All I Want is More Time
If you feel your time is precious, you might find this worth a read.
Recently, I decided to make some changes to my life and how I think. As a result, these changes have had a substantial beneficial impact on my time, my friends and family, and even my job.
I've simply closed my eyes and ears to the daily distractions and noise of all the things going on around me, and instead focused on what I already have.
It really is that simple; I just try to focus on what I have, not what someone tells me I may need.
My life and business is much simpler as a result, and I’ve gained back at least an hour a day of my life; which means I can go home early, well… on time at least.
So, how did this happen?
Before everyone thinks I’ve had some sort of breakdown, please let me explain.
I'm the sort of person that always wants ‘more.’ More of everything in fact,...MORE storage (Unlimited storage isn’t enough)...MORE data...MORE channels...MORE connections...MORE 'likes'...MORE 'shares'...and so on.
Although I felt like I was achieving my goals and subsequently getting more things, newer things, shiner things, it often left me feeling genuinely dissatisfied and frustrated.
As a result, I’ve finally woken up to the reality that 'new' doesn’t always mean best, and neither does ‘more’.
New and more takes time to learn, and the honeymoon period is always far shorter than you expect.
Sometimes, things are just fine the way they are, and even though you can’t see the answer, it’s right there! Just learn to look at what you've already got, start appreciating it and start putting it to good use.
Let me help set the scene with a few examples:
My new phone isn’t as good as the last one.
My office chair isn’t as comfy as my old, worn out one
My new car; well to be honest, I prefer my old Audi.
Sure, I could potentially buy ‘better’, but who defines better,…the sales person who sold it to me?
I’m not sure if it’s my age that has attracted some increased grumpiness within me, or that it’s facilitated this new way of thinking, but I now invest my time (and money) into the things that are truly important to me, and those around me. 'Friends and family' on a personal level and 'customers' on a business level. I don’t think there’s anything else, as far as I can tell.
Some time ago, I was trying to explain my new outlook on life to an old friend and Recruiter, who just smiled at me as I rambled on and then said:
“Paul, it sounds like you’ve woken up.”
He called it the ‘Awakening’. As I drew breath to point out that he was wrong, nothing came out. He was totally right and I knew it.
It feels that in today’s world everyone is looking to go somewhere, get something or achieve a new ‘thing’, but what about taking a look at what you already have?
Perhaps you already have just what you need, but you’re so focused on the horizon that you’re unable to see the flowers you’re treading on?
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