Seeking the Secret Society of Time Masters – Daily Quote

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This quote made me laugh. Who among us has mastered time? Is there a secret society of time masters, hoarding their magical ways? We study time management techniques, perform time audits, eat frogs, create to-do lists, apply the 80-20 rule, use batch tasking, set S.M.A.R.T. goals, learn to say “no” and do more by doing less. Even with those tools, we fail.

We stand on the brink of a new decade, and Tony says we underestimate what we can accomplish in the space of ten years. It seems impossible, but when I look backward toward 2010, I am amazed by the path that brought me here, and how different my life is today. So, as I sit to plot and plan my intentions for 2020, I wonder if I dare to dream bigger and imagine where I might be when I turn the calendar to welcome 2030. How much more may I realize if I broaden my event horizon? Will my progress exceed light speed?

There is a shift in my normal goal setting exercise. A mere 365 days is too short. I have always complete five- and ten-year targets. While I finished them, they were cursory, never fully formed, or completely embraced. This year, their significance has surpassed my annual ambitions, and I can’t wait to see where this alteration leads me.

How do you master time?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

8 thoughts on “Seeking the Secret Society of Time Masters – Daily Quote

  1. As a nonprofit finance manager, I’m constantly being asked to put together five year budgets. No one ever puts together a five year operating plan so I politely refuse. Or I say “the same as this year times five”. Forecasting into the future seems impossible to me. In 2010 I didn’t even understand that I have OCD or Tourette, I didn’t know what a blog was and I hadn’t run in a decade. I personally think it’s fruitless to plan out too many years in advance because you don’t know who you’re going to be.

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    • Hey, Jeff. I knew there was a reason I liked you. 🙂 IRL the day job puts me in charge of Acct/Finance working with the organization heads, the PE group, bankers, auditors, etc. Spreadsheets, budgets, rolling forecasts, TTM, and detailed analysis are my life. I understand the challenges of forecasting. The key is setting out a clear list of assumptions and having a consensus as to the overall goal.

      On a personal level, I don’t believe on placing limitations on dreams. Goal planning for 1 year, tends to exclude considering goals that might take longer. Things like earning a MFA, writing 20 books, saving $$ for a large purchase, the list goes on. Imagining who I might want to be in 10 years, I a huge motivator, for me. We can never guess what challenges may interfere with our plans, or what new opportunities might present themselves. That is where we adapt, and change and re-forecast. .

      We all must do what works best for us. Thanks for your comment, you highlight real issues.

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