We all think we need more time.
More time to do all the little things that need to be done throughout our days – “If only I had the time” is used so freely and often it has basically lost any meaning whatsoever.
Time is something of an illusion. Many authors and speakers, such as Eckhart Tolle, believe time to be something above us altogether.
I’m not going to go that far, as it is too complicated a topic for a single blog post, but if you’re interested in the topic I’d suggest taking a look at The Power of Now by Tolle for a greater understanding of his ideas.
Aside from Tolle, I am here to suggest that managing your time is much less about slotting in every single piece of your day, and more about setting priorities.
Often you can spend hours, even days, on a single task that could have been done in a simple half hour. Sure, a number of times you will have done a better job of the task by giving it a longer time frame of attention, but it could also be said that many times you come out with just as good a product (substitute product for article, design, proposal, etc) if you’d spend just one tenth of the time on it.
The key to having all the time in the world and being able to accomplish everything you need to do is to manage your FOCUS, not your time.
Focus is key to getting things done. If you don’t have focus you will continue to drift through life doing a lot of nothing at all.
You want to live for eighty years, not live the same year eighty times.
A couple of weeks ago I spent a whole day (upwards of ten hours) designing the template for the free email updates here on Life Rapture. TEN HOURS! Sure, they look great now (sign up in the sidebar), but I could easily have got 90-95% as good of a job done in a quarter of the time.
I failed miserably to manage my time and focus.
This is the same reason why I now put a 20 minute to half hour time limit on writing the first draft for posts on this blog. Editing it then takes place in a similar time frame, and I schedule the post to go out at a later time.
The shorter the time frame you give yourself to do any task, the more likely you are to get it done!
It follows the classic example of taking your early morning jog. Waking up at 5.30am every day in the middle of winter to go for a jog would be a drain on even the most focused of people.
However if when you wake, you simply tell yourself you have to get out of bed with no obligations to put on your jogging clothes, that doesn’t seem like such a tough challenge. When out of bed, if you tell yourself you just have to put on your jogging clothes with no obligation to leave the house that again doesn’t seem like such a hard deal. If you next tell yourself you have to step out your door with no obligation to actually go for a jog, this doesn’t seem so bad either. When stood outside your door, at 5.45am, in your jogging gear… going for a jog would probably look like a fairly good idea.
If you can train yourself to manage your focus you can train yourself to do anything.
After all, you have all time time in the world.
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Posted April 19, 2011 — Subscribe to keep up to date with my latest posts.