“Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.”
Let me start at the beginning. Part of my early career was as a business consultant. When you hang out your shingle, you get people from all walks of life with a wide range of problems and issues to resolve. People would come in and say they were unhappy with the profitability of their business and wanted ways to fix the problem. They would want a new way to organize their warehouse. Help in rolling out a new product. Suggestions on whether they should buy a specific business. I was asked about a wide range of topics.
I noticed very early on that there was a constant issue for all of my clients; how they managed their time and the value they were getting for the time they were investing. They were all hard workers but the results they were getting were not indicative of the amount of time they were chewing up. Plenty of activity but poor results
It was a universal problem. I started to make notes on every client. With out fail, I would make simple changes to their routines and the results were astounding. It didn’t matter who came or what their initial reason for coming in was, simple changes to their routines brought them large benefits in terms of productivity and what they [...]
“He who chooses the beginning of a road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determine the end.”
-Harry Emerson Fosdick
What does this have to do with Time Management? A lot.
Before you can be effective and really make some positive changes in how you deal with and treat time, you have to be able to see the playing field. You have to not only see the playing field but also know the players, the rules and how the game works.
In this case the game is Time Management, the players are you and everyone and everything that interacts with you and finally, there are no rules, at least not written down ones. It’s a jungle out there and every one of us has to find out where they are in the pecking order.
This brings us to the question, are you a bug or are you the windshield?
Windshields splatter bugs; it’s a simple concept.
Windshields are hard and bugs are soft; no contest, the windshields win every time. It’s an important point to bear in mind. Windshields do not look for bugs to splatter; windshields go on their merry way, minding their own business and if a bug happens to be in its path, splatter. Something else to bear in mind; the only time a windshield splatters a bug is when its moving, unless of course a bug wants to commit suicide and [...]