How to do it
In this article I'm going to tell you more about one of my areas of expertise:lerarning skills and more specificly- time planning
?When you hear "time planning" what associations do you have
.It appears that some of us feel comfortable with time planning and some of us do not
In my article I would like to explain why some people are deterred from time planning and how to deal with it. I want to convince you that everyone can prepare a time plan and stick to it!
?why some people are deterred from time planning
Some people have had a bad experience with time planning. They've tried to manage their time many times in the past, but they were not able to keep to it. They've had a very nice master timetable but when they've had to follow it, they've found many excuses and have put off their tasks again and again. As a result, they've developed a hidden fear of planning and of self commitment. This fear causes restrictive thoughts such as "time planning is not for me," "it's better to not have a plan," "it's better to be resilient," etc. The profound thought which is hidden behind those thoughts is "I'm not able to plan my time and stick to it." These kinds of thoughts cause ineffective behaviors such as procrastination and avoidance.As a matter of fact, the main reason that people do not stick to their time table is because it is unrealistic! They try to "bite off more than they can chew" and they plan too much! Once it happens, it automatically ramps up the fear of failure and causes procrastination. People prefer to not expect too much in order to not be disappointed. The good news is that if we know how to plan correctly, then we will succeed at it!
According to this understanding, what can we do practically
First of all, we have to respect and to accept our fear of failure. Second of all, we have to change our restrictive thoughts about time planning and replace them with constructive thoughts such as: "I am able to make a time plan which is suited to me." That's true! Everyone can make a suited and well built time plan! The third step is to build a master timetable of your permanent weekly activities. Write on the side the commitment units that take up most of your time, like self learning units. Then add one more commitment unit than you usually do. For example, if you usually spend four units per week in self learning, then add one more unit to it. Once you make it, you can add another unit the week after. Then you will not feel
intimidated about your plan and you will believe that you can do it
Another thing to include is an hour of "flexible time" in your plan. It will give you space and will give you extra time for unexpected things.There are a lot of techniques for time planning, but I will not focus on them in this article.In conclusion, even if you have a bad experience with time planning, it doesn't mean that you will not be able to make a good plan. You have to believe that you can come up with a suitable plan. Additionally, you have to have a well planned timetable that is suited to you and that you feel comfortable with
. Remember not to plan too much, because the less you plan, then the
!more you are able to do
. Ella Arnon MAAn individuals,couples and families therapistA director of a training center of learning skillsSkype therapy in Hebrew and English
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