Jun 132014

It’s been too long since I wrote my last blog, and I’m not sure why. Lately, I keep thinking, “where does my time go, and why I can’t seem to manage it better?” I could give you a list of projects and task that have occupied my time as to why I haven’t written one, but, why bore you with a list.

When my kids were younger, and if they didn’t finish a task or their homework I would ask them why not? Before they could answer, I would give them one of my many “patented phrases” which was, “there are reasons and excuses, before you answer, choose carefully!”

The fact is, I do know where my time goes, I just need to prioritize my time better.

How we choose to spend, use, or waste our time should be an area of concern to each of us. Neither one of us can go back and get an additional hour back if we wasted it. Yesterday is history, tomorrow doesn’t exist, so all we have is right now. So we need to make to best of every minute.

I don’t watch much TV, but If I watch a bad “sitcom” (or most any sitcom for that matter) I always say, “I want that 30 minutes of my life back so I can spend it more productively.”  But you and I both know I can never get that time back. Which is to say I’ve wasted 30 minutes of my precious time watching a bad TV show, and receiving little to no value.

So how do you manage your time? It seems that this is a really big deal! I did a Google search using the phrase “Time Management” and found over 1.6 million results!  I learn from Wikipedia what time management is: Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity.

With that said, I can now assume that there’s another way to look at time, I can manage my time, or my time will manage me.  I would argue that, to some extent, all time needs to have some level of management.  The best way to manage my time should be focused on increasing effectiveness, efficiency and/or productivity. Is that to say, when I allowed time to manage me, was it spent sitting in front of the TV watching a bad sitcom?

How effective, efficient and/or productive can I be watching TV?  I’m sure it depends—not all TV watching is a waste of time, certainly not the U.S. Open Golf Tournament, or most any sporting event for that matter! There is a value to being entertained by the TV. I enjoy the entertainment value the TV offers. Unless I abuse my time by watching hour after hour of TV, it’s not a waste of time.

The real story here is, as the great philosopher Mr. Miyagi from the movie Karate Kid says; “Find – da – Balance”.

As are most things, balance is key to finding happiness.

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