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The Art of Spiritual Time Management

Mar 27, 2008
There have been volumes written on time management in the personal development and self-help space, but, I would like to tackle this issue form a different angle all together. I would like to explore this art of time management from a spiritual perspective, which I think you will find to be surprisingly useful and beneficial.

The key to spiritual time management is not complex at all, but at the same time, it is not easy to do. The key is to do what needs to be done right away without making excuses. This is a great lesson to learn when it comes to living spiritually. You job is to do the very task that is right under your nose right away. That's it.

Life places in front of you what needs to be done. Do it! Don't delay, don't debate, don't make excuses, don't over think, act. If you don't act, you may not cause the end of the world, but you will create blockages in your life.

Your inner voice constantly reminds you of what needs to be completed. Not taking heed, and ignoring or getting out of these responsibilities, causes the following three problems.

Problems Caused by Not Acting Right Away:

1. Opportunities Lost:

Opportunities that may have been lined up for you are lost. Often by completing some tasks, we open the door to certain opportunities. These can be lost by not acting in time. Return that phone call, go to the gym, email your friend, do what life has indicated you need to do, so that the doors that are meant to be opened, open.

2. Consequences:

A chain of events can be triggered by your actions, or inactions. So heed your inner voice and do what you know you need to get done, right away. It is very possible that not you, but others have to suffer because you did not carry your load in time.

Along the same lines, I often notice that tasks not done in time, can often create much bigger problems, is left to fester. Like that glass left on the dinning table, that then gets knocked over by the kids and creates a big mess. I see such consequences all the time.

3. Back-log Forms:

As the list of tasks accumulate, you start to get dragged down by the weight of these pending duties. You don't feel very light or energetic and it eats away at you subtly from inside. When you clear your slate, you not only feel energized, but you make room for your life to move forward and for new pathways to open up. Otherwise, you start to stagnate. Summary:

One of the biggest challenges you will face when trying to go about doing what needs to be right away, is your mind. The mind is very manipulative and a master at making excuses. You will have to be very aware, to catch when you are just making excuses, and you will have to be strong to not give in to them.

The one very good thing about this technique is that it creates it's own momentum. In other words, the more you are on the ball, getting things done, the more energy you will find yourself having and the more confident and ready you will feel when the next task arrives. So just get started. In any moment when a task pops up for you to do, remember the Nike commercial and Just Do It!
About the Author
Anmol Mehta is a Yoga teacher & Zen expert. His free website offers the Free Rapid Weight Loss Yoga Program, and information on the Dangers of Kundalini Yoga and Tantra Sexual Breathing Techniques.
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