During this time of the year we tend to get caught up in the hustle and bustle that surrounds us. It’s not only the end of the quarter but also the year, which makes it even more imperative to tie up loose ends and meet those last, remaining deadlines. For some it seems that the last few weeks of the year tend to be the most stressful—and that’s why I’m writing this blog. When things are most hectic, it is the right time to step back, take a deep breath, and set aside some time to just think.
Yes, think. When you are stressed and trying to do too many things at one time, it really does make sense to take a moment and really think about what you’re doing. Prioritize. Are you doing things that seem urgent but really aren’t that important?
Don’t be in such a rush to just “do.” I believe if we spend more time planning what we want to do, it will take less time to do it and we’ll do it better, more effectively, and more efficiently.
I recall reading a while ago that Berkshire Hathaway’s CEO Warren Buffett insists on devoting a lot of his time at work to sitting and thinking. He credits this approach with helping him make deliberate and less impulsive decisions. Obviously, this has worked well for Buffett who routinely makes Forbes’ list of the wealthiest individuals.
If it works so well for Buffett, it just might be worthwhile to consider how well this could work for us. I certainly understand that the end of the quarter and the year combined with holiday celebrations can be very challenging in terms of time management, but perhaps that is even more reason to stop and think about what we are doing—what we absolutely need to do now and what can wait for the new year.
I recall watching a recorded presentation by Randy Pausch who gained recognition for his book and presentation that share the same title: The Last Lecture. Some points that he made about time management struck a cord and have stuck with me:
• We should manage time like we manage money.
• Being successful doesn’t make you manage your time well but managing your time well makes you successful.
• Life is too short not to have fun.
That first point really resonated with me. Most of us struggle with just how finite time is. Especially when we’re young, we think we’ll have time to do what we want to do “later”. And before you know it, it is “later”, or in some cases, “later” has passed us by.
To ensure this doesn’t happen to you, make a list of priorities of what you must do and also what you want to do. There are “must do’s” that we absolutely have to do. And make sure not to neglect the “want to do’s” as these will make you happy and in many cases, improve the quality of your life and those who share that life with you.
Life is too short not to have fun. Think about what you really enjoy doing and make sure to put those activities or events on your calendar. Doing so will most likely help you be more successful—and it will definitely help you enjoy the journey more.
I and all of the great people at Delta Point wish you and yours a joyous holiday season and a 2016 filled with great health, great joy, and great prosperity—and fun!