Time

“We think about all of our tomorrows but we don’t know how many there are, so lets start making the most of our todays!” Ivana Trump

The beginning of the year is always a natural time to look backwards and forwards. I remember learning of the Roman god Janus (hence January) with two faces for just that purpose. So where can we start our reflection on looking back to last year and forward to this? Well, as they say, home is always a good place to start, but ourselves may be even better. What went well over 2013 for us? What didn’t go so well? Is there anything we could do differently next time to make a more rewarding result?

Taking time to reflect on each element of our life can be very helpful. For example our relationships with our partner, family, friends and colleagues. Our finances, our holidays, home and pets. Our lifestyle: work, social life, diet, exercise, spirituality and meditation. Are we happy with the amount of time we spend on each area? Of which element would we like to have more, less or cut out altogether?

A visual way of doing this is in a wheel. Choose the most important elements of your life and plot them on the wheel according to how much value they have currently. This tool clearly lets you see how you are spending your time and resources. Here’s an example:

 

For more details on how to make your own wheel visit:  http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_93.htm

Once we have reflected on our priorities we can think about what, if anything, we would like to do differently this year. Time is the most important and finite aspect of our life. It is also the biggest gift we can give someone. How we choose to spend it and with whom is within our power and worth being mindful about.

I wish you a Healthy and Fulfilling 2014 🙂