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where does the time go …

“Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”
M. Scott Peck

Are you being robbed?    Most people are being robbed of time.   Time bandits steal chunks of the day away from you in many ways.  Some are disguised and others are very noticeable.   What are the time thieves in your life?

Some people are easily distracted by email, by the news, weather, or a simple game.   Before long a good chunk of time has been removed from your day and once it is gone there is nothing you can do to bring it back.   The best you can do is optimize what remaining time you have in your day and make the best of it.

To make the most out of your time look at the value of your time and the satisfaction that the time brings.   For example something could have of high value (paying bills) and low on satisfaction.   There are things that we must do that aren’t very satisfying and there are very satisfying things that we do that are of low value (watching TV ).

Take a look at your day and write down all the things you did, all of them and then rate them in terms of value. ( 1 = Low and 10 = high).   Then rate them based on satisfaction (1 = Low, 10 = High).    Take the two numbers and multiply them together.    What tasks produced the highest numbers?   Those would be things with high value and high satisfaction.     What are you doing that has both high value and high satisfaction?    How much time are you doing those things?   Are they the focus of your day or not?

What tasks are low value and low satisfaction?    Should you be doing those things?    If low value, low satisfaction tasks are removed from your day that gives you more time to do high value and high satisfaction activities.

More and more people are desiring to get more out of each day.  To do that the focus should be on doing things that have both high value and high satisfaction.   What do you think?

What is of  high value and high satisfaction for you?   Write those things down.  Are you doing them?   What is stopping you?

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”   John Wooden

information overload

Never before has there been so much change.   People consumed about 34gigabytes of data per day.   That is a lot of data to absorb and make sense of.  It is no wonder that people can’t remember the things they want to, there is just too much data coming at them in too short of a period of time.  We grab at pieces of information and add it to something else to make something up that isn’t true at all.

Information overload from twitter,Facebook, news, and other sources of fast moving information can quickly turn into time that isn’t spent in the best possible way.   What gets neglected when social mediastreams are being reviewed and responded upon?       One organization reports that information overload is costing the economy billions in lost revenue.

If you find yourself out of time to do things that you need to do, ask yourself where is my time being spent?  Is it being spent sifting through endless emails, updating facebook, tweeting, or searching for “something” out there in the internet space?

Take some time off – stop – reflect in the quiet, in the peace of a moment without any incoming data.  Listen to the silence even for five minutes a day and let your brain and body synchronize with the world.  Find peace in life rather than trying to fill every moment of life with information.