How often do you feel overwhelmed?
Have you ever said, “I don’t have enough time.”?
What if you had a clear system for organizing priorities so that you can be even more intentional with your time and have plenty of it? You can and will… read on!
Ancient Chinese Philosopher, Lao Tzu, once said:
Some of us might want to ball up our overloaded agenda and chunk it right at Lao Tzu. What does he know about us busy folks living 2,500 busy years later, right?
Americans today are bombarded with more physical, chemical and emotional stress in 30 days than our great-grandparents experienced in a lifetime! We have so much on our hands and in our brains nowadays. A huge part of this is information overload from the communications boom. In 2011, a USC Ph.D. student calculated that with today’s technology, each of us is exposed to the equivalent of 174 newspapers worth of information a day!
Our time is so valuable and yet so easily slips through our fingertips! Even in this day and age, Lao is right though. “I don’t have enough time” is just a thought. And guess who has power over your thoughts? Yep. You. What if you instead thought:
“There is enough time! What am I going to do with the time I have?”
In fact, what if you had more than enough time? What would you do then? Wow. Just take a moment to think of the possibilities.
Easier said than done, right?
Thankfully, we have another guru who not only talked the talk, but showed us how to make “enough time” despite having the busiest job in modern America. President Dwight Eisenhower was brilliant at minimizing distractions and staying focused on the important things. His press secretary said, “The President makes every minute count.” How did Ike manage all those important and urgent demands for his time? The Important/Urgent Priority System. Through this system, Eisenhower made an amazing discovery:
Here is the tool that will help you make the same discovery in your own life. It will empower you to find more time to spend on things that are important to you. In simple terms, the system is a way to prioritize your actions so that you spend more time and energy on things that are important and not just things that are (or seem) urgent.
Now, what are you going to commit to changing? Committing and follow through are very important.
What is it worth to you to achieve your goals and live your purpose?
I’ll leave you with one more quote from Soren Kierkegaard:
“Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.”
What if the statement below was your dominate thought?
Take a moment and think it right now…
“There is enough time! What am I going to do, today, with the time I have?”
Post it in your office, on your refrigerator, your phone or anywhere else you will see it often. See it, think it, live it!
How would your life change if this thought became a part of your daily life? It is your choice. Take control and make the decision every day on what you are going to do with your time.
Bonus: Here is a very useful app that takes you through a 1 week exercise that will help you get a grip on your information overload… and here is a NPR article with some more details on the app and the ideas behind it.
Until the next Revolution……
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