One of the things that seems to elude so many people is effective time management. We hear so much talk of… If I only had more money, or this job, this car, or lived in this place- I’d be happy. I disagree with those statements and when I hear people sabotaging their success by focusing on such menial things it reminds me of something we are all aware of.
How many times have we heard the broken record of the lottery winner that lost it all? The pro athlete that was given a contract worth millions, and now he’s bankrupt? The rock stars that spent it as fast as they made it and end up washed up, burnt out, bloated and broke.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Now, let’s get down to the brass tacks of achievement. When you look at how highly effective people spend their time, there you will find invaluable wisdom. When someone says to me “I don’t have enough time” “If I only had more time” or the classic old tirade- “There’s not enough time in a day.”
I don’t buy it.
Let’s look at some of these movers and shakers I was talking about.
Do you think Oprah Winfrey has managed to figure out how to get more than 24 hours out of one day?
Look what Steve Jobs accomplished in a very short lifetime. He passed at 57. Steve said something very profound once that I will never forget.
” Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
You could have all of the money in the world, and you can’t bury it with you. I know plenty of people who have all kinds of money and are miserable. In this modern world we live in everything imaginable is available in unlimited quantities, except for your time.
Considering a picture is worth a thousand words, take a gander at this-
The above painting- “The Persistence of Memory” by that genius Salvidor Dali, resonated with me strongly from a young age. Art is open to interpretation and the way I interpreted this as kid was- Those clocks are melting away, just like time when we waste it.
One of the exercises I have people who work with me do is to create a montage. I have a specific protocol I like to use where you start out with your baby picture and work your way up to the present modern day incrementally in pictures. It’s a lot of fun to do this as you can rummage through your parents old scrapbooks, and albums through pictures of vacations and graduations, and gather moments from your life that are memorable. It’s quite a project and very revealing. I did mine and I look back at it from time to time on my living room wall and it’s obvious how I spend my time- Music, Food and my Family, Friends and Sports. Remember- the wise words of the great Mario Andretti-
“The only thing that happens when you wait, is you get older.”
There’s a time management tip for you.
I never had the pleasure of meeting Steve Jobs, but I always had the feeling that his facing a terminal illness made him hyper-aware of how precious time is. I recently got a second lease on life after a near death experience myself and every moment of every day is all the more valuable and precious to me.
All the best,