The Time Travel Coaching Technique


The Time Travel
Coaching Technique

Imagine you're in a session with a client who's thinking about quitting her 9-to-5 job.

She wants to become a full-time entrepreneur so she can have more freedom and more time with her family.

You know your client is excited about entrepreneurship, but you also know she's stuck in decision-making mode.

She's anxious, worried, and maybe even a little scared of making the wrong choice.

She's wondering if she has what it takes to be an entrepreneur and if she's even ready to make that shift right now.

This would be a great place to use the Time Travel technique.

It's a simple process where you guide your client to "travel into the future" in their imagination and envision themselves and their life.

Here's how it works...


Start by having your client visualize themselves a few months or a year and up to 10 years into the future.

Then ask them specific questions...

What does their life look like? What do they see? What do they hear?
Where do they live? What is their daily routine? 

For the example in this chapter, you could ask the client to visualize her future and then go deeper into her work life.

Is she still at her 9-to-5 or is she running her own business?
Is she happy with the choice she made?


The Spheres of Influence technique is incredibly effective process that will quickly empower your client to take back control in any area of their life.

This is a fast, effective coaching technique that creates clarity around values, desires, and purpose-driven goals. It also allows the client to envision their ideal future and start crafting a timeline of when they want it to come true and what they need to do to get there.

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Try the Time Travel Technique on Yourself

Now, imagine it's 5 years from now and ask yourself the following questions.

  1. It's 10am on a Wednesday morning. Where am I? What am I doing? What do I see and hear? How am I feeling?
  2. What does my home look like? How does it make me feel?
  3. Am I living alone or with other people? If so, who shares my home?
  4. What is my daily routine? How does my day look like?
  5. What does my work look like and feel like? What do I do?

Now ask yourself...

What was my decision around <fill in your problem/challenge>?
Am I feeling happy with this decision?

The Eisenhower Matrix Coaching Technique


The Eisenhower Matrix
Coaching Technique

Time management, prioritization, and productivity are huge obstacles to success and satisfaction for pretty much everyone... from stay-at-home moms and entrepreneurs to students and CEOs.

It's a core set of issues that can rapidly lead to even more challenges including health struggles, issues in relationships with family and friends, and serious problems like addiction to food, drugs or alcohol.

Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, "What's important is seldom urgent and what's urgent is seldom important."

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The Eisenhower Matrix is based on this brilliant insight and the fact that time management and productivity challenges happen when we can't tell the difference between what's important and what's urgent.


The first thing to do is ensure your client has a clear understanding of the differences between "urgent" and "important" activities.

Here are the definitions:


Urgent - anything that requires immediate focus and attention. Urgent issues put people in a reactive, defensive mode, and are generally tasks related to other people's goals. These are non-negotiable activities and need to get done as soon as possible.

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Important - anything that contributes to long-term gains. Important issues put people in a responsive mode where there is clarity and a sense of control. These are activities that won't have any immediate impact right away, but will contribute in the long run.

When you're done with the definitions, get started on the Matrix.

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Have your client fill out all 4 quadrants:

Quadrant 1: Urgent and Important
This includes activities like getting the taxes done and hitting a major project deadline at work.

Quadrant 2: Not Urgent but Important
This includes activities like working out and creating a savings plan.

Quadrant 3: Urgent and Not Important
This includes activities like attending weekly work meetings

Quadrant 4:  Not Urgent and Not Important
This includes activities like scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, and binge-watching a Netflix series. Everything we want to do and probably should every now and then for our own sanity, but they're definitely time-consumers and at the bottom of the priority list.

Quadrant 1 activities need to be done now, Quadrant 2 can be planned for later.
Activities in Quadrant 3 can often be delegated, and you can usually delete or eliminate what's in Quadrant 4.

The Eisenhower Matrix is one the most effective coaching techniques you can use to help clients boost productivity and take charge of their time and their life.

It's a powerful, simple and elegant tool that will help your clients identify time-wasting tasks, and give them the
clarity and focus they need to prioritize their time and quickly achieve their goals.

The Eisenhower Matrix Coaching Technique
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Before The Eisenhower Matrix Technique

Before getting started on the Eisenhower Matrix, work with your client to identify how they would ideally like to spend their time. Help them bring awareness to their current challenges around time management so they can compare and contrast what needs to change when they complete the Matrix.

Some great questions to ask:

What's currently holding you back from managing your time the way you want to?
What would an ideal day look like?
How are you spending your time throughout the day?

Now it's your turn...

Come up with 3 questions to help your clients create awareness on their current situation so they can get the most out of the Eisenhower Matrix technique.

Question #1

Question #2

Question #3

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