Are you having and “affair”………

March 20, 2013

Are you having an “affair”………….With your apps?  Your smart phone?  Your Facebook updates?  Or other devices that light up and make life a little more exciting?

Have you ever considered how much time you spend wasting time with your apps, devices and other electronic technology?  I know “wasting time” is a relative term here but keep reading if you are looking to gain some time in your life and reduce some stress!  I often hear comments from people complaining that they don’t have enough time.  But have you ever considered how much time you spend on your computer, smart phone or other device that lights up and engages you? Now I am not saying using these electronic devices is a bad thing, but what I am saying is perhaps you spend too much time and brain power concerning yourself with them.

Questions for you to consider:

  •  Do you consider it OK to use your device during a family meal? During a meal with a spouse or close friend?   First date?  Would you use your device if you were meeting with the President, Pope or some other very important person?
  •  What does it say to the person in front of you that you are interacting with–this conversation I am having on Facebook is more important than the one I am having with you?
  • On vacation can you leave your device in the off position or do you “need to check” even while you are on vacation?  Isn’t the point of a vacation to de-stress, relax and get away from the day to day concerns?
  • Where is your attention focused as you read this sentence? Are you reading this or have you in the past 20 seconds allowed your brain to go somewhere else and miss the present moment?
  • Have you ever allowed yourself to be distracted by a mobile device while driving?

Consider how many times in a given day you log onto Facebook to check on or post updates. I’m sure we all know people who post updates about them going shopping or to the movies or playing Angry Birds and then they wonder where their time went–or maybe they don’t even consider the “time cost” of these activities.  I find that often people are “busy” but really not focusing on the important things or items in their day that contribute to their success.

Am I against technology?  Of course NOT!  Do I post to Facebook and Twitter?  YES.  Do I allow my brain energy to be drained away with these electronic “affairs”?  I try not to but this is a work in progress, just like you are!

As a human BEING, not a human DOING, you have the power to chose how you use your time/energy and brain power to interact with technology.  So if you would like to end your “affair” with your apps, keep in mind that you DO have the choice to do so!  You CAN modify how you spend your time with your apps and devices.

Let me know what you think about this post at https://gainingtime.wordpress.com

Craig Bodoh
“The Time man”

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What’s playing in your head?

September 25, 2012

What’s your tune?  With all the music we can listen to on a daily basis, often we don’t monitor the “tune” in our heads.  Just like we can change the station and listen to another kind of music so too we can change the tune in our heads.

If you don’t monitor the “tunes” in your head i.e. the beliefs and thoughts you have, the “tunes” will continue to play and you will create a result that you didn’t want.

What you think about manifests.  So focus on what you want to achieve or have in your life and it will begin to happen!

What matters most to you and how do you spend your time?

February 23, 2012

What matters most?

Have you thought about “what matters most to you?”  Have you protected time to work on what matters most to you?

If not, you really need to do something about it.  No one on their death bed stated they wished they spent more time at work!  Most often people wished they spent more time with the people that they cared for.  The only way you are able to spend time with your loved ones is if you make time to do this.

Remember you are ultimately in charge of your schedule and how you use your time.  Make room in your daily schedule for the people that are important in your life!

How did that New Year’s Resolution go?

January 23, 2012

The change to a new year often prompts people to make some changes in their life.  So if you are one of them how did that News Year’s Resolution go?  That is if you set one?  If it did not go so well then you might want to re-evaluate your implementation of the new habit.

Remember to make any behaviorial change it takes 21 days of consistent repetition for the new habit to become part of your life.  If there is an addictive nature to the old habit the new habit formation period is 35 days.  And if you break the habit formation period the next day you pick up the new habit it is day 1!

What helps you organize your time?

November 30, 2011

I am curious what kind of system you use to help us organize your time?  Paper based system, electronic system or………..?

There are many ways to organize your time/calendar and I am curious what you find effective.

Post a comment please as I am gathering some information for future posts.

THANKS,

Craig

I don’t have time……..

November 10, 2010

I’m sure you have either used or heard the phrase, “I don’t have time.”

The great dividing line between success and failure can be expressed in five words; “I did not have time”. Franklin Field

The challenge is being clear about what is most important to do and to stay focused.  “Everything” can’t be done.  But there’s always enough time for the important things.

Time for an examination?

October 22, 2010

The life which is unexamined in not worth living.
Plato

If you only react to what life gives you and don’t evaluate and plan for options, you are at the whim of others and have no control over your life and time!

Effective self management (time management) requires thought and reflection. If you aren’t why not?

Maybe time for a check up with a personal coach? 🙂

Time Flies!

September 3, 2010

“Time flies. It’s up to you to be the navigator.” – Robert Orben.

Where did the Summer go is what we hear now! It’s that time of year where there are many changes to our daily routines and managing those changes are some times a challenge. Remember planning your day where you look at ALL of the things you are trying to get done is vitally important. “Plan your day, work your plan.”

Free time for YOU!

February 10, 2010

Ever have unexpected moments of free time?  You say “what free time” I am too busy?

Truth is that there is time within your day that is suddenly unstructured.  Events such as trains crossing your path or meeting ending early or a project completed before you thought it would.  These are great opportunities to do something fun or for yourself.

When I get stopped by a train, I turn off my car and pull out my planner and do some personal planning.  Or can you use this event as an opportunity to practice your deep breathing and relax.  Too often what is your first response to a train making you stop your car……………Stress or thinking some choice words.

Remember that you CAN find and use those unexpected moments of free time.

Change in 2010?

December 29, 2009

How is next year going to be different than this year if nothing changes?  This is the time of the year that people set New Year’s resolutions and I think that is a good thing.  But too many people don’t know how to work the process of change.

*First you need to set goals in various areas of your life.

*You need to clarify those goals

*Break the goals down and on a regular basis work on the goals.

This is the fast forward overview.  For more information on the process check out the tips section of http://www.gainingtime.com

Here’s to an improved new year!