by Geri Mason,
How many hours a day do we spend thinking about what we are going to do on other days? I know I spend a huge amount of my time not only thinking about, but also preparing for things to come. It’s all a part of business. You have to prepare. The problem arises when we don’t know how to enjoy the present moment enough to have good memories of what transpired. In order for our lives to be balanced, we need to allow a certain amount of time for all areas, including work, play, reading, social media, and watching television. For me the balance also includes writing, because that is such a major part of who I am. Then there are a few things that I do without any consideration of how long it takes. For example, when I cook and clean I allow myself as much time as I need. Those are the two areas of my life where I am so motivated that I don’t care how long it takes. Once I decide that something needs cleaning, or I want a certain meal, then the time clock shuts off. I don’t stop until the job is done.
From a business perspective we must learn to balance our time so that we are not overwhelmed with the ins and outs of the business. Organization is so critical when it comes to time management. Start your day knowing that you will NOT get everything done on your list. That way you won’t be disappointed when you have to transfer things to the next day. Also, it is so easy to run ourselves in the ground trying to be on top of the latest trend. It doesn’t make sense to join Twitter if you can barely manage Facebook and LinkedIn. I know, because I did that. It lasted about a week before I decided that Twitter is not a necessary medium for what I want to accomplish right now. You need to know yourself and your business well enough, to make the right decision for your current situation and knowledge level. Just because all your network friends have joined Twitter does not mean you are ready for it. Do what you are good at until you are ready to learn a new task. When the time is right no one will be able to stop you from learning. We all need to learn how to be present and here at the same time. It can be so rewarding.