Time is not refundable so use it with intention
“Where did that time go, I can’t believe the first quarter has gone already, can you?”
“I know I saw you in January and it is already April, how did we get to Easter so fast!”
“Is it really 2017 it seems like yesterday when I was saying welcome to 2015”
Do these phrases sound familiar to you? Everyone we talk to says things like this about time.
Everyone is so busy. With the busy bug people don’t feel like they have a choice, like time is just running away.
With the busy bug people don’t feel like they have a choice, but we all have choices
There are many pressures on us to be busy; there is so much to do, there is the pressure of work, home, family, getting the balance right in our life.
The next job, the next promotion, the next meeting we HAVE to go to, the flight we have to take, the next thing we cannot miss. We get into the busy wheel and it feels like we can’t get off. We feel like we HAVE to, OUGHT to or SHOULD do. There are demands on our time from every angle.
It can feel like we are missing life and great moments when we are in the busy bug mode.
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot”
Here are some of our recommendations for how to take the steering wheel when we are busy ‘running’:-
- Take one step at a time, ensure you stay in the moment. Just take one moment to stop and think. Just one moment to take that breath before you open the door to the meeting or dial into that conference call.
- Review how much reflection time you are getting, how much downtime to reflect on what has just happened or prepare for that next meeting or next place you have to be.
- Have you just missed a moment to thank someone, recognise someone or celebrate success? Take that time write that email, say thanks, acknowledge what you have just done before rushing onto the next thing you must do.
- Be intentional about how you spend your time. Choose to do things you want to do too, not just the things you feel you have to do.
Life is very full for all of us no matter what we do, but life has space too. Grab that space.
Make the most of it as time is not refundable. Enjoy the moment!
About the authors
Mandy Flint & Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, award-winning authors of ”The Team Formula”.
Their latest book, multi-award-winning “Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions”, published by Financial Times International is a practical tool for building winning teams. You can download a free chapter of the book at www.leadingteamsbook.com
Praise for Leading Teams: “Enjoyable to read. Simple to understand. Practical to implement. A must read for team members or leaders” Debbie Fogel-Monnissen