Inspiring And Enabling People
To Make A Difference
There are millions of people who have been on a 1/2 day course or read a book who would consider themselves “time managers” but what exactly are they managing? Are they the managers or are they being managed?
Recent scientific evidence and theories would suggest that the more we learn about time, the less we actually know. All we know is that we cannot stop certain things; the ageing process, the changing of the seasons and the certainty of youth. But can we stop time? Time management trainers like to give us the impression that we can “make more time” but too often this message is confused with just “doing more”. The great Stephen Covey elaborated further when he asked us all to focus on the right things – to stop just doing and focus more on being. In my work on personal effectiveness, I always encourage people to develop both the motivation for change and the confidence to make it happen, but ultimately, it all comes down to what we choose to prioritise in our lives.
There are only 24 hours in a day, (although I am investigating the possibility of creating time by flying westwards continuously around the world!) We can only ever do so much before our bodies need to rest, so choosing what we do is critical if we are to progress (where progress means achieving something that is important to us.) This is a vital consideration when it comes to the challenge of “balancing our lives”.
Many delegates on our programmes complain of not having enough time to do the things they really want to do in life because work gets in the way. They express it as feeling like they don’t control their lives. But this is simply untrue. What they are actually doing is constantly prioritising work. There will be times when there are critical timescales at work when it needs to be prioritised, but if that is becoming the norm then you still have a choice. Is this what you want to do with the time of your life or would a different way of life suit you better?
I am pleased to say that about 5% of the people who go through our workshops change their current work situation afterwards. This is by far the best situation for all involved; the individual is enhancing their sense of control over their life and focusing on the things that they really want to do, the company they are leaving is no longer sustaining an individual who is not 100% committed to their cause and the 400+ people in the individual’s network now have a happier, more creative, member.
When was the last time you thought through what you are doing on a daily basis and assessed if it is really working for you?
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