By LeAnna J. Carey | Jul 27, 2011
Socrates said that, "The unexamined life is not worth living." Fortunate that Socrates did not live in today's ....wait, this is exactly what he was speaking about - taking the time to examine your life. If you were to examine what your last week looked like, chances are you would recall your energy states; moments of creativity, frustration with your schedule, creativity, fatigue, or moments where you were able to relax and create balance. Nothing is as frustrating as running out of time and energy when needing to check things off 'the list.' Socrates' question is personal and sparks reaction; for example, how can change occur, when one does not take the time to examine his or her life?
If we were to jump to the future and then look back on our lives, two of the questions we might find ourselves asking are:
- What did I spend my time on?
- Why was I so busy?
Let's consider that we all have the same 24 hours in a day. Most of us work no less than 8 hours a day, and within that day, there are times where you are the most productive. For me, don't call between the hours of 10AM and 2PM, I'm writing - I actually feel creative, my energy level is rocking, my thinking is clear - a different story after 9PM. When I began to rearrange my schedule to my peak productivity times, there was an immediate impact on my sense of productivity, balance, and energy. I actually have time to examine my goals, and strange as this may seem, my goals are bigger, I accomplish more... and there is more balance. Go figure. The key is taking time to reflect on what I need to change.
We all want a life worth living. So, if you were to redesign how you spend your time, how would you align your peak productivity times to accomplish your life goals?