Life coach to share tips to manage time at library program

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published September 12, 2017

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TROY — Does time get away from you? Do you find yourself spending time on things you don’t really care about? 

People can learn how to manage their time effectively and to make intentional choices on how to spend their time when Bridget Murray, an accredited life coach with the International Coach Federation, presents “Designing Your Perfect Schedule” 7-8 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Troy Public Library.

Anna Barlow, adult services librarian, said she knows Murray from a group they both belong to comprising people who used to live in Shanghai. 

She said she asked Murray to speak at the library because “everybody has to do so much, filling their schedules with more and more things.” 

She said people want to be successful at everything they do. 

“With so many roles we want to excel at, it can be overwhelming.” 

She said the program will help attendees align “what they want to do with their natural flow.”

Murray explained that everyone has “peak periods,” when they do their best high-level thinking and accomplish more difficult things. 

She said she will explore how to use brain-based life coaching methods to “do the right thing at the right time for the right reason.” 

“We can be very intentional about how we use our time,” Murray said. 

She said she will talk about how people can take control back and how to look forward to the end of the week, the month, the year or even their life, and “think about how they want it to go and make choices intentionally (about) how they want to spend time.” 

Murray said that emails, social media, communities, family and work all make demands on people, and “there’s expectation that we must respond 24/7.”

“The analogy is that the brain is like a cellphone,” she said, which loses power over a 24-hour cycle. “It needs food and rest to put it back on the charge,” she said.  

“Look at all your appointments — take some out. Open time up in your future, rather than being obligated,” Murray said. “It can be quite liberating and life changing.” 

Registration for the library program is required. Call (248) 524-3534 or visit The library is located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road.