“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” Michael Altshuler
Yesterday I wrote about Why I Go to Bed at 8:00 and apparently I raised quite a few eyebrows. Several people asked me to provide more details as to how I schedule my days and how I use my time. So as a blogger of course I am happy to share.
But let me preface it by saying that there is no right way to schedule your time or a right time that everyone should sleep and wake up. I’ll share what’s worked for me but please realize that – as my wife always tells me – there’s no one else in the world like me.
So here goes - my top 3 principles when it comes to staying on a schedule. Read More
A familiar scenario for most people: the alarm clock goes off. You set it early this morning because you have so much to do and you really need to get a head start on the day.
You know the importance of starting your day with some quiet time with God and you’ve seen the fruit of that when you’ve been consistent with it. You also made that resolution to exercise and you really want to get back into shape. Add on top of that the ever-increasing demands of your job and your need to get in early and get some work done before the chaos of the day ensues. Bottom line: YOU NEED TO GET UP EARLY TODAY.
But despite all those reasons, 9 out of 10 times you end up doing the same thing…SNOOZE!
And you continue to hit the snooze button – every 9 minutes if your clock is like mine – the whole time calculating in your head what you can cut out of your morning routine in order to get some more rest (if I don’t eat breakfast I can sleep for another 3.5 minutes). Sound familiar? Read More
A simple concept that will transform your life – if you learn to live by it daily. No one other concept is more important to the idea of “time management,” and more importantly “life management,” than this.
Here is a video by Dr. Stephen Covey which illustrates the concept of BIG ROCKS FIRST. The video is about 6 minutes long but trust me, it's well worth watching. The visual illustration is much more powerful than any words can say and it will stick much longer too.
After you watch the video, consider what are the BIG ROCKS in your life? Part of living intentionally means realizing that not all tasks were created equal. The appropriate question to ask is not “did I get stuff done today?” but rather “did I get the important stuff done today?” Like I said yesterday, the issue isn’t working harder; the issue is how to work smarter and focus on the important tasks that really need my attention. Read More