Patterns – Character Creates Opportunity®: Thursday, July 14, 2022

We all remain amazed at the rapid pace of technology advancement in all areas of our lives. However, the conversation gets kind of quiet when it comes to the technological advances on increasing our time. We face the same challenges people did thousands of years ago and most likely those challenges will be the same for people thousands of years into the future. We cannot make any more time. We all get 24 hours each day and that is it.

Time is the great equalizer in our world.  It does not matter how rich or how poor, how intelligent or how ignorant, how privileged or how marginalized, everyone gets the same amount every day. There will never be the possibility of a mandate to redistribute time from those who have plenty to those who have little. With an equal amount granted to everyone, those who use it wisely reap the greatest rewards regardless of their current situation.

As we continue on our journey to be our best for those we care about most at home, work, and in our community, we need to periodically challenge our routines around the normal cadence of our days to see if we are being good stewards of the gift of time.

Here a few thoughts on the importance of guarding our time:

  1. Be present in the moment: When we remain focused on an individual, a task at hand, or an experience and we eliminate the distraction of multi-tasking, we lessen the risk of losing time to re-doing the work or repairing the relationship. In addition, being fully present in the moment with someone strengthens the relationship more than anything else we can do. Being mindful to pay full attention in these moment-to-moment experiences will help make the most of our time.
  2. Find moments to decompress: We can get overwhelmed daily as we jump from one frying pan to the other which can create some zig-zag patterns in our days which burns time. Creating brief moments where we can unplug from the cadence of the daily grind provides us with a chance to catch our breath and confirm our daily direction to help minimize time wasters like getting lost in the chaos of daily life.  Whether it is taking a brief walk in the fresh air, simply walking away from a computer or smart phone screen, or having a snack in a quiet moment are all helpful steps to break a pattern of constantly scrambling around from task to task.
  3. Connect on the long-term plan: At some point in our day like an early morning or evening before bed, we should pick our heads up and reconnect with the long-term plan of our life. Taking a brief moment to step back and reflect on the big picture beyond our present situation has been proven to be helpful in using our time wisely each day as we work toward achieving that long-term plan of our lives.

As we make daily decisions to guard our time, we build and strengthen our character and Character Creates Opportunity for us to reach our full potential and make a positive impact on those around us.

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