Imagine for a second that time could talk. It’s a scary thought, right?
But let’s say you looked forward to a regular chat with time. You’d probably start with a little small talk — discuss the weather, a recent vacation, and maybe a new recipe or two. Then, the discussion would quickly turn to what you really want to know, like:
“Why can’t you just slow down?” or “Why can’t I find more of you?” Better yet, “Could you please just stop? I’d like to get more done.”
Whatever the question, the answer wouldn’t likely be all that easy to stomach.
Time isn’t about to sugarcoat things. It’d tell us exactly how we’ve been using our allotment, and this type of truth-telling can sting. So, we’d slough it off, convincing ourselves that time is too old to understand. After all, it doesn’t know what we’re going through, and we’d probably go about doing things the way we always do.
When the idea for my book, Tide Turners, came to me, I was in a deep conversation with time. I was on a plane coming back from Baltimore, and I was telling time, “Don’t you understand? My company just laid people off and I have more responsibility. I’m too busy! I can’t get done what I need to get done for my job now. How can I find time to write this book?”
Here I was having this intense conversation, and time was responding, “You have me! You’re just not using me in the right way!” William Penn said it best, “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”
I didn’t like what I was hearing, obviously. I was upset, and the only words I could muster were, “Show me!”
Shouting at time isn’t productive. Nor is it wise, as a laundry list was shown to me in my mind. Time wasn’t about to mollycoddle me and tell me what I wanted to hear. If I was going to write this book, I needed to change my use of time — and that’s exactly what I did.
Time revealed to me what I needed to change. It was the first step to becoming better with using time. I began to understand what I was doing by becoming self-aware, and then I made the decision to change.
Do you know what changes you need to make to better utilize time?
There are tools available to help you understand how effective you use time. If, of course, you have that conversation with time and choose to make changes, you don’t need to utilize a tool. I guess I’m a geek given I love to see numbers and how I stack up, so I took this little quiz I found online.
For those who complete this quiz, I’d like to make a special offer. The first five people to send me an email with their score, I’ll send them a free copy of Tide Turners — and I’ll send it to you prior to its release (it’s set to come out January 2017).
Time — we all have it. And we often blame time for not allowing us to get what we want accomplished. As long as you keep checking in with time, and listening to what it tells you, you’ll be more apt to make better use of it.
I mean, wouldn’t you like to hear, “I’m proud of how you’re using me.”
Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.
Again, here’s link to the time management quiz: http://bit.ly/2dhXfFZ
And don’t forget send me an email at [email protected] to receive a free copy of Tide Turners. The first five copies are up for grabs.