GQ 003 - Mar.14.21
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Real Talk about Time 

You can not manage time. 

I understand why you think you can. Lots of productivity experts talk about time management and claim to have the tips and tricks that will allow you to get more done in less time. 

To manage anything you need to have influence over it.  Managers have an influence over the work of the employees they manage. You manage your home because you have influence over that space.  

You can not manage time because you can not influence time - it ticks on whether you want it to or not at the same rate. Day. After. Day. 

You have the exact same 24 hours as everyone else and no one manages time any better or worse than anyone else.  

What is manageable and what you do have influence over, is always and primarily yourself. Time takes care of itself so direct your attention to your being, your feeling, your actions. This is called radical responsibility and is a core pillar of the Life by Design method.  

As you look ahead to this next week let go of the idea of how much time you have or don’t have and focus on how you want to be. You can decide now the quality of character that you want to cultivate this week and declare it.  Examples are patient, adaptable, creative, hopeful, resourceful, daring, focused, aligned.  Pick something that inspires and feels good for you. Then choose one action that will allow you to embody that quality of character.  

It’s one action. Take responsibility and put it in your calendar. Do it now.
Then follow-through. 
Let me know how it goes. I’d love to hear from you.

On a related note...

I found a short article about the nature of time titled, Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Time. It's written by a physicist but is written for the non-physicist and you are sure to learn something you didn't know. Guaranteed.
NOTE: If you did already know all these things (and hadn't read the article before) please email me and I will snail-mail you a sticker! Not kidding.

In other words...

"How we spend our days, is of course how we spend our lives" 
- Annie Dillard

"Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time"
- Marthe Troly-Curtin

A good question...

If time were a person, how would I want my
relationship with it to be? 

Happy Sunday!
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