Mental Exercises to Increase Your Time Management
1) Harness the Power of Positive Affirmations
My first tip is to harness the power of positive affirmations. Positivity will change your quality of life and is the first of these methods for programming your subconscious mind is “positive self-talk,” or the use of positive affirmations.These are commands that you pass from your conscious mind to your subconscious mind. Positive affirmations are statements that you either say out loud or say to yourself with the emotion and enthusiasm that drives the words into your subconscious mind as new operating instructions.
Begin by repeating this positive affirmation over and over to yourself.
“I am excellent at time management! I am excellent at time management!”
Any command or positive affirmation repeated over and over again in a spirit of faith, acceptance, and belief, will eventually be accepted by your subconscious mind. My favorite time management affirmation is this:
“I use my time well. I use my time well. I use my time well.”
You will then find that your external behaviors will start to reflect your internal programming to improve your work-life balance and quality of life.
2) Use Visualization to Program Your Subconscious Mind
The second technique that you can use to program your subconscious mind is through visualization. Mental pictures most immediately influence your subconscious mind. In self-image psychology, the person you see is the person you will be through positive affirmations. Begin to see yourself as well organized, efficient and effective in time management.
Recall and recreate memories and pictures of yourself when you were performing at your best. Think of a time when you were working efficiently and effectively, and getting through an enormous amount of work. Play this picture of yourself over and over again on the screen of your mind.
3) Relax, and Meditate
The third time management method is simple. First, you sit or lie in a quiet place where you can be completely alone in the silence. Through positive affirmations, imagine yourself going through an important upcoming experience, such as a meeting, a presentation, a negotiation or even a date that would improve your work-life balance and your quality of life.
As you sit or lie completely relaxed, create a picture of the coming event and see it unfolding perfectly in every respect. See yourself as calm, positive, happy and in complete control. See the other people doing and saying exactly what you would want them to do if the situation was perfect.
Here is a simple meditation technique my friend Jack Canfield uses to quiet his mind which is slightly different:
- Find a quiet place, close your eyes, and focus on slowing down your breathing
- Repeat an uplifting word or phrase
- Move into a state of quiet
- Imagine yourself surrounded by a sphere of light
4) Imagine You Are Excellent at Time Management
The fourth mental technique is to imagine that you are already excellent at time management. Imagine that you have been selected for a role in a movie or stage play.