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Time Management, taking time to reflect.

A few years ago, I was reading a blog article in which Rudy Giuliani was being interviewed.  While I found most of his comment irrelevant to my activities at the time, he made one point which caught my attention and over the years has become something that I not only recall almost daily but have internalized.  “Use your time wisely, it’s the one thing you will never get more of.”

Every day we all wake up and get moving.  Some of us have a plan of action, some a task list, some just get things started and let things fall where they may.  For the last few years I’ve focused on the importance of using my time wisely, have become an expert in multi-tasking and even looked for that trait in the employees I’ve hired to be part of my team.

I utilize and desktop planning system that synchs to my phone, a web based project management tool which I can access from any device and very rarely go anywhere without my iPhone and often a pad of paper and pen.  Organized, efficient, and effective… yup… that’s me.  Let’s get going…

Over the Holidays I took some time to catch up on some reading.  I re-read my copy of The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss and his second book The 4 Hour Body.  I reviewed notes on a couple of other books I’ve read Jack Welch’s Winning, Setting the Table by Danny Meyer and Engage by Brian Solis.  Yup.. I spent my time off reading about business.  But I had a goal.  I was on a mission.  I wanted to figure out how to get more out of my time.

From setting up different systems, organizing daily work flows, or even how often you should check your email, EVERYONE had a different idea on how to maximize my workflow.  Initially looking for a specific answer of what to do, my focus quickly changed and I soon found myself with a new perspective.

Just as everyone had a different system for maximizing their time, each had a different definition of what they thought their optimal effectiveness was.  And they were vastly different.  They also all shared three things… Breakfast is too important to ignore. Exercise is essential.  Taking a break, no matter how short or long is a must.  They all had different reasons for each of these… but they all agreed these were valuable.

Four times a month one of our core members is responsible for contributing to this blog. For the past two weeks, I’ve been procrastinating writing my entry on Time Management.  I’m glad I did.  What would have been an article about manipulating a calendar or integrating a software package would have been wasteful for our followers.

While I am not a fan of the typical New Year’s resolutions, I have resolved to look at my time much differently this year.

  • I’m redefining what successful time management and ultimately my personal productivity looks like.
  • I’m taking time for breakfast.
  • I’m heading to the gym on a more frequent basis.
  • I’m taking more breaks.

Most importantly, I’m taking a little bit of my time to reflect on what’s important, what is worth my time, and how I can better use it for those things that matter.

I only have so much time left. How about you?