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MFIS PSA 3 - Time Awareness

"The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities."

 - Stephen Covey

WHY is this meaningful to you?

We all live by the same 24-hour clock.  But, how you choose to use your time will ultimately determine whether you will achieve your goals. You need to use your time in a manner that supports the principals of your Ideal Life as well as, to help you achieve each of your Life's Goals. It is not enough to simply put it on paper; you must support it with action.

We invite you to consider the following:

  • Am I aware of how I spend my time each day?

  • Do I need to consider making changes in how I allocate my time?

  • What habits do I have that effectively support my goals? …and want to continue

  • What habits do I have that don’t support my goals? …and want to replace with better habits

  • Am I prepared to create new habits?

This strategy integrates your professional life and personal life. It can help you balance all your competing interests and it is the first step in taking control of your individual success.

WHO is this proven strategy designed for?


For those who want to control how they use their time, instead of time controlling them.

WHAT should you expect?


You will: 

  • Enjoy increased productivity

  • Enjoy improved job satisfaction

  • Find greater professional and personal fulfilment

  • Look forward to your time off to enjoy life, guilt free

  • Offer more to your family, friends, colleagues and clients

WHAT you need to know


Recommended Reading:  Give Me a Break, by Hugh Culver (This was provided in your PSA Welcome Package)

HOW to Take Action & Implement Successfully?


This is not time management! Time Management assumes that you have an element of control over time. But you cannot control time: you either use time, or time uses you.  Again, we all live by the same 24-hour clock.  Use the steps below to transition yourself from your vision and goals to actions that support them.


Take the time to go through this process thoroughly and enjoy the results!


Personal Time

  1. Begin by envisioning your life for the coming year. How would you like to see it unfold? When do you need holidays – your Personal Time - to maximize your life and career satisfaction?

    • Use your calendar to block out the holidays that you plan to take. Our experience tells us that your productivity increases if you have planned personal time to look forward to during the year. It helps keep you focused with your time when you are at work.

  2. Be proactive with the personal time you have scheduled. Make sure you have allocated time during your week for all the activities, interests and people that are essential components of your balanced life.

    • You will also want to consider if the way you are spending your time is productive or counterproductive towards the achievement of your personal goals.

Professional Time 

  1. Use your calendar to begin creating balance in your work week. Block out when you are completing work related tasks and when you are taking personal time (e.g. lunch breaks).

    • This process is as essential as planning your holidays throughout the year. You will not achieve balance simply by taking holidays - you also need a reasonably balanced week mapped out.

    • You may wish to use the Weekly Schedule of Success to begin mapping out your week.

  2. Be proactive with the work time you have scheduled. Use your calendar to proactively organize your individual work days. This exercise involves allocating your work days into:

    • Planning Time

    • Administrative Time

    • Productive time – Use the Client Meeting Protocol to structure meeting times.

  3. Communicate your schedule to the individuals who help you support servicing your clients.  It’s important they understand this structure and how to work and schedule within it.

  4. Monitor your time allocation.  It may not be perfect the first time you try it – that doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. 

  5. Adjust Accordingly.  Be flexible and adjust for continued improvement. ​

Watch Here to Learn More




PSA 3 Time Allocation

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