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1.12. ......................................................Va lues Clarification

Being really clear on your top five values AND the behaviours that reflect those values is a HUGE part of the 21st Century Time Management system.

Your top five values are the aspects of your life that are most important to you. These values drive your motivation, your emotional responses (conscious and subconscious) and the mindset that you see the world from.

21st Century Time Management is about making time for what is important – YOUR TOP FIVE VALUES – and feeling good about your life. Guess how you feel when the way you spend your time is in conflict with you top values – yep, stressed, frustrated, de-motivated, disengaged and so on When you spend time living your values you are much more likely to be happy and have a fulfilling life.

Knowing your top 5 values intimately, will enable you to make better choices on where you spend your time so you create the life you want.

What most people find when they go through this activity is that they have many more than five (often around 20) values that they are trying to live by. When you have 20 important values it is almost certain some will be in conflict with each other or with your goals. Values conflict creates what I call invisible barriers.

Now I am not saying you can’t have 20 values that are important to you. What I am saying is that to be have highly effective time management you need to know which values are in your top 5. And this means you will have to leave out some values that are important to you. It doesn’t mean the ones yo leave out are no longer important, but rather it means your top 5 are more important.

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List your top 5 values (preferable one word) and how you define those values.


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Now that you have your top 5 values I need to include those into your time management system. By definition, if you are “living your values” each day/week you will be spending time on what is most important to you.

How will you include your values into your time management system.

For more information on how to include your values in your personalized time management system get the FULL Time Management from the Heart program. The system has a 100% money back guarantee, so there is nothing to lose by trying it.

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