The Rewards of an Ordered Life

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Discipline strengthens you and is an essential part of developing personal power and putting order and structure into your life.

Many believe it’s the opposite of freedom. In fact the truth is that discipline, order and structure give you more freedom. They free up time that is wasted in being stressed, lack of planning and organisation and discipline, and feeling pulled in all directions.

People frequently experience overwhelm because of a lack of order and structure in life. When you are feeling stressed by too much happening, too many demands and that sense of too little time – stop. Don’t allow this suffering to continue.

Make some quiet time to reflect on why you are having this experience of overwhelm. Sit with your journal and ask your Higher Self and Spirit to help you to understand the cause of overwhelm and to discover solutions. Take charge and use your power to think.

In life there are many repetitive daily tasks and commitments.  Order, structure, discipline and planning make it much less hassle to manage these and the reward is you feel in charge of your day, your life, rather than having your energies all over the place.

When you decide that you are going to put more order into your life, you begin to see where and how it will make a difference to your experience. You need to be patient with yourself and to be ready to make adjustments according to what you discover as you work at it.

Use your journal to note down what you will focus on first. You might decide that the first change you will make is to get up maybe half an hour earlier so that you create a quiet space for you to start making a plan for your day so you are prepared.

Then you might add to this space by choosing as well as taking time to plan, that you will meditate for 3 of those days for 10 to 15 minutes and to journal for 4 days. This way you are increasing your sense of quiet and the wonder of silence and the effectiveness of listening to what’s really going on for you and tuning in to your Higher Self and inner guidance.

You need to be persistent and choose to be excited by this project rather than heavy – don’t allow any space to that critical inner parent voice. Focus on victories and on what you want to improve and how you will go about improving.

Don’t put it off. Decide that you will start today.  You might start by journaling and writing down how you desire to have more order and structure in your life and to build discipline. Write about how it will benefit you. Be strong and determined, and visualise yourself organised and feeling good. Remember it takes practice and never giving up.

 

 

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Living a more structured Life

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We need to use our time here wisely and efficiently. We need to be consistently adding to life, taking initiative to grow and discover more, to deepen our understanding. Life is a precious opportunity.

Life is so full of distractions and noise and we seek them out as if we need them. This has just become an unquestioned habit. It’s great to ask yourself do I really need the radio on – the content may be interesting me but is this the best use of my time now? Noise and distractions rob us of the sense of space and time. When you’re tempted to turn on the TV and flop down in front of it, ask yourself is this really relaxing me. What else could I do with this time? Allow your mind to reflect on this.

We need time to be still, to be silent, to reflect.

Just think each of us has 168 hours to fill in the week.

What do we do with this? How do you use your time? What are the distractions in your life? What are the time wasters?

Journaling Exercise:

If you were to divide your day like a pie what gets attention and how much attention? What gets left out generally or almost completely?

What are the time wasters?

What changes would you like to make to this pie?

What do you want to include in the time available to you in each day, in the week?

To include something more you very often have to sacrifice something – what might this be for you?

What surprised you as you did this exercise?

Watch that victim feeling that might arise – a sense of not having any choice, the feeling that this is all too much. Don’t give into that.

Look at what you have written and ask your Higher Self and Spirit to enlighten you as to what will help you to have more order and structure and how you will fit in time to be quiet and still, meditate and journal and plan. Generate personal power and feel strong.

“He is able who thinks he is able.” Buddha

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creating more structure

 

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More order and structure in your life will improve the quality of your life and you will have time to fit in quiet reflective time for you.

Deciding what time you will go to bed and what time you will get up is an important part of bringing more structure into your life. It’s all too easy to sit on in front of the TV flicking from one channel to another or continuing to watch some programme even though it’s not of real interest to you.

You get so much more relaxation and space from turning off the TV or deciding to have a TV-free evening. Listening to uplifting music has such a calming effect and while you do that you could read or journal, be more present in the moment. You could think about goals you want to set for yourself and how you will go about achieving them. This can be a good time to plan for the next day so that you are in charge and making time for what you want to get done and fitted in.

Planning for meals can be, not only a time saver, but also mean you prepare the kind of nutritious meals you want. When you have no plan or a vague one, you are more likely to fall back on the foods that are less nutritious just to fill the gap.

Making a clear choice about screen time is another matter to include as you aim to bring more order and structure into your day and week. Computers can eat time up and certainly don’t leave you rested and prepared for sleep. It’s good to decide on the time you will close down your screen for the evening and be very definite about this. It’s also good to decide how much time you will give to social media, surfing the net or emails.

Time can be eaten up with TV and other screens – with busy-ness generally, leaving no time for quiet and inner, reflective space.

One of the best decisions I ever made in creating more order in my life was to get up earlier and have a silent hour to start my day – including in that time, meditation, journaling and Spiritual reading.

 

It Takes Personal Power to …

It takes power to stop and breathe and to choose to respond rather than react, when you are upset by something; to not give your power away to your emotions.

It takes personal power to plan your day so that you make efficient use of your time, learn to avoid becoming stressed, and make time for the things you want to include in your day.

It takes personal power to choose what you will not eat and what you will eat and to plan your meals ahead so that you ensure you eat well.

It takes personal power to get to bed on time and get up in good time so that you are well rested and refreshed as you start your day.

It takes personal power to have goals, to be clear about what you want and go for it.