This was first posted in December 2017
Wow, dear readers 2017 is nearly over and it is that time of the year, you know, Hanukka, Bhodi Day, Yule, Christmas… . No matter if you are following any religious holidays or if you just have to deal with year-end stuff: December is always a busy month and this article by Randy Ingermanson fits perfectly in my opinion.
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Organization: The Luxury of Not Enough Time
When you don’t have enough time to do everything you want to do in life:
- You have a good reason to cut out the less-important stuff in your life without feeling one bit guilty.
- Which forces you to think about what actually matters to you and what actually doesn’t.
- And leads you to make a conscious decision about how much time you’ll spend on each of the things that actually matter, even though none of them will get “enough.”
- But that means when you finally get a chance to start working on each thing that actually matters, you’ll be desperately eager to get rolling because you know you can’t waste a second because you’ve only got so many minutes today that you can do this thing that you care about so much.
- And it ensures that when each time slot is up for the day, you’ll be thinking “I wish I had ten more minutes because I didn’t have all the time I wanted today,” instead of “I sure hated that last ten minutes because I had too much time on my hands today.”
- Which means you’ll be ending every single time slot in your day “wanting more,” rather than ending it “wanting less,” which is probably the best way to stay excited day after day after day about the things that really matter most in your life.
- And it also means that every day when you wake up, you’ll be gung ho to get rolling on all the cool and amazing things you can do today in the limited time you have to do them.
- Which is not a bad way to live your life.
- And that means that not having enough time is a luxury that makes your life better, not worse.
You don’t have enough time for everything you want to do in life.
I don’t have enough time for everything I want to do in life.
Aren’t we lucky?