Sunday, December 09, 2007

They Get it All

It’s a rather obvious, well documented, fact that there are twenty-four hours in any given day. Twenty-four hours with which you can perform any number of finite tasks. It appears that some people are more efficient with their time than others. Millions of dollars have been made by enterprising persons who have figured out how to market time management plans. Though the plans are thorough, and are often full of great advice, they don’t often scale. Personal time management seems to be just that. Personal. Everybody has their own rhythm. Things that work for one, don’t always work for another. Yet, people who’ve figured it out seem to have everything going for them. You know the type. They’re the ones who get in a physical workout every day, they fulfill all of their religious commitments, they have full and happy social lives, they are successful in the work environment and it appears that they always have time to do anything that happens to come their way. Not only are they always able to achieve what appears to be the impossible, but they are very positive people. It’s pleasant to be around them.

I’ve wondered about these people from time to time. Who am I kidding? I’d like to be one of them. When asked these achievers often shrug it off and say something about making time for the things that are most important. It seems to come down to prioritization and the attitude with which one uses their twenty-four hours.

Irish Novelist Maria Edgeworth said: (thanks Google)
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy."

From being so concerned with work that there is no fun, to spending too much time with life’s indulgences. Neither is ideal. The real answer to appropriate time allocation has as much to do with balance as anything else. Doing the right thing. At the right time. For the right reasons.

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