October is a great month for reflecting! Grant Schneider's interesting challenge Time Management Is Not A Time Management Issue intrigued me - a lot. Why? Because it caused me to pause and think about "Time Management" or lack there of when it comes to 'traditional' ways of thinking about this subject. I haven't used a "time management system" in many years and now I know why, thanks to Grant! I don't need one because it's all about mindset. I remember taking classes over the years teaching time blocking etc etc etc and it just never made a lot of sense to me. And clearly I never put one in place. That does not mean that I'm not organized. I am very organized and have systems in place that keep things flowing along easily - both in my home life and work life.
I am one of those types that knows what I want to create every day - happiness, inspiration and enjoyment - pretty simple yet powerful. I get up and look forward to what the day will bring! I have a general idea of what I want to accomplish but I don't define it in a 'strict sense'. I do let my intuition take me where it leads me and some days I wonder - what the heck is this all about but I trust it will lead me on a path that brings in really interesting ideas or people. And it does. I'm open and aware to possibilities.
For the last 25 years my inspiration has come from the time I spend out hiking for an hour or two most mornings. I walk along, with no thoughts on my mind, sometimes listening to music, being fully aware of the birds singing, the bunnies running and hiding, the gentle breezes, the other hikers....just being in the now moment. And from that now moment comes all kinds of cool inspirations - some business, some not. It all just pops up effortlessly. By the time my walk is over I'm renewed and excited about 'bringing it on'. Whatever 'it' is that day!
When Gary and I were first married he wasn't too sure about my seemingly lack of attention (or so he thought) to conventional 'engineer' thinking. I remember him asking me why I thought it was a good idea to hike for 2 hours rather than getting to the office by 8:00. At first I thought he was joking! I thoughtfully explained that I have a general idea of what I want to create that day, that week, that year and I know it will come about, effortlessly. Well that probably sounds like mumbo jumbo to some folks and that's fine as everybody does what works for them.He soon figured out that things really did work out well for me - and us and he began to trust my intuition. By now he really gets 'it' and follows 'it' himself - a lot! Keep in mind he is an engineer!
I truly have discovered that it 'all' is created when I let things 'flow' rather than trying to force them or 'work' at it. I don't work. I get inspired and then I have fun creating - whatever! And that goes for my whole life - not just business stuff. Just like I sat down to write this post - I really had no idea of what I'd say or where it would go. What I did know is that it would POP out and when it felt right I'd know it. So there you go - that's my so called time managment system - or lack there of!
Time Management VS Inspiration Management