"What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know."
--- Saint Augustine
The common theme among most everyone in business today, no… in life today is "there just isn't enough time." We always run out of time and the more we try to take off of the plate to create time, the more it fills up.
"You don't get time, you make time"
Thankfully, the "I'm so busy" fad is wearing off. You are no longer seen as successful when you can't return phone calls, meet friends for dinner or a movie. In fact, the pendulum is swinging toward more free time, more leisure and fewer things to do.
"The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is."
--- C.S. Lewis
Since we are all given the same amount of time in a day, how we spend it is up to us. Of course, there is the business, the family and the fun, but setting aside time for doing nothing but nothing is rare. We need to have the non-television time for resting our hardrives and downloading our systems.
"Part of the issue of achievement is to be able to set realistic goals, but that's one of the hardest things to do because you don't always know exactly where you're going, and you shouldn't."
--- George Lucas
Finding time for creation and just pure, uninterrupted thinking is difficult these days. If you take a visit to your local library, you will notice that the majority of the folks there enjoying themselves are typically the retired seniors. But, upon closer observation, you will see a few creative, future genius-types quietly reading, thinking and pondering.
It is not just in the libraries. Your local park has them too. So does the coffee shop. These are folks who are employed or run a business who make the time to break away from the rat race and think about the origin of rats or how to improve another rat's performance, etc.
"The secret to life is enjoying the passage of time."
--- James Taylor
Unfortunately, the older we get the more funerals we attend. It seems that at every funeral we think about the importance of living life to its fullest and taking time to enjoy the simple things. Usually, those thoughts linger for about a day or two and then we are right back into the same rut chasing our tail and putting out fires.
"If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut."
--- Albert Einstein
Getting someplace quiet where you can shut down all systems and simply think does wonders for your health and your business. Some successful business owners are even able to have some quiet time in a noisy coffee shop. They can just shut out the world and contemplate things. Answers to many major business decisions, both large and small have been uncovered during these times.
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
--- Bill Cosby
Isn't it time you gave yourself a break. No offense, but if you were to die today, several of the people you've been trying to impress, improve or please will forget you by this Thursday.
Give yourself permission to buy a Super Grande Latte (or whatever) and just chill. Be sure to have a pen with you and maybe some Starbucks napkins. You never know what great ideas might come out of your meeting with yourself.
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