October 20, 2006
Time – A nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparently
irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future.
Wow! What an interesting use of words to describe time – nonspatial
and apparently irreversible. It's not a coincidence that this month's topic
is about time. I set a goal to complete my audio book by Christmas, and am now
challenged with how to spend my time. I'm thinking, What needs to happen for
this to get done?
What's our fascination with time? Why is it that time flies when we're having
fun, and seems to stand still when we're doing something we don't enjoy? It
might be the same amount of time, but our perception of that time is quite
different. How do you describe time or what is your concept of time? More
importantly, how much do you value your time?
Lately, I've noticed that I really value my quiet time. To me, that time is sublime.
It's when I can be in the moment, and not be distracted by the radio or TV.
During this time, I am more aware of my physical being and relaxed. I also value the
time I spend walking or exercising – taking care of myself physically. Making
time for me supports me to be at my best in my daily life. Mostly, I value my writing
time – a time when I can express myself fully and intently.
- Are you a prisoner of time?
- Is there enough time to do what you want to do?
- Do you watch the clock?
- Is your time treasured or squandered?
- Do you feel that time passes you by?
- Are you living in the past, present or future – time?
- Do you sometimes feel as though time stops?
- How often do you say, I'll take the time later?
In Success One Day at a Time, John C. Maxwell wrote, Stop what you're doing
long enough to grow. How do you spend your time? Do you stop long enough to grow?
What time do you value? What are your time wasters? Imagine a life that is free of
the burdens of time – a life that embraces time! Here's how.
We all have the same amount of time each day, it's what we do with our time that makes
the difference. Give life your best. Stop what you're doing, let go of the past, and
focus on the now. Use time to sculpt your life – for personal growth, to unleash your
creativity, and to help others. Be not afraid of time, be grateful for it. Stretch it,
shrink it, realign it, create it, grasp it, reshape it, recapture it, value it –
- Surrender past events and focus on the present
It's true that you can't change the past, only your perception of it, and how it
affects your life. Learn from the past and let it go. For example, set realistics
goals for that day, and do your best to complete them. In the process, acknowledge
your accomplishments, and recognize what could be done better. You are now focusing
on the present, what's next and able to move forward.
- Recapture time spend on poor habits
Poor habits eat up valuable time. Let's do some math. What if you were able to save
5 minutes a day by streamlining your morning routine. What if you save 10 minutes a
day by avoiding things that distract you from starting your day. What if you were
able to save 15 minutes by making your coffee at home instead of stopping by the
local coffee shop, or save 30 minutes a day by watching less TV. That's an additional
250 hours of time per year! By being efficient with your time, and letting go of some
poor habits, you gain more than six, forty-hour work weeks.
- Grasp the concept of having enough time
Einstein was not afraid of time; he worked on a problem until he was satisfied. Let
your positive attitude about having enough time, along with patience, drive and
determination advance you and your life purpose, just as Einstein did.
- Reshape your view of time
When you're pressed for time, just imagine that you're stretching the time you have.
Instead of saying, I'll never get this done in 6 hours!, you call on the time
stretcher, and then you might hear yourself say, I'm getting so much done, I'll
have plenty of time to finish the project! Just as you would call on the time
shrinker to help you compress a block of time that seems to drag on. Let's say, you're
waiting in line, and you call on the time shrinker. Before you know it, you're talking
with the person in front of you, and 10 minutes has gone by. Give it a try.
- Create quiet time
Take a few moments to reflect on the day. Minimize noise and other distractions, and
sit or lie down. Take a few deep breaths and stretch. Allow yourself to let go of the
tension, and give thanks for what you are grateful for at that moment. By doing this,
you step out of the busyness of the day, reconnect with your body, and naturally
become more appreciative.
- Realign your time with your values
Determine what you value most in your life, and how much time you spend on each item.
If you value things that accelerate your life purpose or help build better relationships
with family and friends, realign your time spent on those things. If you tend to let
chronic time wasters (poor habits, laziness, procrastination, distractions, lack of
preparation, impatience) prevent you from doing what you value most, take action to
alter your behavior. Use your time to do what you've always wanted to do without making
excuses or sabotaging your success.
Belen Carmichael, NLC
Sucess One Day at a Time by John C. Maxwell
Prosperty Pie: How to Relax about Money and Everything Else by SARK
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