clarity

I’ve been posting to my blog since September 2013, but this year, mid-way through the summer, I felt I was running out of creative steam. So I decided to take a temporary break, and recoup my creative energy.

It’s incredible what happens when we decide to step away from something. Even if it’s what we love to do. New ideas come up, there is time for them to gel, and time to try new things. For me, out of this break came a new 10 part series, entitled Time: foe or friend?

In each post, I will debunk one myth about time. And some of them may be things you hold (and that I once too held) sacred. So I’d love your feedback after each post.

Introduction

Most people, like you and me, seem or are pressed for time. This time pressure is a leading cause of stress. Do you feel stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, all the time or occasionally?

The reality is that we all have a 24/7/365 schedule for X number of years, before life ends.

So instead of fighting this reality, what if we could embrace it, and make time our best friend? What could change with this new perspective?

You get to decide that for yourself as you implement the powerful takeaways in this multi-part series where I will examine a total of 10 myths.

I hope the time between each short article will allow you an opportunity to implement the takeaways, so that gradually, your stress goes down while your productivity goes up.

What I suggest will likely seem counter-intuitive. But the suggestions are born out of my own struggle to stop being a workaholic who almost lost it all (health, wealth, key relationships and spirituality), until I reframed my relationship with time. Since doing so, I’ve halved the time I spend working, while doubling what I achieve (so a 400% productivity gain), accomplishing more every year. All while reducing my stress levels dramatically.

Many others who’ve adopted this thinking have also seen huge stress reduction, increased productivity and deeper happiness and peace.

Join me on this journey to make time your best friend, not your foe.

Myth 1: I don’t have enough time

We all have the same time each day, week, month and year. Time is a diminishing resource as well.

How we view time and what we use it for, is key.

Ask yourself: Do I have a clear sense of purpose for my life, and clear short and medium term goals for myself? Not JUST for work, but for LIFE too? This framework is essential to how you use your time, and how stressed or otherwise you feel.

So start by shifting your perspective to: I have all the time in the world to do all the things that are REALLY important to me.

Then the work you need to do is to develop a clear (or clearer) life purpose, three to four 20 year huge goals that concretize your overall life purpose, and 5 to 8 three year goals to cover every key area of your life. We all need to plan our lives to achieve what we really want in life.

Writing your obituary is a great way to get started, as it will help you clarify what you want to be remembered for, and what meaning you want your life to have had. You can then work backwards to develop 20 year and 3 year goals.

Over the next little while, take the time to adopt a new perspective: I have all the time in the world to do all the things that are REALLY important to me.

Write your obituary and then 20 year and 3 year goals that are as specific as possible that lead you to the dreams you’d like to see listed in your obituary.

Start taking pleasure in everything you do. But also ask yourself WHY you are doing what you do. How does it tie into your 3 year goals or overall life plan? How will it help you fulfill the powerful obituary you have written? What do you need to STOP doing?

Next, I will debunk the myth that we can do everything.