Nevertheless, like millions of others, I've tried to manage my time, often by trying to create unrealistic goals - and been disappointed when I don't appear to make the grade or to get the results I wanted.
No, time just is! The time (of your life) just exists - and what you do with YOUR share of the space between your days, determines your life and all that you get out of it.
In every second, we always have two choices. We can:
- Use OUR time to work on "the project" of creating the kind of life we want.
- Or look back with regret that we have squandered our allowance and opportunity each of us ALWAYS has, to spend our lives doing the kind of fulfilling work we love. That doesn't mean we have to act like robots continually and almost mindlessly working on "productive" tasks. No, in fact sometimes the opposite should be our goal: a little fun-type squandering really can help us achieve more of what we really want later.
"I Need a Time Machine"
The real answers are almost always simple in nature aren't they?
To "make more time", we simply have to:
- Need less stuff.
- Do fewer irrelevant errands.
- Make fewer promises, and ...
- Create fewer outrageous deadlines to enable us to - FOCUS ON WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT IN OUR LIVES!
This simple remedy is of course easy to say, not so easy to put into action. A million distractions await on the sidelines of our day, ever ready to ensnare us back into old habits.
Developing the simple ability to FOCUS on the task in hand is probably one of the most important skills we can EVER learn. For with it, comes limitless possibilities - really!
All the greatest achievements in human history have been won - in part - through the application of a laser sharp focus. Even apparent "happy accidents" that lead to incredible discoveries, seem to stem from periods of intense concentration.
Key point: we can help lay the ground and achieve more simply by being less busy, making bold choices and for many of us, saying 'No!' more often - with force if necessary.
Remember, "thinking time", if it is Focused, is Work Too!
Each day is a cup full to the brim of 24 hours. We don't know if we will get all of that particular 24 hours but we hope it's all there. Often it is; sometimes it isn't.
We don't get to make the rules or know who else is playing the game but we can manage our own lives better by making more careful choices. If we don't manage ourselves, history shows that someone else - like government or employers that we may not particularly like - will always do it for us. That is the way of things - unless YOU choose to change the rules and opt to drive your own life.
Celebrate: You're Living in the Greatest Age Since the Dawn of Time
You're reading this - so that makes you one of the richest people ever:
- You can read, that means you can learn, change and grow. How cool is that?
- You have access to the web. I'm willing to bet that the answers to most questions most of us will ever ask, can be found somewhere in the webscape - it is that powerful!
- You have access to a PC, Apple Mac, tablet computer, or some other web-compatible reading device.
With these tools, the world really is your oyster.
Today, millions of people have more choices, yet I'm amazed that many think the opposite is true!
We're living in the most exciting time in history - for ordinary people anywhere! Through modern communications, people are discovering new worlds, new ideas, other options, better ways to live.
While many of us have never had it so good - at the same time perhaps we've never felt so fearful about the future of our planet and of our own national, international and personal security.
There's always a neat remedy: simply chill out and focus on the good in people - there's a lot out there.
We don't hear much about them do we - those millions of ordinary, nice people going about their daily lives just don't make interesting news or sell many editions. However, that need not be so: there is drama and story everywhere - just a matter of crafting an interesting "description" whether in text, audio, video or even all three.
Something has to give. If we want to get more of this, we have lose (give away) some of that. Example: if we want more money, we won't achieve our goal watching more television - unless of course, television is the focus of our business.
Finding the time and making great choices
A million possibilities may be available to each of us each and every day. However, we can't do everything within our hoped-for 24 hours, so we can choose to make measured and calculated choices.
There's a knack to this - and practice really does make for a healthy bank balance.
Highly successful people:
- Specialize (don't be general. Why: you'll lose money and you have to appreciate that you're worth more than you may currently think you are).
- Work less, yet earn more.
- Select a narrow focus; concentrate on those choices and shoot for the moon and the stars - repeatedly.
- Keep aiming high - to do their best, getting better and better at what they do, and with each mistake they make.
Furthermore, anyone who knows where they're going can choose to see every mistake not as an error of judgment. Rather, each little incident is a learning hop that just means that the real objective is now one step closer.
If you think about such an approach - and carry this idea with you every day, continuously, how can you ever lose or not achieve what you want to achieve? With this method, you just know that you'll get there sooner or sometimes you'll arrive later. But you will arrive where you want to be.
Make today the write time of YOUR life. Think about what you would love to write about and what people love to read - then marry the two.
Go for it!
Why not begin a new chapter in your life today - start to "Write your way to the top."
After all, isn't today and every day the write time of your life?