No spoilers, but I'd like to point out that we are all on finite time here on Earth in our present physical bodies. Your time is ticking! That's not meant to frighten you, as much as I hope it inspires you to make the most of what you've got; or aim for more if you're not happy with what you've got!
Regardless of your beliefs, Chinese medical theory dictates the "ideal" to live by. Theories behind Yin & Yang may appear black & white, when really they demonstrate the balance & moderation we should strive for. When this comes to time management, which I assure you is one of the greatest indicators of success, it provides the perfect formula for us to follow.
Qualities of Yin are quiet, reflective, & restorative. This is indicative of the amount of time you should delegate to activities such as meditation, reflection, prayer, journaling, reading, sleeping, dreaming, imagining, loving, or anything that rejuvenates (obviously interpretations will vary). I would point out also that late autumn & winter are naturally yin time, so participating in yin activities will likely increase during this time of year. All the more reason to allow yourself more time cocooning & resting when it's cold & dark out!
Qualities of Yang are active, out-going & moving. Spend yin time planning & yang time acting. It's just as important to set goals & make a plan as it is to ACT & implement them. Many folks seem to get snagged on the action part of time management. Some get caught up in ONLY acting & running around mindlessly; I would actually say that most people in the U.S. today are perpetually in yang-action mode. They fly out of bed at the last moment, scarf food down as they drive recklessly to work or school, race through their day, grab fast food on the way home, bound off to after work/school activities, then mindlessly stare at a computer or t.v. screen before *maybe* falling asleep for a few, restless hours. Late spring & summer are the yang time of year, which is why there is more daylight & we typically feel much more active (of course, results may vary).
How do you achieve balance between Yin & Yang time to make the MOST of your time?
Does this option take me towards or away from my goals?
How much simpler does this make your choices? And if you make the "wrong" choice, just choose again! Taking action, if even the wrong action, is often better than no action at all. In fact, Rockefeller reportedly only chose to hire individuals who accepted job offers on the spot, versus those who asked to think it over. Why? Decisiveness. A mind that over-analyzes exhausts itself needlessly. Where is your time going? Are you spending it worrying or acting? The over-whelm at times is not knowing which steps to take next. Taking small & intentional steps daily will, without a doubt, get you closer to life you really want.
Here's to your health & let me know how I can help you! - Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist at Bluegrass Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine in Lexington, Kentucky.
About the Author:
Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist, currently practicing in the gorgeous, horse capital of the world: Lexington, Kentucky.