Who can forget the I Love Lucy episode when Lucy and Ethel were workijng on an assembly line at a chocolate factory? They both start out at a slow pace, wrapping candy one at a time as each piece slowly apears before them on a conveyor belt. Before they know it, the candies begin coming to them at an upcontrollable speed and they can't keep up. they were overwhelmed by everything coming to them at warp speed. Time was definitely not on their side.
Ever have days like that when 24 hours don't seem to be enough time? Time is one of our most precious resources. Time is perishable, it is irreplaceable, and it cannot be saved. All work requires time, and time is absolutely essential for the important relationships in our lives. The very act of taking a moment to think about your time before you spend it will begin to improve your personal time management immediately.
One of the biggest robbers of time is the phone. Be it cellular, office or home, our phones seem to control a great deal of our precious time. And why? Because when we answer our phone, everything comes to a screeching halt. Whether at home, at the office or grocery shopping. our lives are constantly interrupted by Ma Bell with a myriad of bad song interpretations played by a one-piece band from deep inside women's purses, or strapped like a six-shooter holstered to a man's hip. Regardless of where we are, technology is definitely speeding up our conveyor belt of life.
We need to step back, take time out, and re-evaluate our lives!
With all good intentions, people around us tend to put their own problems on our shoulders. When your life comes to a halt by someone who feels their world is on fire, more often than not, they're merely blowing smoke. Set a certain period of time during your day to return calls. Have the message on your answering machine, or ask your assistnt to inform callers that you aren't available at the moment, but you wlll be returning phone calls at a certain time of the day. This has proven to be an enormous time saver.
Because we spend inordinate amounts of time traveling to and fro, dining, watching TV, reading, sending emails, going to movies, shopping, and many other activities, we tend to overlook the valuable time we waste.
It's time to protect our time.
from a Buffini CAP mailing