Clearing the way

June 2, 2013

Cleaning products For many, it seems, the greatest difficulty is neither setting goals nor putting into a workable process the steps needed to bring them into being. The problem concerns clearing the way to set aside quality time for the project.

Clearing the way might not even be the issue. We could have blocked off a few hours only to discover other assignments have been reorganized causing potential changes to our day… Of course the value of saying no to unfair requests on our time has been expressed here before, for example in the blog post ‘Expressing Priorities‘ (click here to read).

So what’s to be done? Clearing the way again could get us back to our original position without offering any guarantees of us actually starting the desired tasks. The answer might be found in the title of Pema Chödrön’s 1994 book Start where you are. Or as Walt Disney put it: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

To share your thoughts on the issue of clearing the way, managing time efficiently, please leave a comment below.

All the best.


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May 24, 2010

Expressing Priorities

I love the simplicity and directness of the Gandhi quotation “action expresses priorities.”

We can talk about what we want to do, we can even list the items and ponder them for ages. Yet nothing gets done until we do it. If asked, we could state what our priorities are for today. Could we however claim to have undertaken those of yesterday, or the day before? Hopefully yes.

Keeping priorities in mind helps focus attention on our objectives. Yet fighting the temptation to open e-mails as soon as they arrive, ignore a ringing telephone or leave interesting but not important requests from colleagues until a more appropriate time takes discipline and will-power.

Saying no to certain matters may seem like hard work. An alternative strategy is to deal with things as they crop up, swimming our way through the sea of urgent demands on our time by those around us. If we opt for this strategy, however, we can’t complain when we reach the end of the day and discover we haven’t achieved everything we had intended to do. The choice is ours, as always.

Breaking the day down into blocks of time and allocating certain moments for specific items or actions might be a step forward for some in the ‘battle’ to maximize our time. Likewise, remembering the purpose of our priorities could provide the determination to complete our chosen tasks, as, when and how we decide.

Time management, or time leadership as it is known in certain circles, involves many ideas, tips, suggestions and hints. If you have any particular methods you’d like to share here, or indeed any thoughts concerning this subject, I’d love to hear from you.

Happy implementation of your objectives!


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