You’re probably asking what I’ve been drinking! Coffee. Think about it.
This was a guy from a small southern town living a regular life as son of a mother and father. He loved to sing. Tons of kids love to sing. He went on the road – lots of young people went on the road to find their star in those days. People liked something about him. He worked and worked until he got a record. And he kept on working until a certain someone could see opportunity in promoting this guy and made him a super star. We all know about show business – timing is everything – over or under exposure is deadly. But that’s not the truly amazing part. The truly amazing part is that he lives today! Priscilla Presley has made sure of that!
Elvis died in 1977 – 33 years ago – January 8, 2010, would have been his 75th birthday! Think about this fact alone especially if you are a business person – think about keeping something profitable for 33 years when the source of your product is dead and can’t produce any new material for over 33 years!!!
The way Priscilla Presley turned a negative into a positive is absolutely astonishing! Imagine that 33 years after his death, his movies are still showing on tv, his records are played on radio, he appears in newspapers all over the world and he has a website – Elvis.com – a site on which products still sell well.
No matter how talented someone is or how much material they produced, to keep the legacy alive and thriving is an accomplishment of massive proportion. The most unlikely kid to succeed has been an empire for decades!
So how does all this relate to time management? Time management is not just about managing the parts of your life day to day. Time management also involves managing tangibles. For instance, if you have purchased a house. Real estate in your area has a spike. You’ve always wanted to move but you don’t sell; you wait for the market to keep going higher and higher. The market drops significantly. You’ve lost out because you didn’t manage the timing of the sale of your property well. Now you’ll have to wait a long time again before you’re likely to get top price. If you had sold near the top of the market, you’d be happy now. The same lessons apply with career products. If, upon his death, no one would have taken ownership of the products and kept promoting them, the legacy of Elvis would have died or at least diminished significantly.
Priscilla Presley has managed an asset for 33 years: Elvis products. So many artists are soon forgotten after their death or retirement. When Elvis was in his prime, there were hundreds of artists with hit records selling hundreds of thousands of records at a time when the population of the earth was much less than it is today.
Yet, out of all those artists – many names you’d recognize, Elvis is the name that pops up year after year.
How did she do it? Wouldn’t that be a great case study in business? For 33 years Priscilla Presley has managed this phenomenon and kept Elvis timely and modern. No matter what age, people still know the words to the songs and they watch the movies. They buy paraphernalia and visit Graceland. It’s all in the timing – not over done – not under done – and picking the right times to “revive” the legacy. Talk about time management!
Fascinating to think about, isn’t it?
Because I spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen every day, I noticed that my eyesight dissintegrated as the day wore on and that I was getting low grade headaches more and more. I had a suspicion it was due to eye strain.
I have quite a library of books because I love books and I have many, many interests. So that’s the first place I looked. There, I found a book called “How To Improve Your Sight” by Margaret Darst Corbett. I hadn’t read it in quite a while and, obviously, wasn’t using what I had learned.
One of the chapters dealt with eye strain. So, I tried the exercises she suggested.
Here are some of the tips that I am using to help me with my eye strain issue and I hope it helps you too. Please know that I am including only what I know works for me; there’s a lot more in the book and the chapter on eye strain but these are the ones I found are easy and work:
Don’t rub your eyes because the pressure of the fist or fingers distorts the shape of the eye.
Instead: squeeze your lids tightly but gently and open them wide four or five times. This works really well for me in clearing my eyes. I wear contacts so this technique also helps to clear the contacts
Don’t hold your breath while using your eyes – this seems like an odd one but in actual fact, on the computer, sometimes, I can get so engrossed, I’m actually holding my breath – didn’t know I did that until I read this. If you pay attention, you’ll find yourself holding your breath or breathing very shallow. The eye needs oxygen.
Instead: Breath consciously – like sigh breathing. For me this is instant – it’s amazing how this works! Three or four deep breaths and there seems to be more “light”.
Don’t force vision – if an object is not clear, then do not look harder and longer at it. On the computer, this happens often because some of the type is so small. Did you ever notice how small some Google ad copy is?
Instead: close your eyes for a moment, loosen yourself completely, take a deep breath and look again. And this does work – my vision is clearer and it’s easier to read. It was a little hard to believe that this technique would actually work but it does – amazingly so – just like sigh breathing to get clearer vision, for reading smaller print, just closing the eyelids, taking one breathe while loosening the tightness usually in my shoulders is usually all I need – it takes seconds.
Don’t blink hard when you blink. Your eyes are very sensitive and the tearing is important to keep your eyes lubricated and disinfected.
Instead: close your eyelids gently and softly for a few seconds, breathe. When you open them, your eyes will feel rested. Not only will your eyes feel rested, but you will too – 5 minutes is all your really need – good for the eyes and the body!
Don’t be afraid to let your eyes work – using your eyes increases muscle strength as it does exercising any other part of the body.
Instead: go ahead and use your eyes a lot. Just rest them often. I loved this one because I’ve been told since I was little to not use my eyes too much. I love to read and love to write so my eyes are important.
Relieving eye strain, therefore, boils down to closing your eyes, relaxing and deep breathing for short periods of time. It seems simple enough and it is – it’s remembering to do these things before the headache happens – that’s the trick. I have a computer prompt “close & breath” (means close my eyes and take deep breaths). When it becomes a habit, I’ll be able to remove it from my computer calendar.
Hope this helps you too.