A reoccurring theme that has plagued many of us, is the lack of time that we feel we have to accomplish our goals and dreams. It often feels as if there are not enough hours in a day. If you can relate to this menacing reality, keep reading! Over the next couple of weeks, I will try to shed light on how I conquer the time struggle.
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
– H. Jackson Brown
#2 MAKE A LIST
Many of us often feel bogged down by time, as we are constantly adding more to our plate. We have commitments to our families, our employers or our businesses, our communities and our faith. Many times, it becomes almost impossible to say no to another responsibility, even though we feel we probably should. In my last post, I suggested that our first and perhaps best strategy for defeating the time dilemma is to wake up at least an hour earlier every day in order to prepare ourselves for the day.
So now that we’re up earlier, how do we prepare ourselves for an efficient and productive day?
Make a list – With Christmas swiftly approaching, sounds of the popular Christmas carol “Santa Clause is coming to Town” can be heard everywhere from TV and radio to the mood music piping through every store showcasing its goods during the holiday season.
Although the story of Santa Clause is completely a fairy tale (sorry to have to break it to some of you), we can all learn something about beating impossible time odds by paying close attention to this fable.
In theory, this one man is going to fly across the world delivering toys to all of the children in one night. So what is the first thing Santa does? The first thing Santa does is make a list.
This is something that Tiffany and I have in common with Kris Kringle – in addition to our love for giving, jolly personalities, and (for at least one of us) a belly like a tub of jelly — we are master planners.
“If you fail to plan you are planning to fail!”
– Benjamin Franklin
I’m not saying that you will be able to get everything done, every day, but I guarantee that if you make a list, your production will increase exponentially. Every morning I have to schedule my day with extreme care to include every task that I need to complete with specific time brackets for each chore. I’m even sure to schedule time to have fun with my kids, and spend quality time with my beautiful wife.
Presenters always spout Benjamin Franklin’s famous “planning” quote in motivational business seminars, but it also rings true in our personal lives. Many people I have counseled over the years have poured their hearts out to me regarding the fact that they are not only falling behind at work, but they are also falling behind at home as well. They make statements such as “I feel as if I don’t know my spouse any more,” or “I can’t relate to my kids anymore.” It’s easy to tell them to take a family outing and go somewhere where they can all relax and reconnect, but that’s not always so easy to do.
Plan to spend quality time as a family on a regular basis, even if it’s as simple as taking a trip to the park. As we all take this time during the holiday season to appreciate our loved ones and make our resolutions, I hope you will all take heed and make a list everyday.