In a previous post, The Productivity Gap: Analyzing the Root Cause, I talked about two possible reasons why I wasn’t being productive when I had to be, the first being the fact that I created a to-do list that overwhelmed me to the point of freezing my creativity and my overall ability to start writing and beat my self-assigned deadlines.
Aside from my full-time job, at that time, I was taking on freelancing work that took up most of my “free” time, wrenching my freedom away from my grasp, as a result, and bombarding me with more work than I could possibly take on alone.
Life management and how we utilize our time
Enter Ron Lacson, an awesome and talented friend blogger from Journey to Liberty, and his equally awesome comment that prompted me to write this post:
My mother used to say that our greatest ally while we are still walking on this planet is … time. That’s the intent behind the word lifetime – life and time – they go together as partners until we cease to breath.
Unsuitably, many of us fail to capitalize on their partnership. Either we go with life without respect for time, or we spend so much time without regards to what is important in life.
I used to be a fan of Time Management, but again, as you said, not many people improve their skill in applying it (I’m no exception). The word ‘lifetime’ has both the words ‘life’ and ‘time’ in it, but life is written first.
So I tend to believe that if we manage our life first, managing our time is an auto result. I would then go for Life Management anytime.
I like the way you wrote ‘Deadlines be damned!’ (I keep smiling when I read it.) You’re not alone in this. Deadlines are such nerve-wrecking ingredients in our daily lives.
But I won’t worry about the nitty-gritty details of our hourly or daily activities. As long as we keep ourselves focused on the bigger pictures (the grandeur of our goals in the future), then our ride and journey to the path we choose will be enjoyable.
Just awesome, isn’t it?
This blog post, as a matter of fact, has long been overdue. But as they say, better late than never, right?
Thanks to Ron and his ability to write comments that are more valuable than the post itself, I found myself taking a step back and analyzing my usage of time and management of life – life with my family, friends and my colleagues at work, be that in my full-time job or my freelancing endeavors.
Indeed, a lot of us find ourselves lost in the details of our daily lives that we end up forgetting to look at the overall picture – the fact that time and life are tied together, to borrow Ron’s words.
Because of our preoccupation with the inconsequential, we blur our vision of the things that really matter and sacrifice more than we care to admit in favor of those that we can live without.
And yes, I’m no exception.
But of course, it’s never too late to change tack.
Thank goodness for friends who care
At about the same time the Productivity Gap blog post was written, a client of mine had asked me to write an article to be published in his blog. The post found itself in the mediocre scale. Even I was aware of that, and my good sense had screamed that I rewrite the article.
My stubbornness, however, propelled me to click on the Send button so I could move on to write some more for another client. For the first time in our one-plus years of working history together, he had asked that I rewrite it.
I had to apologize, and I somehow found myself explaining that I had taken on more freelancing work than I was supposed to, leaving me rattled and sleepless more than ever. His advice? Gather myself together and remember my priorities, which he good-naturedly spelled out for me:
- Full-time job
- Freelancing gigs
[If you’re reading this, thanks, D. :)]
There may only be 24 hours in a day, but if we really make the most of those 24 hours, there are a lot of things we can do. However, just like Ron’s comment had pointed out, it’s either we go with life without respect for time, or we spend so much time without regards to what is important in life.
Whichever is the case, the choice rests solely on our shoulders. But of course, we can also choose both life and time to create a lifetime worth living.
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