Time Management: Ticking Away
Time Management: Ticking Away.
Age Calculator and what it really shows: Time Management: Ticking Away
Here is what it said:
First of all, it told me that I am way over the hill! It did so in Big, Bold, Blue numbers! And to think, blue use to be my favorite color. When you consider that the median age is currently 38, I am way over the hump.
However, after thinking about that number, I have decided that it really is not the number that matters. It is true. Age is only a number. What matters, is what I did with those 60 years, 2 weeks, and 4 days that have passed me by.
As I manage my life in blocks of time, I found myself reflecting on just what these numbers mean. To begin with, I measure my success by the year. Did my plans work? Were the things I worked to accomplish effective. Did I make a positive impact on those around me? Did I step closer to my dreams?
I have had 60 years to measure this. Was I always successful? Absolutely not! There are many things life throws at you that get in the way. However, these are the times of reflection. The times to regroup and begin a new year with new strategies to better the next years measure.
This is the time to set new targets. Targets focused on growth and impact, and the effectiveness measured in numbers. These targets should include annual income, personal growth, business growth, community and social impact, among many others.
Next, I gage my progress by the month. The Age Calculator tells me I have had 720 of them to measure. Since it takes 30 days to make a habit, this is the best measure of how I am doing, and what changes I need to make my impact work.
For me, these are like the innings in a 12 period game. Each month, I go back to the locker room and ask some tough questions. Did I move the ball forward, or did I lose yardage. What am I going to change to make it back.
The good news is, while I have had 720 periods, only the current 12 count! I will only focus on what habits I can work on this month to change the score to a win at the end of the game.
Of course this means I MUST KEEP SCORE! These are the measures of both numbers and most important, activities needed to gain ground.
I plan my schedule by the week. Here is where the rubber meets the road. The calculator says I have been granted 3,133 weeks to stack the deck in my favor. Have I booked enough appointments to guarantee my success? Were these the RIGHT appointments or were they fillers that would only sabotage my dreams and efforts? Did I fill a calendar spot with a person who had a problem I could solve in relation to my mission?
Each day is a chance to start a new! Mr. calculator slapped me in the face with this one. Do you think with 21,933 opportunities I could be at the point where I could always get this right? Not by a long shot! There are still days where my bad habits set in. Days where I get no exercise, don’t start with meditation, skip the day planner habit, spend the client facing hours doing busy work, ect.
Days should be built upon habits and blocks of activities. A good sign is to accomplish those activities you like the least first! I need to stick to the daily habits or routines that I have determined to be most important first.
Hours are the plays in our game. I put my head down, focus, and give each hour my all. Here we find the glory. “That was a great appointment.” “I really solved that person’s problem.” “I made some great appointments.” You get the picture.
Every hour, I have the chance to get it right. In fact, I have had 526,392 hours to get it right. Over half a million chances in fact. Therein lies the problem. It is such a large number that one hour just doesn’t seem to matter. Nothing could be farther than the truth. Seeing as how I plan for 8 hours, I have 16 more hours that I can use to run another play if I have a bad one.
The calculator points out that I have had 31,583,520 minutes. 31 million!!! Who cares about a couple here and there. I do! This seems so insignificant, that it is where the mindset wavers. Minutes can rob us of our focus, and destroy our habits. It is NOT just a quick text or email, or story at the coffee machine. In my case it is millions of distractors trying to keep me from doing what is most important first.
The Life Expectancy Calculator tells me I have 22 years left. I need to really make them count!
The most important part is not what has passed, but what lies ahead. My life now is about making a difference in the lives of others. As we get older, the hours increase in value as scarcity begins to highlight.
Think you are too old to make a difference? Do you think you have no value and just don’t matter? Guess again. I have learned a tremendous amount over my life. I can proudly say I have almost 2 BILLION seconds of experience. Experience, Knowledge, and Wisdom are what truly matters!
Time Management: Ticking Away