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

Positive Quote: “Time flies. It is up to you to be the navigator.” – Robert Orben

 

Time, we all have the same amount of time each day. Yet, how we spend it differs from person to person. Where we spend our time should point to the things we place a high priority on. It should, yet does it always?

 

If I say I value learning, do I reflect this in my actions and where I spend my time?

 

I am a firm believer that you can manage your time to be more effective and efficient. The hour or so spent with no one in the office can be more productive than 4 hours combined. It is all in how and where you decide to spend your time. The complete day cannot be planned out, yet there can be buckets of time dedicated to certain things to help prioritize.

 

Do you allow time to plan your day, to prioritize the list of many things you have to accomplish?

 

I have found that taking a few minutes each day to map out what I want to accomplish helps me as the day to day activities can work to consume my time. So when I have ‘free’ time, I know exactly what I should be working on. It helps control the chaos.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a marvelous Monday.

 

Priscilla

“The essential question is not, ‘How busy are you?’ but ‘What are you busy at?’” – Oprah Winfrey

Positive Quote: “The essential question is not, ‘How busy are you?’ but ‘What are you busy at?’” – Oprah Winfrey

 

I vividly remember the day I realized that being busy did not mean I was successful, that I was not spending time on the ‘right’ things and that I was not managing my time wisely. I like to read, I like to read a lot, it is my way of decompressing.

 

Many years ago, back in 2009, I was reading a book by an author that was unknown to me, yet the title called out to me. It was ‘Fake Work’ by Brent Peterson and Galyan Nielson. I have since seen newer revised versions of the same book, yet the one I read in 2009 is the one I have kept. This quote reminds me of that book. A summary from the book preface is “Hard work is not the same as real work. Half of the work we do consumes valuable time without strengthening the short- or long-term survival of the organization. In a word, it’s fake. Not only does fake work drain a company’s resources without improving its bottom line, it steals conviction, care, and positive morale from employees, and adds the burden of high turnover, communication breakdowns, and cultural patterns of poor productivity.” About once a year I will pull it out and reference a chapter or a section and it helps me refocus on my job habits. It is also a good reminder, as a leader, that when I am working with my team to set goals and targets, that they have to point to an overall business objective. Otherwise, why are we doing it?

 

It is extremely easy to get caught up in the daily fires and the administrivia of work. Those things are important. Yet, it is more important to focus on the items you are responsible for that move your team, the organization, and yourself forward.

 

For myself, I set aside the first 3 hours of my day to plan my time and tackle the items that require my full attention, since early hours is when my mind is at peak. I am continually amazed at what I can accomplish in that short period of time. Then at the end of my day, I set aside an hour to wrap up, to figure out what I need to move to the next day, to later that evening, and when and how I should focus my future efforts. Now don’t get me wrong, fires pop up, there is the last minute request to pull together data, the team mate who is looking for help in an issue, or the customer (for me those are internal) who needs clarification. Not to mention the instant messages, phone calls, and emails that cannot be paused. It is a balance and some days my planning time is reduced to 5-10 minutes, if that…yet on the days I do get to spend the time, I can feel the difference in my mood, my organization, and in my delivery of items that are important in my role.

 

As you can tell, this quote has me thinking.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

 

Have a tremendous Thursday.

 

Kind regards,

Priscilla

“The eyes see only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” – Henri-Louis Bergson

Positive Quote: “The eyes see only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” – Henri-Louis Bergson

 

Have you ever taken one of those tests where you are asked what you see, not a Rorschach test, per se, yet an image where you see something in it and someone sees something else. When the other person tells you what they see, then you can see it too. Yet, you wonder, why you did not see it before, until it was pointed out to you.

 

Well, to me that is kind of what this quote is talking about. Your mind can only see what it is able to understand, associate, and comprehend. However, as leaders we need to be able to see and digest more and more to be agile and successful. There are many ways of doing this… you can read books, have mentors or be a mentee, you can take classes, you can network with others and share thoughts… there are many ways. Yet, one must grow to continue to evolve and be able to ‘see’ more than what can be seen today.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a marvelous Wednesday and here is to us all helping our minds see more than they did last week.

 

Kind regards,

Priscilla

 

“The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings.” – Kakuzo Okakura

Positive Quote: “The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings.” – Kakuzo Okakura

 

I like the thought that life is likened to art. Art is subjective; there is no right or wrong path to take in the art world. One creates what one is called to create. I can see that life can be like that, based on life experiences, drive, engagement, etc…. it pulls a person down certain paths over others. Then, then life is interesting. Knowing that one you are down the path that leads to where you want to be and that things happen, things pop up that may divert you from the path, life is about change and readjusting both our expectations as well as our path. This seems creative and poetic. I like that.

 

I guess the opposite would be that if you did not readjust in life you would be like a piece of art that gets dusty, as it is never readjusted for dusting or whatnot.

 

I’ll have to ponder these images for a tad.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a marvelous Tuesday.

Priscilla

“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.” – Will Rogers

Positive Quote: “Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.” – Will Rogers

 

This time of year finds me contemplative. Perhaps that is why this quote drew me in. Imagine if every person in the world had a personal parrot. This parrot went with them everywhere they went; home, work, school, shopping, vacations…. you get the point. This parrot would have been exposed to you, the you in public and the you in private, the you at social gatherings and the you when you think no one is looking or listening.

 

Would you sell you parrot to someone else, much less the local gossip?

 

As a parent, my children will go out into the world, as they are currently doing, by going to school, hanging out with friends, and then leaving home to go off to college. What kind of parent was I, what will they say about me to others when asked? I hope it has more positive than anything else. I want to live in such a way that my children, my daughter can go into the world prepared to thrive and succeed and knowing that I was not the perfect parent, the best parent, yet that she was loved.

 

Four years ago yesterday, my father passed away from cancer. It was unexpected and sudden. Those he left behind, well, we are the parrots. I am reminded that those I interact with, live with, love, and am around in general…those, those are all people who will perhaps talk about me or what I said or did or how I acted. What will my legacy be?

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great Monday and ask yourself….what is your legacy?

 

Priscilla

“No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be” – Isaac Asimov

Positive Quote: “No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be” – Isaac Asimov

 

This quote reminds me that one must know what the end goal is before being able to make decisions that will either lead them closer to the goal or take them further away from it. Not all decisions are equal and not all decisions that remedy an issue are the wrong choice, yet some can be.

 

For example, if you are trying to build a new team out, you don’t hire without an interview, you don’t hire without knowing what skillsets you need, and you don’t hire without knowing how those skillsets will help get you from point a to point b.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a fabulous Friday.

 

Priscilla

 

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” – Amelia Earhart

Positive Quote: “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” – Amelia Earhart

 

I smiled when I read this quote. Imagine, fear being paper tigers, as in not with much strength behind it once you get past it and can recognize them for what they are. Until you can, the paper tigers might as well be real ones.

 

This quote also has me asking myself how often people are indecisive and it is due to fear. Probably more than I would think. Acting, moving forward, whether right or wrong is progress, it is action, and that helps drive change. Yes, take the time to analyze, review, research, yet there will come a point where nothing new can be learned, other than rehashing what is already known, those are times were action is critical.

 

Amelia Earhart was a brave, courageous woman and pioneer. She followed her dream and acted to make it into a reality.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a fantastic Tuesday and here is to us all being more fearless.

 

Priscilla