“If we wait for tomorrow to be yesterday, we’ll wait forever.”
—Stephen St. Amant, Marketer, blogger, artist
Image from Unsplash by Aron Visuals
How does today compare to yesterday, last week, last month, or last year?
To what degree have you accepted that the past is history and the future a mystery?
What did the good old days look and feel like for you? To what extent is it possible to go back and actually recapture your happiest of yesterdays?
Where do and don’t you have control or considerable influence on what tomorrow may be?
What can and will you do today that will help realize the possibilities of many better tomorrows in your personal and professional communities?
What might it cost if you wait or hesitate?
“No one wants to be the skydiver who pulled the rip cord too late.”
—Eric Barker, author of Barking up the Wrong Tree
Image from Unsplash by Kamil Pietrzak
Where has procrastination, putting things off, or just a hint of hesitation resulted in your experiencing negative consequences? Perhaps you have missed an important professional or personal opportunity?
Although delays and inaction rarely have life-threatening impact, they can chip away at our overall success, fulfillment, and life satisfaction.
Alternatively, where has acting too quickly or jumping the gun resulted in false starts, penalties, or disqualifications from important events in your life?
What value could having a far better grasp on your personal and professional timing have on your future?
Consider picking up a copy of Dan Pink’s book, When – The Scientific Secrets of Perfect to Timing – to glean a few nuggets of wisdom on this important life skill.
“When was the last time you had some ME time?”
Image from Unsplash by Caleb Frith
George Washington once said, “It is better to be alone than in bad company.”
These days it may also be better to be alone than in even good company.
To what degree is finding “Me” time a significant challenge for you? How often may this be due to your selfless, giving nature? Where are you burning the candle at both ends to serve and support others in your various communities?
What is this costing you? What may it be costing those you care about because you are often running on or near empty?
Do your own Google search for “Me Time” activities that suit you. Select at least one strategic activity for when you have one, five or fifteen minutes. For advanced activities look at longer blocks of time to fully recharge and be your best.
“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.