Time is rhythm. Rhythm is setting a beat. A beat is the result of motion. Fast or slow – it doesn’t matter but it has to fit. So it is with managing your time, managing your life. There must be a fit with all things in your life so that it establishes a beat for you, you get into a rhythm for your life and your time creates a symphony of steps which fulfills your talent, your very soul.
Huh? You’re likely thinking – this is odd to say the least. Think about it.
Your workplace has a rhythm to it – a pace. The phones come on at 8:30 am and everyone is at their stations having begun the day whatever that means to them. There are breaks and watercooler talks. There’s work that needs to get done in a specific amount of time. And everyone’s work depends on someone else’s to complete the picture – the product – the service – interdependency. Then, everything done inside must match what is requested from the outside. There’s a rhythm. You either enjoy that rhythm or you don’t.
Within all of this you have your own rhythm at work as well as before and after work. If your time rhythm is off, you’ll suffer. If it’s on, you’ll see your world as great.
The question is: how do I know if I’m “in the groove” or not? Easy – how’s your world working?
If you hate to go to work every single day, there’s a disconnect. Quit and go do something that you can’t wait to do. For instance, if you are an outdoors person and you’re stuck at a desk every day, you won’t be happy – you just can’t be – it doesn’t fit your personality. Find jobs where you can mainly work outside – maintenance, forest ranger, park ranger, building construction, diver, roadwork, gardener, landscaper, and the list goes on and on – you get the idea. Don’t wait until you hate your work so much that either you quit at the worse possible moment or you get kicked out.
On the personal plane, you can’t seem to connect with a friend any more. Whenever you get together, you feel anxious or bored. You’ve changed, your friend has changed, you’ve both changed – whatever the reason, your friendship needs changing or letting go. Talk it over with your friend – likely the feeling is mutual but a sense of history and loyalty has prevented either one of you bringing up the subject. You could agree to let go of the relationship or keep a part of the relationship that you like.
Just as in music, when you hit a “sour note”, something has changed in your life and you need to pay attention. Time changes everything. Be aware. Take action. And get your life’s rhythm back! You’ll see that when you’re in step with your own rhythm, time management will be a lot easier.