How to let love give you focus

by Julie Baird on February 15, 2010

I couldn’t let Valentine’s week pass without trying to find some link (however tenuous) to time management. It is amazing how you can tie ideas together when you want to!

But passion does have a role to play in how we all spend our time.

When we feel passionate about something we do not begrudge spending time on it, in fact time often passes without us even realizing it. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could summon up that level of passion for your studies!

Okay, we live in the real world. While there may be some subjects you do have genuine enthusiasm for, other just have to be borne to get the credits and never looked at again.

So, here is how you can use your passions positively. Find things you are truly passionate about, whether it is an activity, music, theatre, friends, a spa, a new issue of people magazine, whatever – something you love to do and get excited anticipating. Now, plan in that activity for right after your boring study time. Be firm, you do not get to reward yourself until after you have really accomplished what you set out to.

This firm deadline will really focus your mind on the time you have, but there are some ground rules:

  • It can be big or small but you have to be really excited about it.
  • You have to set clear goals that need to be achieved before the reward
  • It has to be for short periods of time, one day max or it loses its impact
  • You cannot cheat
  • Mix it up so it stays fresh and exciting

If you or your child are struggling to control your time and get the results you know you are capable of then it is time to take action.  The Focused Time Management System TM for Students avoids all the clutter and gives you the most important things to focus on to get you back in control of your time and your life. It’s all step by step, not a big mish mash of things. So you do step one of the system, and when you’re done with that, you move on to step two, and so on. So easy!  All the tips, tools, and worksheets are handed to you on a silver platter.  E mail me at to arrange a time to chat over your issues and see if I can help.

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