Bird Droppings October 23, 2009
Time an elusive quarry
Lately and through most of this week I have been getting home later than ormal from the high school. It has not been for lack of things to do but that during homecoming week there are extra things and actually I have missed a few sadly. I did not make the bonfire last night. I Have found sleeping very easy and my alarm clock did go off yesterday which never happens. I sort of always wake up around three thirty each morning. It seems we blame time however there is never enough to do what we want to do.
“If we have…presence of mind then whatever work we do will be the very tool which enables us to know right and wrong continually. There’s plenty of time to meditate, we just don’t fully understand the practice, that’s all. While sleeping we breathe, eating we breathe, don’t we? Why don’t we have time to meditate? Wherever we are we breathe. If we think like this then our life has as much value as our breath, wherever we are we have time.” Ajahn Chah, “Taste of Freedom”
I was asked yesterday, when I have time to write, to read, to do the numerous extra things I do. I jokingly said, I don’t sleep that much and so I sit here this morning writing and reading emails at four o’clock in the morning. I have found we each have things we do that perhaps could be done differently and given a moment here and there may could do a bit more. Years ago I chose to get up early in the morning; it is quiet, very little interference and even outside noise is minimal. I found I gained a few hours a day. Instead of staying up till midnight watching TV, I was getting up earlier and reading and writing and thinking. The compromise has worked for me over the years.
“You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” Charles Bixton
“Until we can manage TIME, we can manage nothing else.” Peter F. Drucker
It always seems after the fact folks realize how much time they have wasted. Wouldn’t it be more prudent to plan ahead to allocate a bit here and there and who knows, that moment or two for thinking, for writing, for reading, will be there.
“Anything that is wasted effort represents wasted time. The best management of our time thus becomes linked inseparably with the best utilization of our efforts.” Ted W. Engstrom
“If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.” Benjamin Franklin
We live in a world of an ever increasing capability of managing our time, new gadgets and electronic devices; keep us in tune with all around us. Palm Pilots, iphones, Blackberries guide our days or day timers and or computer assist programs nearly everyone or I should say most everyone has a calendar handy when asked.
“Put that on your calendar” – yet we seem forever losing time not having enough to do these things we need to do or want to do – “The biggest difference between time and space is that you can’t reuse time.” Merrick Furst
“All time management begins with planning.” Tom Greening
“We realize our dilemma goes deeper than shortage of time; it is basically a problem of priorities. We confess, “We have left undone those things that ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.” Charles E. Hummel
An interesting author Hummel’s book “Freedom from the tyranny of the urgent” is an interesting concept. I so often we end up losing and or wasting time over priorities that are mixed up. Hummel offers, getting ducks in a row, setting priorities, learning to set priorities and doing those things that need doing first and work through the list. Interestingly enough soon all will get done because the inconsequential becomes left by the wayside and soon there is time. We are free from the tyranny of the urgent.
“If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got.” Lee Iacocca
Lee Iacocca is a man who knows priorities and who could set them and move on them and literally turn companies around. That aspect of giving it all we got is the key.
“Heck by the time a man scratches his behind, clears his throat, and tells me how smart he is, we’ve already wasted fifteen minutes.” Lyndon B. Johnson
“The idea is to make decisions and act on them — to decide what is important to accomplish, to decide how something can best be accomplished, to find time to work at it and to get it done.” Karen Kakascik
Amazing how sometimes that little extra bit of planning that seems to be a waste at the time ends up saving vast amounts of time.
“Write down the most important things you have to do tomorrow. Now, number them in the order of their true importance. The first thing tomorrow morning, start working on an item Number 1, and stay with it until completed. Then take item Number 2 the same way. Then Number 3, and so on. Don’t worry if you don’t complete everything on the schedule. At least you will have completed the most important projects before getting to the less important ones.” Ivy Lee
So often in teaching, things change. It could be that this student does that or this, and the days plan gets out of sorts. In business it is no different. So often things happen unplanned for things, a piece of equipment goes down and an assembly line is closed. I recall years ago listening to my father discuss the concept of Loss Control with a plant manager. I was auditing in industry and for example when my father would first walk into a plant he would go to the maintenance foreman first. Many folks would laugh and ask why not go to the president to see where problems were, he is the boss. My father would answer that the maintenance man sees it first and always is an indicator of issues that so often get over looked by the higher ranking management. Be it time or property, often by getting down to the nitty-gritty we can find time to get things done. It seems over the years I have found not having enough time is never a good excuse; it is only that, an excuse. Please keep all in harms way on your mind and in your hearts.