See the image above. I am 51 years old. The filled-in dots on this page represent the months I have already lived; the empty dots represent the time I have left until 90.
These dots remind me that the time I have left is finite. This realization is moving me towards planning to spend more time on things that matter to me. I intend to define what I want and act on those things, while spending less time doing things that serve no purpose that matters to me. I think often of my personal mission, and I am now doing things all the time that help me fulfill it. It feels like I have woken up. I feel more alive than ever before.
I attended a leadership workshop led by entrepreneur Warren Rustand recently and he gave us—and I give you—his rules for taking control of your time. I find them very helpful in guiding my actions towards purpose.
You must recognize and act on the knowledge that:
My message with this article: think about the dots you have left and plan to use them wisely and with purpose. You can’t do that without an effective time management system. Use a system that works for you daily, weekly, and monthly, and improve on it constantly to achieve the things you want to achieve.
The most influential book I have found on how to do this is Getting Things Done by David Allen. I suggest you make time on your calendar to read it.
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