There are 31,557,600 seconds in a year or 525,960 minutes or 8,766 hours. We are all granted the exact same amount of seconds, minutes, and hours in a given year. No one receives more, no one receives less. Yet some manage to DO more with their allotted moments than others. Why? How?
Yes, there are very effective time management techniques and strategies (see “First Things First” by Stephen R. Covey and “Connections” by Roger Merrill) but at the end of the day, getting things done, getting the right things done, is more about ENERGY management than time management. We all have down time when our energy banks feel depleted and we end up filling our time with mindless tasks. How to be our best selves more often? While physical fitness and good nutrition are important facets of creating a wellspring of good energy at your center, motivation is fundamental. So easy when we want to, so hard when we don’t.
Self-management is a key component to creating steady, sustainable motivation. Have the self-awareness to know your triggers, to create the environments and associate with the folks that guide you toward greatness. Studies show that folks that seem to have great self-discipline are actually only a little better than average at resisting temptation; where they excel is in AVOIDING temptation i.e. they only have nutritious food in their fridge, they avoid fast food joints, they hang out with active people who exercise etc. etc. etc.
“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” – Aristotle
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Energy is equal to desire and purpose.” – Sheryl Adams
“And what is a man without energy? Nothing – nothing at all.” – Mark Twain
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier