What is time? Well, all depends on how we relate to time. For some people it doesn’t mean too much. The Timeframe goes from sunrise in the morning and until it sets in evening. Normally this was, and is the way of viewing time in undeveloped communities, where all is about basic survival tasks, such as finding food for the day and defend the conquered territory. In other words, a very basic and rude manner of human life.
Jumping to a more up to date situation, Time is something we “fight against” on a daily basis. How often do we use the following expressions?
“I do not have time.”
“If I had time…”
“If the time allows me.”
“The time just blow away.”
These statements are probably nothing more than excuses. It is one of the most common ways in which people lie to themselves. I personally think than 99% of the time, when you don’t get something done it’s not because of a lack of time but because a lack of will. Every day from the day we were born and until we finish our life on this planet, we have and will have exactly 24 hours to our disposal….every single day! Not one single second more or one single second less.
Time – the only democratic variable
Of all the variables we have to our service to perform the way we want in life, Time most probably is the only absolutely Democratic Variable. Rich or poor, black or white, Christian or Muslim, male or female, child or adult, human or animal, we all have exactly 24 hours per day at our disposal.
This is not all. This marvelous variable called Time also offers another advantage. Every day we know on beforehand that we will have exactly 24 hours to do what we have to do during the day, and this is repeated every single day the rest of our life.
The interest question will then be how do we use this absolutely democratic and at the same time completely rigid variable.
The Past, the Present and the Future
Trying to take advantage or command of Time, we have to face the reality that we only can control a very small and limited peace of time which is the Present. However, the way we act in Present will decide how the Past, or the history, will be described later on. But the most important is that it will decide the path of the Future.
The Time has been analyzed in many different forums linked to religion, philosophy and science, and in some cases it has even been viewed as a fourth dimension of life. The more I try to understand what time really is, the more confused I get.
So, let’s make it simple and useful and only make one statement that can be of help when planning our activities. By transforming the sentence The Past, the Present and the Future to Experience, Action and Result, we have in one way or another used the same time pillars described with more motion or animation. The point here is that we cannot change the past but we can have an impact on the future, by acting appropriately in the present. By not being correctly active, or worse by being totally passive, in the present it is so easy to blame the time for our failure. Wait for a better future is the same as not doing anything to assure a better future. Blaming the “bad luck” in the past is the same as giving credit to that our past was based on events out of our control.
Do you see how we easily can build up a history and predict a future, where we nominate ourselves as victims of the circumstances? Most people failing in life can without problems identify themselves in this kind of time description. And the real losers accept these circumstances as their life destiny.
Planning – The Key-Word for a Prosperous Future
With an appropriate Planning we can optimize our Future. To start with, we have to use the Past or the Experience to not repeat failures we might have had before. The Past should serve us as a rich bank of experiences, where we take advantage of all our knowledge to plan for a better future.
When it comes to the concrete planning, we need to divide life in the basic and necessary categories:
- Sleeping (or resting)
- Social and family life
The first two (eating and resting) should not be so difficult, as they very much are driven by tangible needs by getting tired and hungry. However, by not eating correctly and sleeping well over a period of time, the body can run into a completely unbalanced mode and produce severe danger. So watch out!
Now, let´s be honest and see how we plan our private, social and family life. At least in my case, I have during many years given the family and friends the time that was left after the work was done. During many years, striving upwards on the career ladder, most of the time was dedicated to work. Every family is a separate and unique case and impossible to make any static number on how much time should be invested in family and friends. But watch out before it will become too late! I was lucky to have a very comprehensive wife and family. Others run into a family tragedy when it is too late trying to rescue what already is lost.
Normally you plan your hobby activity quite well and detailed, because it is an activity you like a lot. It is your passion! Why do we not plan our work the same way? I made this question to myself last year. The honest answer was short and straight forward: I did not feel any passion for my work. This was the signal and warning light for me that something had to be changed. Fortunately, I found the Six Figure Mentors which now absorb a lot of my time. I do the work with pleasure and it forms part of my joint passions. Can you imagine, it took me 62 years to find out that I was on the wrong path? It is never too late!
Based on that experience, I am now waking up every morning to do my very best to cultivate my new passion with joy. It all starts with a good planning. If you are passionate about something it is so easy that you lose track of what you are doing, as you would like to do all at the same time. Start with your overall objective. Where would you like to be let´s say within a year? From there you need to slice it down to monthly, weekly and daily planning.
In all activities, even the ones you have strong passion for, there are tasks you like more than others, and without planning we often start off with the tasks we like the most. Instead you have to think about what are the tasks that bring your business forward. It can be everything from daily routine work to tasks of a more developing nature. Prioritize always the tasks that will make your business grow.
Use an Agenda!
There are so many different programs and agendas out in the market and I will not spend time on going into these matters as you will find much better sites than this one to figure out which agenda is best for you. Further, it is often the personal style of each and every one that decides which planning system fits best for you. However, do not even think about to work without a planning system. I call it planning system as it should include your daily “to-do-list”, project developments together with typical agenda related issues, like appointments, phone calls, conferences, webinars and similar activities where more people are involved and where it is important to have a time coordination.
I’ll tell you that it has happened to me that I have missed an important conference call, because it was not properly registered in my agenda. When you work with something you are deeply passionate for, the daily work is so full of positive emotions and a strict agenda is the only way to keep control of your activities.
Make it simple and do not complicate life with expensive agendas or planning system. I am using my Google agenda linked to my Gmail, and it fulfill all my needs.
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