Hi, I’m John Drury. I help professional business leaders achieve what’s important without losing what’s essential.
Time is a huge issue for all of us.
Our work demands have never been greater and then when we get home, our lifestyle aspirations have increased so much that there’s so much we want to get done there as well. So many things to do.
Given the choice between four hours at a school working bee on a Saturday morning and paying $250, most of us pay the $250 because we’re so time poor.
When everything’s important though, how do we determine what’s essential? How do we make this work? We’re not good at cutting off options. We hate saying “No” and this is a source of much stress and conflict for many people.
A couple of things that I do with my clients, first I get them to take a blank sheet of paper and then draw some circles on a page and then in those circles, write down all the roles and responsibilities that they have, your work responsibilities, your home responsibilities, any groups or clubs that you’re part of, your wider family, your responsibilities to yourself. Write it all in there and kinda create a mind map of your world.
It’s a really interesting exercise.
And then set some boundaries around what’s really important and what’s less important, what’s in and what’s not.
And the challenging part is to learn to say “No” more often to things that are less important. This is one of the ways that you can take back control of your time.
What are you saying “Yes” to that means you are saying “No” to people and things that are precious to you?