Have you ever wondered what the deal is with time management? Why do some people seem to have it all together? They can manage their tasks with ease, have a great social life, be a superstar at work, and make time to take care of themselves. The requests to more effectively manage your time are everywhere! Have you ever considered that the root cause of time management struggles may actually have to do with gap in self-awareness and unconscious decision making?
What if you could instantly heighten your ability to manage your time more effectively? What might it be like if you could easily pinpoint your recurring time management ‘problems’… and then take intuitive, natural steps to move you forward effortlessly?
Well, you can! There is a new online assessment tool that is the key to unlocking your hidden time management troubles. And it’s been proven to work for thousands of people to help them gain insight into what they do naturally. Knowing your natural time management personality type can help you make better decisions about time.
First, let’s examine some of the payoffs of knowing your natural time management style personality preferences. When you understand what is most natural and build your life and routines around your strengths, you move toward mastery. Psychologist Albert Bandura has defined self–efficacy as one’s belief in one’s ability to succeed in specific situations or accomplish a task. One’s sense of self–efficacy can play a major role in how one approaches goals, tasks, and challenges with anything, even time management. And once you begin to make better decisions you naturally move toward a greater sense of self-acceptance. Therefore learning your dominant time management personality type provides you the opportunity to:
- make better choices regarding time.
- experience more awareness around what causes you to feel stressed.
- feel more empowered on an everyday basis.
- better understand how others view your behavior.
- identify what distinguishes some relationships as more productive than others.
- develop a more effective way of communicating with others taking into account their style preferences.
- have the opportunity to increase your experience of “flow” as the natural unfolding of life as it happens.
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And those are just some of the payoffs. Becoming more self-accepting is the fastest track toward happiness.
With your ultimate happiness on the line, let’s first examine the three major skills that help you navigate and manage time. We refer to these three skills as ‘Flow Steps’.
A flow step is a broadly-defined, objective statement that captures one’s capability in a certain area. We use Flow Steps to define a grouping of the relative knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully manage time.
The three Time Flow Steps below are objective statements to help you assess your own natural time management behaviors. People who are excellent time managers regularly and effectively demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to master time within their unique behavioral preferences. Therefore, time mastery involves managing priorities, attending to the details or your tasks and taking actions that best fit the situations you encounter to determine what is and is not a necessary task. Let’s examine these three Time Management Flow Steps more closely.
Flow Step #1 – Managing Priorities
- Managing Priorities has to do with maintaining perspective when tension rises, using your energy wisely in accordance with priorities, making effective transitions between priorities and balancing multiple tasks productively. Knowing your dominant Time Management Personality Style Preferences can help you make better decisions about managing your priorities.
Flow Step #2 – Attending To Details involves
- Attending to details encompasses everything from paying attention to the pieces, big and little, managing the parts of the whole to produce the required results, getting support when you need to accomplish tasks, and understanding the parameters of “good enough” outcomes. Knowing your dominant Time Management Personality Style Preferences can help you make better decisions about which details are most important, and which you need to focus on more often.
Flow Step #3 – Taking Action involves
- Taking Action encompasses knowing when to initiate movement towards an objective. It also includes balancing the need to jump in too soon against missing an opportunity. Taking Action also involves recognizing the difference between actions that will add to, or reduce tension in any given situation. And finally, taking action encompasses how one engages in, implements and responds to planning activities, and whether he/she leaves room for changes and the impact of unforeseen events. Knowing your dominant Time Management Personality Style Preferences can help you make better decisions about taking action when it best benefits you.
With your ultimate happiness on the line, knowing your natural Time Management Style Preferences will help you develop effective ways to better manage time for yourself. When you learn more about yourself and what is natural, you can develop systems and habits that better suit your natural tendencies, and move toward greater efficacy with time. Better time management is a surefire shortcut to a living a more satisfied life.
If you are interested in learning more about your natural time management tendencies, here are the 6 Time Management Style Preferences:
Hopper Time Style Preference
Hoppers™ enjoy variety and change of pace. They like the freedom to switch from one activity to another. They are often too easily distracted, however, and thereby run the risk of going off-track and not finishing what they start. Having too many open items simultaneously can ultimately cause them to be unproductive. Any of the Flow Steps can cause tension for Hoppers if they are not in alignment with their natural behaviors, habits and tendencies.
Hyper-Focus Time Style Preference
One who has a dominant Hyper Focus™ Time Style tends to be absorbed by detail and often has trouble stopping one activity to transition to something new. This style preference gets so involved in what they’re doing that they may ignore reminders and cues to move on to the next priority. When Hyper Focus™ people are deeply involved in the task at hand, they can become so absorbed in the details, that they can lose track of time. Any of the Flow Steps can cause tension for Hyper-Focus personalities if they are not in alignment with their natural behaviors, habits and tendencies.
Big Picture Time Style Preference
Big Picture™ individuals are big thinkers but often leave the details out of their plans — they find details less attractive than global strategies and tasks that call for spontaneity. Their lofty vision and high speed of action can cause them to overlook or ignore the essential small pieces necessary for success.
Perfectionist Plus Time Style Preference
Perfectionist Plus™ types thrive on details and an endless pursuit to ‘get things right’. As such, they have very high personal standards. They believe that they should be able to do nearly everything themselves and do it all well. They may be overly concerned about others approval and often have difficulty saying “No” to the requests of others for their time. Any of the three Flow Steps can cause tension for Perfectionist Plus personality types if they are not in alignment with their natural behaviors, habits, and tendencies.
Impulsive Time Style Preference
Impulsive™ types love to leap but may forget to look first. Enjoying the rush of adrenaline, they would rather act spontaneously than follow a pre-arranged plan. Even though Impulsive’s do plan, they often neglect to follow the plan and its pre-determined timelines. However, lack of planning, or diminishing its importance, can result in missed deadlines and disappointing others. Over time, this can lead to gaps in self-confidence in one’s ability to manage time effectively at all. Impulsive types tend to get bored easily and can find routine and maintenance tasks distasteful. Any of the Flow Steps can cause tension for Impulsive personality styles if they are not in alignment with their natural behaviors, habits and tendencies.
Cliff Hanger Time Style Preference
Cliff Hangers™ believe that they work most effectively when under the pressure of a deadline. They like having an adrenaline rush to help them focus, but this often doesn’t leave enough time to check work thoroughly or to handle things that might go wrong. Waiting to start until the last moment often causes added stress, tension and even missed deadlines. And, any of the Flow Steps can cause tension for Cliff-Hanger Time Managment Personality Style Types if they are not in alignment with their natural behaviors, habits, and tendencies.
So what can you make of all these styles? Regardless of your dominant Time Style Preferences, you may still struggle at times. Regardless of what life throws at you, the solution can be as simple as learning more about your natural Time Managment Personality Style Preferences. And then, taking Flow Steps toward easing the ‘time tension’ in your life.
When you know yourself, you’re better able to make choices that reduce your stress and move ahead with ease and harmony – and live your life in flow. Setting yourself and your systems up to live in flow, makes you more productive and satisfied by working from the inside, out. There are six style preferences each for time management and organizing your space. The Time & Space Style Inventory (TSSI™) will help you pinpoint your unique flow formula and better understand what is happening when ‘tension’ occurs in your daily living. When you figure out your dominant personality style preferences, you’ll be able to remedy your spaces and time habits for good by taking the flow steps that will ultimately ease your tension.
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