Time and task management is a function of something much more captivating and inspiring; something life defining. And yet, most “systems” that purport to organize us root themselves squarely in the “get it done” addiction.
We get “caught” in the allure of time and task management because we’re conditioned to believe nirvana materializes when we’ve neatly checked off the last todo successfully before we fall exhausted into bed.
I lived this system for years; organizing lists, prioritizing based on due date, and calendaring as demanded by others around me. I became so proficient at this that everyone wanted me on their team, board, and volunteer schedule.
And because I’m also at mastery level in the fine art of people pleasing, YES was a staple response and my calendar became more crowded and my time more demanded. And so what to do?
Refine your time management system, of course. In other words, get better at the insanity. Fill every moment with productivity; regardless of your mood, dreams, and energy.
Pause? Mmmmmm…. No. Meditate? That’s hilarious. Vision Map? What is that exactly?
If I couldn’t fit it in between 10:06am and 10:18am, it wasn’t going to happen. Welcome to the Wheel. Sound familiar?
Over time, we become both addicted, exhilarated, and fatigued by the wheel. No respect for seasons, no respect for personal passions, no respect for our body. Just run hard until you break down, recover, and do it again.
This isn’t everyone’s story. I’ve spoken with hundreds of people who tell personal tales of:
- I feel like my life is a deck of cards that gets thrown into the air every day,and I’m just picking up the mess.
- My brain feels scattered and disorganized; I’m underwater.
- I’m exhausted, worn out, and strung out trying to keep it together.
- There isn’t enough time to get it all done.
- I have no idea what I want to do and no time to figure it out.
- I’m bored.
- I don’t know where to start.
What I believe we want more of is impact, clarity, and fulfillment. This is our purpose path, and the route from here to there is our vision map. If I could wave a wand, I would give each of us one gloriously long pause. And that is the purpose of this chapter – to wave the wand and receive.
What to do with a pause:
- Vision Quest
A natural intelligence exists within each of us; an inner wisdom that knows we are designed to emulate the rhythms of the larger system to which we belong. The universe doesn’t push and fight to achieve its purpose; it breathes and flows.
Brilliantly attuned, powerfully charged, and infinitely patient. That is our universe and that is you. We just need to remember how to access these superpowers. But trust – they live within you.