I am currently in the process of reading “Success One Day At A Time” by John Maxwell for the second time. This masterpiece of a book contains so much awesome information that reading it once was not enough. If you are like me, we find ourselves having difficulty focusing effectively on any one venture due to being interested in a wide variety of things. This situation so to speak has been coined as the “dilemma of the Renaissance Man.”
One can also say that there is no such thing as time management but rather activity management. I myself tend to agree with this philosophy but I can see how both outlooks are valid.
In order to achieve the results we seek (whatever those results may be), it is of paramount importance that the proper actions be applied. With the greater magnitude of proper action that gets applied for any given amount of time (hence the intensity of the action); this will determine the likelihood of how soon the desired results come to fruition.
So is there a general philosophy that can be applied by anyone who seeks to attain better use of their time? I like to think that there is. Please allow me to share with you a list of principles (all courtesy of Mr. Maxwell) that may prove helpful to you should you find yourself wondering whether or not your time is being put to high-value use:
- Things that advance your overall life purpose.
- Things that you have always wanted to do (skydiving and flying here I come!).
- Things that others say can’t be done (always fun to say “Told you so!”).
- Things that help you grow to your maximum potential.
- Things that develop other people’s ability to achieve and lead.
- Things that multiply – rather than merely add- value to yourself and others.
- Things that harness your creativity.
- Things you can delegate to others (I am a big time fan of this one!).
- Things that promote teamwork and synergy.
- Things that are now or never opportunities (I myself always encourage a “look before you leap” philosophy when appropriate but if your inner self says go for it; by all means do so).