October 21, 2019
“The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.”
Stephen R. Covey
Here we go again, a new week. I don’t know about you but time seems to fly by faster than it use to. You would think that having less obligations than when I had a job and external responsibilities, I would make better use of my time.
My first priority these days is making sure I keep my wife as comfortable as possible. We have established a routine that works for us, that leaves me time for other things. Of course one of my priorities is creating the daily blog and that helps me to stop and think about what I might share with you.
Since I can no longer drive I am somewhat homebound whuich opens up more time for other things. I have a long list of things I would like to know more about, books I would like to read and more. What I lack sometimes is the discipline required to get more done. Here is a edited article that’s advice I should follow, I thought it might interest you.
A 4-step process for creating your best day
Christopher D. Connors
There are four distinct ways to create your best day and successfully manage your time. The four stages of time management focus on distinctive aspects of the way all of us use our time. Whether we’re wasting time or maximizing its usage to the fullest, we all enter into each stage of time management.
- 1. Idea Creation – The beginning of time management is the birth of an idea. Think about it — before you can have strategy or planning, you require the idea. Now, apply this to your life. What are you trying to do? The idea spawns all your creativity and imagination and helps you think deeply about what you want. Everything begins with an idea.
- Strategy – Once you have your idea, you begin to put together your strategy. Strategy, decision-making, and purpose determine your direction. We need strategic direction to know what is — and equally important, what isn’t — a good use of our time. We have to learn to say “no” to time wasters like excessive web-surfing or TV watching. Strategy tells us what matters.
- Process – Your process must safeguard against distractions. You have to rely on what works for you. Research best practices, scheduling, and tips, but focus first on discipline. To nail down your process, it takes repetition. It takes a willingness to dedicate yourself every day to carry out the plans for your life.
- Reflection – There is no woman or man that succeeds in an endeavor who does not rest, reflect, and calmly process each day’s activities. What worked well? What didn’t? What mistakes were made? Where are the opportunities for improvement? These are the questions on the mind of a constantly self-improving time manager.
“Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you do not let other people spend it for you.”
At the Olympics a man went up to a competitor who was carrying a very long pole.
“Are you a pole vaulter?”
“No, I’m German, but how did you know my name is Walter?”
“Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.”
Jane walked into a pharmacy, strolled over to the counter, and caught the pharmacist’s attention.
“Can I please get some arsenic?” she asked.
“Arsenic? What do you want arsenic for?” asked the pharmacist.
“It’s for my husband,” she replied.
“Your husband?” exclaimed the pharmacist, “I hope you don’t mean what I think you mean!”
She just nodded.
“Well, lady,” he replied, “I’m an honest man. I can’t sell you arsenic, I wouldn’t if I could, and I don’t know what made you think you could just stroll into a respectable store and expect me me to sell you arsenic!”
She didn’t say a word. She just reached into her purse, fished out a photograph, and handed it across the counter. It was a picture of her husband, in bed with the pharmacist’s wife.
Slowly the pharmacist looks up, over the counter, and then straight at her. “Lady,” he said, “why didn’t you tell me you had a prescription?”
Adam was the only man who, when he said a good thing, knew that nobody had said it before him.
A minister was opening his mail one morning. Drawing a single sheet of paper from an envelope he found written on it only one word: “FOOL”.
The next Sunday he announced, “I have known many people who have written letters and forgot to sign their name.
“But this week I received a letter from someone who signed his name and had forgotten to write a letter.”
“Next time you’re feeling sorry for yourself, consider that your garbage disposal eats better than 30% of the world’s population.”
Suzanne and Lorna were talking about their work. “I hate filing,” Lorna said, “No matter how careful I am, I can never find the papers I’m looking for. I forget where I have filed them.”
“I used to have that problem too, but no more,” Suzanne replied, “Now I make 26 copies of everything I type and file one under each letter of the alphabet. That way, I can’t miss it!”
You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
Why is it when you turn on the TV you see ads for telephone companies, and when you turn on the radio you hear ads for TV shows, and when you get put on hold on the phone you hear a radio station?
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
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