I can’t believe how time flies. It is August 11 and if it was not my son’s birthday today, and I didn’t receive an early morning call with great news of a new delivery in our family, I would have sworn that we are still at the first couple of days of the month.
Having so much to accomplish can make you feel like there isn’t enough time or that time literally flies. I know this because, I recall the six or so months of my life when I didn’t work. I had recently had a baby and decided to stay home. What an interesting pace time took on. Drip-drip-drip, drag-drag-drag, it seemed like the day would never end. Every hour, from about 9 am until about 7 pm or later, I would call my working husband, asking –where are you? How are you? What’s up? What did you do for lunch? When are you coming home? I would initiate some of the most inane discussions, all in an attempt to keep him or I engaged. Of course he humoured me most of the time. Now I realise how unrealistic I was trying to engage him in those mundane conversations in the middle of a work day, especially where he had probably shortlisted all the important tasks to be accomplished within the day.
These days, I wonder to myself, ‘where did time go?’
Do you have those days where you feel like you need more than 24 hours in the day? Sadly time spent can’t be replaced, so it’s important to stay focused and prioritise important goals or tasks at the beginning of the week. Especially for parents, no matter how accomplished you may be at work, if the home front is in disarray, you can forget feeling accomplished.
Here are 2 top tips for managing time: EAT THE BIG FROG FIRST.
– Don’t get distracted with doing multiple small things that don’t lead to big outcomes.
– Bite off your big ticket items and tackle your toughest goals first. The sense of accomplishment you get from eating your big frogs will act as a positive momentum towards the other minor tasks.
Read about the “Red Bus” that got me going –my new metaphor for feeling accomplished this August.
Stay focused. Stay awesome. Let’s accomplish great things in August.
I’m on a roll myself today! I knocked off some major tasks off my list and I am well on my way to an accomplished and awesome August. It’s all in your attitude, belief and action.
To your success and greatness.
P.S. Remember, blessings are not things. Blessing is a state of mind, peace of mind, restfulness; the ability to say NO to the things that don’t fit into your vision or core values and the freedom to choose your pathway to success is a blessing.
MY RED BUS: The other day, we went on a run. A few meters in, I was already concocting some excuses for not finishing the 3 km run. I was trying to figure out whether to feign some sort of chest pain, or a knee cramp, or to pretend that I tripped. At some point, my partner (husband) noticed I was lagging behind him and said, ‘keep going, don’t slow down, let’s go as far as that bus ahead’.
‘What bus?’ I barely asked. I looked up and saw a bus which apparently had been parked on the corner of the road way ahead of us. For some weird reason, I had never really noticed it, but this time I decided to keep my eyes on that red bus, and kept going until I thought I would pass out. The red bus became my goal, my anchor, and my focal point. To my surprise, as soon as I had a target, I became so focused that I forgot my planned excuses. All I wanted to do was get to that red bus. I panted, I puffed, I struggled, and I pushed, but I kept on going for that red bus. Nothing was going to get my eyes off the red bus. Just as I started getting close to it, I started losing steam, thinking, ‘wow look at me, I have never run this far, why don’t I just stop short of the bus, after all, the bus is just a few more meters away. I’m almost close, it doesn’t matter. I can change the goal’.
But I remembered the words I had spoken concerning August, if it was to be accomplished, it would be up to me to go all the way, to push through to the finish line, to keep at it, staying focused on my red bus until I could touch it.
GO THE EXTRA MILE OR METER.
Believe it or not, I made it! I got to the red bus, and decided, you know what? I will go past it, even if it’s just two meters past it. I’m going for the extra meter and I did. It seems like small stuff, but I felt truly accomplished. This set the tone for the rest of my day and I decided to make the red bus my trophy, and my metaphor for this Awesome and Accomplished August.
What is your metaphor for accomplishing great things this month and beyond?
Are you struggling already, moaning, and panting even? Are you considering what to drop? What excuse to make? Why not fix your eyes on your red bus?
What is ‘your‘ red bus? What is that thing you’ve put in front of you to motivate you to the finish line? Will you go the distance or stop short? Have you set clear goals and targets? Do you have a partner, a mentor, coach or cheerleader? We all need one. Everyone could use some encouragement. The journey is always easier with support. (I hope you get some of that support here on www.udookonjo.com-that’s my sole motivation; to encourage you to succeed at your highest level.)
Go for it!
Keep on Moving. Become absolutely unstoppable!