Written by Rhoberta Shaler

In every week you have 168 hours to use as you wish. Do you really know how you spend them? A general idea of what you do with your time is not nearly as instructional as a clear understanding. Here is an exercise to help you clarify.

Take a letter-size piece of paper and draw a large circle on it. Torepparttar right ofrepparttar 101881 circle, write these words in a vertical list: family, career, grooming, sleep, exercise, driving, community, household, recreation, time alone...add any that are important to you. Now, beside each item, putrepparttar 101882 number of hours in an average week that you spend on it. When you are done, change those numbers into a percentage of your 168 hours/week. Now, to really make an impact, make a pie graph inrepparttar 101883 circle ofrepparttar 101884 ways you spend your time.

If, by any chance, you simply readrepparttar 101885 above paragraph without doingrepparttar 101886 exercise, and are now reading this, STOP! Nothing changes until you do. If you do not know how you spend your time, you will not receiverepparttar 101887 full benefit ofrepparttar 101888 ideas in this article. It is not enough to be saying to yourself, "I know that I need more time for ______." If that is so this exercise will help you find it. Please, won't you go back and makerepparttar 101889 chart now? (This may be one ofrepparttar 101890 ways you short-change yourself in your daily life. You may not give yourself time to dorepparttar 101891 good and beneficial things that you know would improve your life. Is that a pattern for you?)


Written by Rhoberta Shaler

Do you have an 'attitude of gratitude'? What is your first inclination in any situation? Is it to find something to appreciate, or something to criticize?

Many folks were raised with constant criticism. It seemed that almost nothing they did was right or good enough. If they got a good grade on a report card,repparttar question was "Why didn't you get a better one?" That's one way that parents control their children, or, at least, think they do. If that was part of your past, you may have to make a concerted effort to not pass that along now. Focus onrepparttar 101880 positive. Catch others doing thing right and say so!

You've probably heardrepparttar 101881 saying, 'When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." What do you do when things do not seem to turn outrepparttar 101882 way you want them to? Do you look forrepparttar 101883 learning inrepparttar 101884 situation, and change your approach? That'srepparttar 101885 best use of energy on your part. Spend little time onrepparttar 101886 downside—just enough to understandrepparttar 101887 lesson--and move on.

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