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Squeeze more life out of time

There’s no mystery here. It’s simply a matter of the physics of time. There are only so many hours in a day and days in a year. Time is a standard metric for everyone (at least until time machines are invented).

But the greatest defining factor of productivity and fulfillment is how we spend the limited time we have. No, this is not a matter of living life in “top gear” 100% of the time; it’s a matter living life “engaged” as much as possible. Quite simply, this means maximizing time spent doing things that make you feel alive. It’s been said many times before: life is too short and too long to spend it doing too many things you don’t like to do.

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Slaying Dragons. Be right back.

Life is full of challenges. If you have big dreams, they will never cease. This is why we must be:

Willing to confront them and act quickly because life’s monsters always become bigger when you try to avoid them. Slay the monsters when they’re small.
Willing to get down to business and let people know you’ll be busy for a little while.
Careful not to take them all too seriously.

Nothing groundbreaking here, I know, just important to remember.

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Sleepwalking is a crime.

Of course, this has nothing to do with a nighttime sleep-disorder. However, it does have everything to do with mental daytime vacancy. The number of people who mindlessly navigate through life is staggering — especially at work. The imaginary switch on their back is permanently lodged in the off position. Not surprisingly this stifles productivity, creativity, motivation, passion, happiness, and the list goes on.

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Starting is cheap. Inaction is expensive.

Too often I hear people complain about the roadblocks of taking action. For most, these challenges are the greatest barriers to getting started. They say that the cost of initiation is expensive. “It takes a lot of money,” they say. “As well as time, and energy, and countless other resources.”

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The time is NOW

In Western culture, the ‘rush hour’ has turned into the ‘rushed lifestyle.’ Too many people are busy looking only to their next appointment or reminiscing about past times.

The challenge is learning how find the place in between: the present.

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Get around to it

It’s amazing how clever we can be when dreaming up justifications to delay action, but eventually, life goes full circle. And we either reap the rewards or get bitten in the butt. The people who remain the most productive and fulfilled are those who tighten the loop; those who shorten the circuit between necessary action and follow-through. What have you been delaying? Now is a good time to get around to it. Image code: GETAROUND2IT

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Adventure matters more than efficiency

Peak efficiency is an admirable goal. After all, who wants to squander time, energy, and other resources when such waste can be avoided? My personal quest for efficiency has served me well; allowing me to do more than I ever thought possible.  But I have learned that such a quest also requires a word of…

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Energy management trumps time management

It’s a very well known fact: There are only 24 hours in a day. This, of course, is a fixed limitation. Naturally, time management tends to take center stage for those seeking to become more productive. This is understandable and worthwhile, but also somewhat myopic because no matter what strategy takes hold, time still passes….

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Limits don’t set themselves

Someone must draw the line in the sand. But in fear of offending another, or being afraid of letting go of a past routine/habit, or denying there is a problem, we carry on with our daily hustle, avoiding confrontation and setting new limits. Too often we overcommit in the name of overachieving and then overlook…

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Time is free, yet absolutely priceless

Assume, at the end of today, you had to invoice yourself for the tasks and activities you completed. What’s the grand total? The hourly rate? Most people struggle to answer these questions because the majority has no idea what their time is worth – they allow others  to decide for them.   Of course, this only…

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