Today I'm in Portland, Oregon, at the World Domination Summit 2013, and I've got good time management on my mind. Darren Rowse gave the second keynote this morning, and he posed a simple yet profound question:
"What do you want your future to look like?"
The question really pertains to the present because the future doesn't yet exist. I don't think Darren will mind if I qualify his question with two of my own:
- What in the present will keep your desired future at bay?
- What changes can you make to welcome your desired future?
You'll find that making changes in the present usually involves changing how you budget your time.
You may enjoy watching men swagger, swear, and sweat on The Bachelorette, but that time might be better spent writing a blog post, book chapter, or business plan.
If you want to know what really matters to you, look at how you spend your time.
You may discover that sleeping in on Saturday and Sunday, unwinding before bed, and eating long lunches every day matter more to you than launching a business, planning a trip overseas, or meeting some other goal that you say means a great deal to you.
Words can hide uncomfortable truths, but time doesn't lie.
How are you spending yours? Are you investing in a desired future and reeling it in like a trophy Brown trout? Or are you paying out more and more line and watching that future swim away back into the future?
Your time doesn't lie. Pay attention to where your time goes, practice good time management, and identify where you can reclaim 15-30 minutes a day.
Spend the precious present creating a future you will love.