Can you account for your time? Are you a procrastinator? Do you like to get things done or waste time and don’t know you are wasting time? Are you the kind of person who can be held accountable for your own life? Do you sit, stand or lie down talking on the phone for hours and hours, gossiping and talking about insignificant things? Are you a workaholic? If you move forward in your life and years later discover that you have just wasted a big chunk of your life by wasting time. People who prosper in life don’t waste time. Every minute counts 24/7. Their lives run on a time table. Sure, there will be distractions, some of which are major. There could be family or job disturbances and other things that happen. In extreme cases there are cosmic disturbances, like earthquakes, tornadoes, floods and other catastrophic occurrences. The wonderful thing about life is that we can be resilient. We’re tough and “come back.”
Realistically, most everybody has some kind of negative circumstance. Fortunately, some persons situations are not as extreme as others. If we can avoid life upsets [and some are avoidable], we are aware to be alert and not fall into problems which may be preventable. Don’t bring trouble on yourself. Using wisdom and well thought out decisions can help to avoid making the same mistake over and over. Some individuals think if they make the same choice over and over and have the same negative results, things will change; not recognizing the need to approach the problem from a different angle. Consider how important it is to contemplate choices before making them. It’s a waste of time to make bad decisions repeatedly. One should learn from not so good choices and use the outcome as a stepping stone to improve life. On the point of wasting time, use those unscheduled times to accomplish small tasks that are important and necessary. Use time wisely. Time is space occupation and organization. Disorganized people waste time. Clean up behind yourself rather than waiting until things pile up. It takes more time to straighten out a mess. That requires more mental organization. Jones Loflin, a time management expert shares these tips: *Recognizing the false sense of security that comes from trying to get it ALL done *Taking more conscious control of your time and energy *Developing a daily schedule and routine that proactively addresses your highest priorities *Managing the deluge of distractions and interruptions that are constantly trying to derail your productivity *Working more efficiently with others toward a common goal *Improving your reserves of physical, mental, and emotional energy to meet the daily demands being placed on you professionally and personally. You can do it!
Jeanette Grattan Parker is Superintendent-Founder of Today’s Fresh Start Charter School 4514 Crenshaw Boulevard, LA 90043 323-293-9826 “Ask Dr. Jeanette” [email protected] [email protected] Writings are copyright “Inquiring Minds Want To Know” “Will You Marry Me?” author, artist, marriage expert (50years+) educator. Loving it!