Get Some White Space into Your life
What is White Space?
White spaces are the areas you should have in your Day Planner that are left blank, on purpose. These white spaces are times that you have allocated, in advance, when you have the chance to do the activities that really matter to you. In most cases, white space is prioritized to give us a break from the day-to-day grind.
How Important is White Space?
Without white space, I can 99% guarantee that you are simply not going to be as effective as you should be. You will not be as energized and as sharp as you need to be, and finally, are just not going to be a happy camper.
- Without organized, planned and prioritized time off, it’s only a matter of time before you just get ground down, worn out and perhaps stressed out to a point where you are just not going to be much good to anyone, especially yourself.
- Yes, you need to prioritize time off, time to recharge your emotional and physical being
- Don’t underestimate the value of making sure your white space is planned, in advance. The value of being able to look forward to time off in the future, adds to the overall benefit.
What are the Consequences of Diminishing Returns?
The experts say we are only capable of peak maximum effort for less than 2 hours a day.
WOW, that is pretty low, or is it?
When I am focused, have a game plan, have properly prioritized, I can accomplish an impressive amount in less than 2 hours.
The truth be known, I know a great many people who would be very happy to be able to accomplish 2 hours of focused directed prioritized work every day.
Where we run into problems are the days when we are just not firing on all cylinders, are plugging away at tasks and jobs and regardless of how hard we are pushing, our output is dropping and dropping.
Yes, we need to hammer away as much as we can, but there is a point where the scales start to tip in the other direction, an hour’s effort does not equal an hours results. When we start to have days, weeks perhaps, where it’s apparent that the tank is on empty, has been for some time, it makes zero sense to keep pressing the accelerator to the metal.
My Own Worse Offender
I can claim to be one of the many that despite the evidence, I would still keep hammering away, even when the results, the lack of results , indicated that it was time to step back, regroup, recharge the batteries and engage another day.
“Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream.”
Steve Jobs, Hugh Heffner, among others
Have a great day,