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Blog: Ignite Your Energy and Grow Your Life!
5 ways to Boost Your Motivation and Ignite Your Energy

1.    Identify your core values.  When you're in synch with what you value and esteem, it creates a framework for making decisions that will empower you.  Every time you think about doing something, stop and ask yourself if it fits in with your core values.  For example, one of my "cv's" is living authentically.  Remembering this helps me look for opportunities to fully express myself creatively and to avoid people, places, and things that don't support me.
2.    Establish a single top priority. "If everything is important, nothing is," says business consultant Patrick Lencioni, author of the book The Three Big Questions for the Frantic Family.  Don't spread your time or energy too thin.  Decide on a goal by asking yourself this question:  In addition to my current day to day responsibilities, if I accomplish one big thing in the next 3 months what should it be?  Then work on it.
3.    Keep your core values and top priority visible.  It helps keep you focused and clear.  Post it on your fridge, the bathroom mirror, or your computer screensaver and refer to it often.
4.    Count your opportunity costs and don't make snap decisions.  Often it's the little things the commitments you agree to out of guilt or pressure that end up making you overwhelmed and stressed out.  Don't say "yes" without taking the time to reflect on the opportunity cost it occurs when taking one course of action prevents you from accomplishing other tasks that are more in line with your cv's.  An example:  opting out as committee chair person for the third year in a row (opportunity), because it interferes with quality family time (cost).  When your decision is in line with your core values, you eliminate the guilt.  You're saying a resounding "yes" to what's really important to you.
5.    Continually reassess what to keep and what to get rid of.  My son and I played a game when he was young called it keep/dump.  We'd go through his room and evaluate toys, clothing and belongings I'd hold up an item and he'd tell me either "keep" or "dump".  It was amazingly cathartic for both of us.  Sometimes in life we have to assess what to keep on our plates and what we need to dispose of.  Often tasks that feel urgent can actually be ignored or deleted from our "to do" lists.  And sometimes during the completion of something really important we're struck by the urge to do something else, and we need to reevaluate our priorities.   Whether its "stuff", schedules, or priorities, your core values will be your guide when deciding what stays on the "keep" list.

posted on: 5/28/2010 10:29:28 AM by Robin Stephens
category: Time Management

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