From Dr. Jane's Notebook

Times Up!

Time management...a buzz word of our times. I've read about it, written about it, and always believed that I did it...until recently. Sometimes we mistake being busy for being well-organized.

Consider what you have in common with the following items: a sponge, a pinball, a tornado, an emergency rescue squad, and the realization that "life is too short." A sponge, of course, absorbs anything from spills to expectations. A pinball bounces from hither to yonder. A tornado rushes around wrecklessly. An emergency rescue squad is always trying to be helpful. The "realization" leaves me wondering how I actually organize my priorities and whether this really is the true meaning of time management.

As we approach the holiday season (is it that time already?), it seems appropriate to consider a gift for ourselves this year. I've seen the poster that reads, "the best thing you can give your children is your time." Perhaps of similar value, is the gift of time for ourselves.

To accomplish the "gift of time for ourselves,"  I recommend the following:

I often ask people to think of a motto for their lives. People who want to make changes often feel "today is the first day of the rest of their lives." Others who want simply to better appreciate what they already have, may think "today may be the last day of my life...and if so, what's really important to me." Whatever your slogan is, it may be the appropriate title for your weekly schedule.

ęCopyright 1995, Jane R. Rosen-Grandon. All rights reserved.

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Last Updated October 24, 1998 by Gary M. Grandon, Ph.D.