The Most Precious Resource

The digital clock over my stove. June 2013.

At this moment in my professional life, I’m

  • working hard to rapidly scale FrogDog;
  • preparing to undertake large-scale repurposing at the Eigel Street Twin Flames Properties commercial office building to give it more rentable space; and
  • performing final due diligence on a third business opportunity (that’s looking like a go).

Among many other priorities and commitments. The bullets outline only the high-level items. Yep.

All these activities leave very little time for my personal goals, including that novel draft I mentioned, this blog, the close friends and family I value so highly, health and fitness priorities, and the solitude that, as an introvert, I so desperately need.

Time is our most precious resource.

In the quotidian churn, we easily allow our reticence about declining requests to encroach on how we should best spend our time. Over-committing strings and stresses and, eventually, burns us out.

I’ve created a quarterly recurring Outlook task that prompts me to evaluate my obligations and axe the ones that don’t align with my intention for the short term and my goals for the long term.

My diligence in this area required utter frazzle and exhaustion and two friends’ intervention. They felt serious concern for me. Epiphany of the obvious, thanks to their guidance: I only have so many hours in my day. And in my life. I can say no. I can prioritize based on what I most need and value.

And once I better guarded and apportioned my personal and professional minutes and hours, not only did my mood and attitude and resilience improve, but so did my results.

How do you prioritize your time?

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Reader Comments (3)

To everything there is a time and the most important thing is what is going on right now. Seriously though you have to crack a whip on your priorities or they will end up mastering you rather than aiding you.

I have work, family obligations, friend obligations, and independent time alone. Given half a chance any of these will monopolize my time.

Each gets priority attention at the appointed time. That's not to say that other things can't or don't intrude into those time slots. I have worked weekends and I have had to take time off work for family emergencies. But at its appointed time each gets preference and the others have to make do with the backseat.

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam Pora

Bingo, Will. Sometimes it's hard to stand your ground on time allocation when you need to. Sounds like you've got it down pat, though, and you should congratulate yourself there. Few others do!

June 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterLeslie Farnsworth

I am blessed that I don't have the extreme pressures on me that you have, Leslie. You have so many obligations that really the only way you can manage it all is with the help of these tasking tools and regular self evaluations.

You are blessed that you have friends that care enough to sit down with you and go over your time budget and help you be accountable to that budget. You can indeed say no and you can accomplish much more if you can stick to that time budget.

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam Pora

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