Making time for the important - Hold Your Breath

make time for the important

The topic is almost cliche - “Prioritise the important!” There is a reason it falls into the cliche and that simply is because it is true. We know we need to do it and, for many people, we know we are not doing it. - Can you relate?

The real question is: do you truly know what is important? If you will give 3 minutes, I can show you what important looks like.

Hold your breath for 3 minutes

How did you do?

My guess is that after 30seconds, the need for oxygen had your full attention. Chance are you did not make it to a minute.

Oxygen is important. You build it into the rhythm of your life and days and if anything stops you getting oxygen then you stop. You take action.

You can take this illustration to a less regular priority. You have a bit more choice with this example. Still a priority though. Try not going to the toilet for the whole day. Once again my guess is that there will come a time when your entire being demands you take action. Reminds me of a lovely poster from the military of a bloke in a block of toilets with the door closed and a quote below that said

“It does not matter how urgent the job is the paperwork still has to be done!”

Do you close the door to do what needs to be done in your life? (outside of the toilet, that is!)

‘Time management’ training is increasingly in demand. One of the biggest challenges is interruptions. How much time do you think you lose to interruptions in a day? A washingtonpost.com article in June 2015 carried a research article that estimated lost time at 6 hours a day.

Yes, you read that right 6 Hours/day.

Generally, people estimate they lose 45-50% of their day and to interruptions. That means we have the potential to double our productivity every day.

Link to Wistia here

Interruptions can be from team members, people dropping in without appointments and even ourselves. We have a 10min podcast with more on the topic and here are 3 steps to start the ball rolling:

  1. Honestly observe your focus during the day
  2. Note what distracts and interrupts you
  3. Pick the main offender and take action

Time is too precious to waste. Stop putting it off until you have time to sort it. If you need help - please do get in touch. Stop holding your breath - Live Breath and prioritise the important!

Interruptions can be from team members, people dropping in without appointments and even ourselves. We have a 10min podcast with more on the topic and here are 3 steps to start the ball rolling:

  1. Honestly observe your focus during the day
  2. Note what distracts and interrupts you
  3. Pick the main offender and take action

Time is too precious to waste. Stop putting it off until you have time to sort it. If you need help - please do get in touch. Stop holding your breath - Live Breath and prioritise the important!