“I am definitely going to take a course on time management, just as soon as I can work it into my schedule.”
—Louis E. Boone, U.S. academic author
Photo from Flickr by Jeremy Osterhouse
If you are like most people, time management is an area that could use a bit of improvement. Who doesn’t want to accomplish more in less time? Who wouldn’t want to have more time to enjoy the pleasures of life?
The paradox is that you must invest more time to gain greater mastery in your management of this elusive commodity. Just like investing money usually creates greater wealth, investing time in mastering its allocation and use can pay huge dividends.
Please consider the following three resources:
- If you only have 15-20 minutes, feel free to download my free workbook on Time Management Strategies and Tactics, or simply reply to this post and I will send it to you.
- Pick up and study a copy of Getting Things Done by David Allen
- Consider reading The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
“If time were to take on human form, would she be your task master or freedom fighter?”
—Richie Norton, author, entrepreneur, strategic advisor
Photo from Flickr by Gioia De Antoniis
Each of has the same 24-hours in our day. Some view this “life capital” from a constraining, scarcity perspective, thinking there is never enough. This often reflects on their attitudes and their level of fulfillment and engagement.
Others view time with an attitude of abundance. They champion and make the most of every moment, fully embracing the gifts each day can bring.
What adjustments can you make to your views about time to become more of a “freedom fighter” and less of the “taskmaster”?
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
—Earl Nightingale, American self-help speaker and author
photo from Flickr by kerolic
Some say that a vision is a dream with a deadline. Nightingale points out that this “time thing” is a primary cause of many people giving up on their dreams and visions. Of course many, if not most, rewarding futures take considerable time. That is what makes the accomplishment worthwhile.
Another interpretation of today’s quote is the saying, “It’s more about the journey than the destination.” Each small step toward your dream can be a source of satisfaction on its own, without your having to see the mountain you have to scale as unachievable or not worth the time it will take.
What dream or personal vision for the future will you commit to today, knowing that every day lived with enthusiasm and passion is what the journey is all about?
“It wasn’t a waste of time if you learned something.”
Rarely do I hear people complain that the way they spend their time is wasteful. Rather, when these individuals have little or no say or influence on their time, their complaint level rises dramatically.
What we perceive as “time well spent” is often viewed by those around us—particularly in our professional worlds—as wasteful. The same thing occurs with most of us when others are orchestrating and influencing our days.
As you begin your day, please consider putting on a pair of “Learning Lenses.” As you discover and appreciate the wide variety of teachable moments and lessons learned, examine the fulfillment and satisfaction available because of this more productive and empowering perspective.
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”
– Michael Altshuler, motivational speaker
Photo by Kora Xian on Unsplash
I recently attended a coaching conference where a speaker, Jim Selman, shared his work on the topic of aging. I was surprised to see just how significant and universal the subject was for the majority of conference participants – including myself.
What does it mean to age well? What has many of us pursue the fountain of youth, through everything from plastic surgery to the next wonder drug?
How can we transform our views on aging, to impact our lives in the areas of health, happiness, self-expression, meaningful relationships, and the overall desire for purpose?
How will you pilot your life, given your answer to the question above, to make the most of the precious time that you have?