A perfect model for time management strategies is nature. That's right! Nature has no time management issues.
Nature is never late or in a rush. It doesn't procrastinate, get frustrated, or forget that it's time for spring.
The way nature behaves is an amazing model for improving our own time management. According to ancient Chinese medicine, there are 5 elements of nature: Fire, Water, Wood, Metal, and Earth.
Essentially, like the earth, we possess qualities of all these elements, and when they’re in balance, life is good.
For example, there's nothing like the warmth of a wood-burning fire when it's cold, or a delicate candle burning on a rainy day. There's nothing like jumping in a pool on a hot day, or taking a cool shower after a long run. These elements are gifts to us.
But, just as they are gifts, each element can get out of control - like a raging fire burning acres without heart, or the quiet withdraw of ocean water that eventually unleashes devastation as a tsumnai.
Thus, any element that gets out of control can create potential disasters, right?
How does nature apply to your time management?
In our personal lives, these disasters show up as chronic rushing, dissatisfaction and withdraw, anger, procrastination and so forth. So, if we don’t nourish and control these same qualities within ourselves, our life can feel like a disaster as well.
The goal of the 5 elements of nature to help us find balance in life by tending to each element so that it nourishes and controls the next with ease.
Most people say that there’s an element or two they ‘hang-out’ in most of the time. While it’s good to identify elements that fit your way, it’s also good to know which other elements can help nourish and control it to keep life in better balance.
Finding your Time Manager Type using the 5 elements of nature is very insightful, and helps us to experience more balance and well-being.
So, which element is your time manager type?
Below is a brief description of teach type. If several types apply to you, that's great. It could mean that you're well-balanced and your time management needs only minor areas for improvement.
If you notice that you're especially like one type, and experiencing its hardships as described below, you'll want to read more about how to apply specific time management strategies to your type that will nourish and control the element that's speaking to you most.
Here’s how to begin:
Ready? Find your Time Manager Type Below.
Fire Time Managers are:
Earth Time Managers are:
Metal Time Managers are:
Water Time Managers are:
Wood Time Managers are:
Keep in mind:
The characteristics of the elements above directly impact our time management strategies and more. Thus, learning time management skills starts with understanding your strongest qualities and your Time Manager Type.
Sounds fun, right? Well, it is! And learning about your type provides you with time management strategies to improve the way your life feels.
Along with other time management strategies, the Time Manager Type activity is based on ancient Eastern medical practices. Huh? Let me briefly explain.
Many practitioners of Chinese medicine, such as acupuncturists, help to heal their patients by understanding how things work in nature. It makes sense considering that the earth heals and takes care of business without needing any support from me or you.
If you'd like more information on the 5 elements of nature, it's best to gain insight from professors and institutions that study the 5 elements of nature as it applies to acupuncture such as the Worsley Institute or the Maryland Institute of Integrative Health.
The goal is to use strategies of all the elements to experience balance, while also 'being' the element that's most like your nature.
Be sure to read more time management strategies based your type to fully enjoy the benefits of your time manager type and improve the way your life feels every day!
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