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Time Management Lessons From Alice In Wonderland

"I'm late, I'm late, I'm late for a very important date!" Do these "time-wise" words from White Rabbit in Alice In Wonderland ever echo in your head? Are you always trying to hurry up, get somewhere, get something done or speed life up totally missing the moment? I have a great lesson to share with you.
Recently I had an experience where I didn't want to get out of bed on a workday. Generally I start my day around seven, but this particular day I was laying there watching the snow fall and feeling mesmerized by all the millions of little white flakes floating down. I did not want to get up! And I had three projects that needed to be completed that day.
 As I lay there in my nice cozy comfy bed I began to hear two voices. One was saying, "Stay in bed and enjoy the freedom of the moment." The other was saying, "You have to get up and get those projects done by the end of the day or you'll be way behind then you'll have to devote even more time to catch up." One voice sounded very gentle and loving and the other sounded like White Rabbit. I made a decision in that moment to listen to the gentler voice. In fact, I decided to listen to it all day. You'll never believe what happened.
I rolled out of bed around nine and completely shifted out of my regular routine of spiritual reading, meditation and yoga and turned on the television! (I don't watch that much television and I never watch it during the day.) I ate breakfast on the couch and stayed in my pajamas. I continued to listen to this soft loving voice as it lead me away from the plans I made to work on my projects and into freedom!
It felt so good, and yet, even though I found myself experiencing moments of guilt, I knew it was the "rabbit". I didn't listen. I kept focused on doing what the gentle voice guided me to do and I began to feel energized and light. There was absolutely nothing pushing me. It became clear to me that this gentle voice was allowing me to let go of control and trust the moment. I have to say, that as awkward as it felt, I knew it was right.
Around two thirty that afternoon I suddenly became really energized about my projects, but the energy felt different. I didn't feel like anything was pushing or pulling me along. When I opened the computer to write, inspired ideas flowed out of me. It was effortless! My other two projects were also completed in the same joyful and light way and all of three were accomplished by five thirty in time for me to attend my networking meeting! These projects generally take me most of the day.
The lesson…When you feel pushed you wind up tired and lose your joy. Think about it, it takes energy to hurry up; the energy you need to complete your tasks. You are the one who chooses to listen to the "rabbit" and you can also silence it and listen to the soft still voice within, the voice that carries all the wisdom.
If you feel the push of White Rabbit, stop, connect to your intuition and listen to the gentle message waiting there for you!
To Your Total Spaciousness,

posted on: 2/18/2010 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side

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by Kim Sarrasin on 2/21/2010 3:13:07 PM:

Maggie, LOVED this post. Great metaphor with Alice in Wonderland - you're a great writer. Would love to see a book from you in the future! You're Elite Sistah Kim xoxo

by kathleen c. on 5/25/2010 3:03:35 PM:

How do you work with this when you have a deadline like being at work at 9am or being at class at 8am? Just wondering. What you say makes sense, but I would love to know how to make it work with the time constraints in life. :) thanks!

by Maggie To Kathleen on 5/25/2010 5:23:23 PM:

Hi Kathleen! The real secret to this time management technique when you have commitments that you absolutely have to keep is to pay close attention to how you are thinking about these commitments. Do they light you up, are you excited about getting there? It's our thinking that weighs us down and creates the sense of "work" we feel. You might try this technique when you are under less pressure and allow the day to unfold-- like on a Saturday, just to experiment and get the feel for it. Then work it in to your day. It's not a quick fix. :-)

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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.

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