You may have used one before in the preparation of an exam. So if we took the area of ‘Live’ as an example, all of your thoughts and ideas of the different things you would really like to do to enjoy and experience more from life could go here. I’ve illustrated an example below. (If you can't see the image below go to www.thetotalman.com/Newsletter-Archive/Time-management-principles-lifemap.htm).

This is just an example of how you might map out your thoughts. The beautiful thing about this life map is that there are no limits. You can add or subtract as many ideas or thoughts that you might have. It’s good to imagine and dream about all the possibilities. Maybe in the travel section you would like to go mountain climbing in Switzerland or Bungee jumping in Australia. As long as you’re not jumping off someone’s roof top it’s really up to you!

I would suggest that the best way to do this is to start by drawing a small box in the middle of a sheet of blank paper with “My Life” written on it, draw four lines coming from each side of the box (one for each area Live, Love, Learn and Leave a Legacy) and then begin sketching out your thoughts from there. Look at the last newsletter if you need ideas of what to put on your map. If you don’t have it you can find it at www.thetotalman.com/newsletter-archive/Time-management-principles-have-goals.htm

Write down as many ideas as you can, leaving nothing in your mind. If you’re married you might even want to do this with your partner.

God bless and protect


Quote of the week:
"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that the stuff life is made of." - Benjamin Franklin



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