I’m focusing on focusing on fewer things, rather be pushing ahead ten things than falling behind playing catch-up on twenty.
I can’t win on twenty, can do well on ten, can be superb at five.
I will change the world with just one.
Don’t know which one, not yet, but I am allocating the time, sure, no problem, right after I finish what is on my plate.
Most talk and writing about work/life balance, I’m convinced, is simply bunk.
How can we have balance when so many things are important enough to consume us, consume our time, our energy, our minds?
Too often we choose (or feel we must) what is simply urgent over what is truly important.
Also, we often choose what can be done anytime (or not done at all) over opportunities that will be gone if we don’t grab them, missed like ships in the night or birds on the wind.
When we miss opportunities that will never show up again – too many of us grind our teeth over what was lost rather than chasing new and better opportunities, ones of our own making.
Consider: sleep, eating, personal hygiene. How much time each day?
Think - work, travel, managing family, managing commitments, managing everything where someone else depends on you. How much time every day?
After allocating adequate time, I am in negative territory. We need to demand, of ourselves, answers to:
- when and where is time for me?
- how do I make time for things I want to do – things I never get around to doing?
- where is time for pursuit of our dreams, hobbies and travels?
We all have easy answers – tomorrow, next week, next month, next year. Or, never.
Those aren’t answers, but excuses, if we allow them.
So, what does real change look like, feel like?
And, if we can describe it, can we do it?
Can we own it?
column written/ published from Calgary
morning walk: -7C / 20F, overcast, slippery, light breeze and heavy traffic - I was more focused in head-down mode to find traction as we dodged fresh ice from yesterday’s melt to notice much – but we survived and got home without anything twisted or torn . . .
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