Monday, September 12, 2016

Do you need more time or more energy?

The other day I read an article by someone that advocated that we all get caught up in time management when we should be focused on energy management.

Her point was we all have the same amount of time.  But, some people focus their energies on different things.  Which is not time management or energy management. What's the difference?

We are all subject to the time restraint of 24 hours.  It doesn't matter if you are rich, poor, smart, stupid, beautiful or ugly.  We all get 24 hours.

Now, if you don't have the energy to use the 24 hours well, that is a health issue.  That is diet, exercise and rest.  And, you have to work that into the 24 hours too.  But, good choices in this area will allow you to better use your 24 hours than another person who is less healthy than you.

So, your relatively healthy and you still don't feel like you have enough time? Maybe there is some time you can take back from your day. Take a look at the time wasted in your day.

Mindless TV and internet trolling are big ones.  Gossip, complaining and other useless chit-chat use up time and usually get nothing or very little accomplished.  None of these things adds value. Get rid of those.

Now you should have enough time, right?  Maybe not.

Two careers, a house to manage, kids and all their activities become the treadmill that runs your life.  Or, so it seems.  And, you still can't get to everything.

I don't think it is time management or energy management.  Many of us are balancing a lot of stuff and getting it done.  But, it just doesn't feel that way.

I read somewhere else that it is priority management.  It is making sure that you get to the most important things in the moment.  And, priorities can change moment to moment.  Just ask any parent whose kid just threw up in their car.

You just have to manage what you make a priority.  Make sure it is important.  And, to make this all work we must get comfortable with the idea that we will never get it all done.  There will always something left to do.

Just do your best....

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