Until the scienticians figure out how to delete the need to sleep, insert more hours into the day, or bestow super-speed, we need to effectively manage our time and our energy – lest the important things get away from us.
Time is the ultimate scarce resource so a few years back I come up with a very simple way to ensure the most important things in my life get the attention they deserve.
I’ve trimmed my life to 7 things. 7 things that I devote 99% of my time to. Just 7.
Here’s how I break it down:
As I’m relatively new to my new job, I give time to learning and training in this new field.
If my relationship with my wife, Colleen, doesn’t work none of the remaining 6 work
my son’s support and development is critical.
thinking deeply about the big questions in life.
of course many of us need to participate and advance in our day jobs.
I can maintain solid friendships with only a few people. This requires a block of my time.
I enjoy watercolour painting so I try to spend time each week creating.
Only a couple of these can be considered discretionary. The rest are solidly in a regular rhythm of my life. I move time and attention to one opportunity or another based on needs, but this is it. This is my simple matrix for saying yes to the right things and no to the wrong things.
Every now and then I add an 8th thing like working out, volunteering for a cause, or working on a project but I do it intentionally. I know that adding another thing steals time from one and likely all of the other elements in my life.
Finally, know that this doesn’t mean I can’t be impulsive, flexible or even reactionary (just ask my wife).
It just means that I’ve predetermined what are the most important things to me and how I invest in them each is a joy. I often combine several of them (wife, son and painting or friend and faith) in order to liberate time.
What would your 7 things be? Can you pull off more? How do you manage your time an energy?
Brian McKenzie is a 15 year marketing professional, father, husband and artist. Check him out on LinkedIn.
I’ve know Brian for several years. We met the other day and he shared his 7 things model. I’ve been thinking about this and also how we adopt ideas, how we change, how we prioritize, and how even when we think we want to change, we actually stand still.
I asked Brian to write this post to share his model.
What’s on your list? Is this years list different than last? What’s on your 7 things list for 2015? Do share.