We Cannot Manufacture or Recapture ©
This title is our mantra…for a very good reason. That reason speaks for itself. Let’s take another look at why time is our most precious resource.
We are acutely aware of how – early on during each new year – a dirty word surfaces again. For one reason or another, the shame-oriented concept of procrastination begins to appear with fierce frequency.
Truth is: most who find themselves off-track from a goal or aspiration have instead actually encountered challenges or distractions. We are busy; even busier than yesterday somehow. So now, we must increase effective prioritization, and realign our focus with deliberate urgency around the important payoffs → in terms of opportunity cost.
February is nearly over. Even with an extra day this year, the month inevitably flies. January’s resolutions may have already been neglected by now, and even otherwise disappeared, as we realize that we are more than midway through Q1.
Nonetheless, life fails to pause or give us our time back. We must keep moving forward, juggling competently, and keeping all of the balls in the air.
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
~ Pablo Picasso
It is 2016. We all pack far more into a schedule these days than we ever did before. Expectations are higher, and there is no going back to the way it used to be. Access to, and popularity of, smart phones, tablets, and other technological tools implies that we can do it all faster.
We need a strategy. Opportunity cost is often too high a price to pay.
Time Management may sound like some elusive means of wrangling organization from the otherwise current comfort zone that we modeled after a version of the Einstein desk. In truth, it is simply an apt label for: (1) understanding what needs to be done, (2) prioritizing according to value, urgency, and potential outcome, (3) seeing the prioritized tasks through to completion, and (4) reaping the reward and accomplishment that follows.
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
~ Stephen King
While it is believed that at least 20% of the population is inclined to perpetually or chronically procrastinate, another factor that influences a propensity toward deferral is distraction. Distractions abound, and have even become embedded segments of our daily lives.
They can easily occur, even in the workplace, due to the universal adoption of smart phone use. Since each social media platform or App game – for example – is designed to engage for at least a few minutes at a time, this interruption is enough to disrupt and sideline otherwise productive activities. The flow of work productivity is lost, and it takes longer to get back in that zone. That momentary distraction then becomes a compound loss.
“There is a price to pay to make the changes you want in life. There is also a price you’re already paying for staying the way you are. You have to weigh these 2 prices and decide what to do based on that comparison, and no one else can do that for you.”
~ Bill Harris
In fact, Psychology Today concludes that by deferring, we self-sabotage. Typically, we think of these things in terms of avoiding responsibilities, or habitually putting tasks off. So, instead of making a subconscious choice not to succeed, we can reframe this in the mind.
When we motivate ourselves by what we have to gain through action, this generates excitement. Perception is reality, and we can shape that toward success.
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
~ Jim Rohn
Beyond self-satisfaction, effective prioritization around growth goals can lead to a spectrum of favorable outcomes. Increased earnings, enhanced trust in relationships, improved confidence, and peace of mind are just a few of the many invigorating outgrowths from a willingness to embrace and cultivate the goals and accomplishments that invigorate us along the journey.
Pleasant responses and encouragement trigger other good feelings as a reward for investing time where it will produce additional benefits. Recalling and tapping into those positive reinforcements helps to create a new series of habits: supporting improvement and growth instead of deferrals. It can take just 21 days of consistent repetition and reinforcement to begin permanently establishing a new habit. In less than a month, the need for that conscious choice in favor of your prioritized goal has simply become the new protocol: status quo.
“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”
~ Napoleon Bonaparte
When we forget reality and assume that ample time will always be available to accomplish and experience all that intrigues us, then we are less inclined to take the necessary steps to move in the direction of our goals. By thinking in terms of the big picture first, we can develop a vision of where we want to go. Then, we can determine the more specific path to reach that destination.
Whether buying a house, pursuing a new job or client, taking a vacation or other special trip, choosing the next vehicle, or deciding where to go to school, each of these milestones deserves some forethought. By taking time to plan, and determining how to reach each milestone in pursuit, we can also savor anticipation along the way as we aproach closer and closer. Then, journey itself also becomes the very rich reward.
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