Inspiring And Enabling People
To Make A Difference
The most popular response I get when I tell people that I write and teach people how to master their time is “I could do with some more of that!”
Well, every four years, their wish is granted and the universe delivers a whole extra day for them to do with as they wish. February the 29th is 24 hours, 1440 minutes or a massive 86,400 seconds. If you really want to know the significance of this opportunity, just stand staring into someone’s eyes for 60 seconds and see how slowly the time goes by.
Of course I am stating the obvious. Yes, we have an extra day in a leap year, but how many of us actually make full use of it? The challenge is that our calendar and busy schedules mean that the extra day just gets absorbed and we hardly notice it. It reminds me of when my Mum gave up smoking. Initially, she put the money that she had spent on cigarettes into a personal spending fund to motivate her to kick the habit and within 12 months she had been able to fund a new wardrobe of clothes, a hi-fi system and one of those new microwave ovens. (She used to smoke a lot!) However, at the end of year one, she decided to just put the money back into the general living pot and guess what? It just disappeared! She didn’t feel any better off and even began to wonder how she had been able to afford to smoke in the first place.
An extra day in the year works the same way. Most of us could probably wonder how we manage with just 365 days?
In many ways, the appearance of an extra day in the calendar every four years, serves as a good reminder that we can easily let many days pass by without fully grasping the opportunity that each new day brings. The secret to mastering time is not rocket science. Getting the most out of every day means spending as much of that time as possible on the things that motivate you. Focusing on your priorities, moving your projects forward, achieving a life balance that meets your needs and desires. However, while I recognise that this is a simple concept to grasp, it is not necessarily the easiest thing to actually do. Whenever we ask people in our workshops “how should they manage time”, they invariably have all the answers, the difficulty comes when they attempt to put that into action. Life gets in the way and immediately undermines our confidence that we can ever acquire the discipline to be truly focused!
Well, February 29th 2012 (or any day after it) is your opportunity to break that thought process and begin re-building your confidence to master the time of your life.
I want you take just 1/48 of this extra day and devote it to something that you truly love; something or someone that makes your life worth living. Just 30 minutes of pure focus. Switch off any potential sources of distraction and allow yourself to live in the moment completely.
After, or even during the 30 minutes, I want you to capture what you have done with some tangible evidence – a picture, a written record, a song or even a physical item. This process will ensure that you have at least one example of when you have lived life on your terms; one piece of evidence that you can do it. Once you’ve done anything once, you have proven that you can always do it again. 30 minutes a day, over 12 months is more than 7 days! Wow! Who needs one extra day every four years when we’ve just added 7 days in one year? I promise this is not some Jedi mind trick – you are on your way to time mastery!
Tell us what you do with your 30 minutes (remember this is a family friendly show!)
“Mastering Time 24/7 – how to work less, deliver more and live a Great life” is available to download here.