I saw something on time management the other day. I wrote it down.
This captured my attention:
“Most things don’t matter & what matters most needs less time than we think to complete”.
With respect to everything on your plate, everything on your calendar – delete or discard what doesn’t matter. And hustle on the rest – imagine taking tomorrow off if you get everything finished – you can do it. Of course you can. Imagine what you can do with all that extra time …
One person’s urgency is another person’s routine. Can you imagine going to the emergency room with your adrenalin pumping and feeling in distress? imagine if all the staff, nurses and doctors were as hyper-anxious as you are!
Of course not. It isn’t that they can’t respond to urgency, but they also have a ‘way they do things’ which gets the most urgent matters attended to first and the orderly ranking (they call it triage) of importance of everything and everyone else.
There are parallels in business – I’m sure there is in every business, just as there is in traffic. Someone has their foot on the gas and their fist pounding on the horn, somebody is sauntering along on the edge of the road and most people are going the same safe speed and they’ll get there. Eventually. If it’s sunny and roads are bare, they go faster. If it’s dark and blizzard conditions prevail we know who will be in the ditch …
This life, this business – this time and stage of everyone competing for instant gratification in this e point/click immediacy age – is missing the importance of thinking, deciding and doing at a steady and reasonable pace.
The question we must all ask, is whose foot is on the accelerator – your customer, your boss or yourself?
Poppycock - Good read today Mark (Netflix). And "poppycock"? It's sure a long time since I have heard (read) that word. My dad used that word when he heard some made up excuse I had...Isn't that the polite word for bs? Cheers, TL, Calgary, AB
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