Posted by: wellness training services | September 30, 2012

Time Management – Part I – Professional Development Topics

Taking A Step – Time Management – Part I – Professional Development Topics

The push/pull of the race against time

by Danielle Gault

IN TODAY’S fast-moving work­place, once you fall behind it can feel like you’ll never catch up. We live in a cyberhuman society where the requirement for speed, productivity and efficiency can trigger a race against the clock. Our lives are spinning out of control as we continue to be wired for business and information over­load through our pagers, e-mails, faxes, and cell phones. We have no time for our children, our aging parents, our health and well-being. “How can we take control of our lives so that we can enjoy it?” is the question many are asking as they strug­gle to walk their professional tightrope. Yo Katagiri, head of Pioneer Elec­tronic Corp., said, “People can’t work properly when they’re tense.” A good life is, however, worth working hard for — but we can reduce the struggle and tension by understanding our own inner process and how to manage it effectively.

Personal differences

To understand personal differ­ences and how the race against time affects us, we can view ourselves through the eyes of type and temperament theo­ry. For instance, the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indica­tor) deals with four scales of opposite preferences which are:

  1. Extraversion versus introversion — where do we prefer to go for our stimula­tion and energy?
  2. Intuition versus Sensing — how do we prefer to take in information?
  3. Thinking versus Feeling — how do we prefer to make de­cisions about the information we take in?
  4. Perceiving versus Judging —how do we prefer to structure our world?

The MBTI indicates specific differ­ences in how we would like to behave. The world and people in it, however, impose their own game plan on us and often have counter expectations for our behaviours. These opposite expectations have inherent tensions in them.

According to Carl Jung, the tension of opposites is the very essence of life. Without tension, there would be no ene­rgy and consequently no healthy personality development. An optimum amount of tension is necessary, but too much tension can make us snap and too little can make us lethargic.

All personality types experience ten­sion when dealing with time constraints and, therefore, an understanding of our inner processes when dealing with these constraints can increase our levels of health and happiness. An understanding of our workplace patterns of speed, pro­ductivity and efficiency, together with the tools for maintaining optimum levels of health and happiness on the job, can help us deal more effectively with ten­sion when the world doesn’t conform to our expectations.

How can understanding your preferences help you in your time management strategies?

Stay awake, aware, and alert and strive to lead a well-tempered life – a life that possesses both hardiness and flexibility.  The good news is that once you are awake, it’s hard to go to sleep again, but if you do, do it on purpose and prepare yourself for the consequences.

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