Finding time becomes easier and more rewarding as you develop assertive skills. Your life becomes more productive, simpler, and more fulfilling, too. Use these basic principles to help you take charge of your time.
- You have the right to decide how you use your time. Your life matters. The more responsibility you take for how you use your time, the more you enjoy your freedom of choice.
- You have the right to plan your time and follow your plan. Your priorities matter. Your plans will help you channel your energies.
- You have the right to set boundaries. Your projects matter. You can protect your time from needless interruptions by respectfully asking for space and negotiating as needed.
- You have the right to say no to requests. Your focus matters. You can empathize without jumping in to help. This safeguards your time. Furthermore, it demonstrates your respect of others’ ability to meet their own challenges.
- You have the right to weigh options before committing your time to a project. Your decision-making process is important. Instead of allowing yourself to be put on the spot, you can say, “I will get back to you once I review my schedule. "
- You have the right to ask others to prioritize, when time is limited. Respect your limits. When others’ requests exceed the time available, simply notify them. They can decide what comes first.
- You have the right to say no to perfectionism and yes to “good enough". Your ability to balance your life is a priceless gift. Done is better than perfect. Valuing your overall productivity helps maintain your flow.
- You have the right to delegate and ask for assistance when you are short on time. You value your support system. At work and at home, ask for the help that you need.
- You have the right to change how you use your time. You direct your life. When your needs change, renegotiate your “time contracts" with others. When you proceed by choice, not resentful obligation, everyone benefits.
- You have the right to set aside time for your pleasure and your personal projects. You deserve to take good care of yourself. Your pleasure and productivity increase when you dedicate time to restoring yourself.
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