Apart from self care, time management is a close second when it comes to being successful.
Some of the most successful people I know, apply these three things in their daily lives. FT = Fun Time PT = Productive Time DT = Domestic Time And together they develop a good SCT (Self Care Time) lifestyle.
It is not too important in what order these are actioned, but a matter of personal choice. One may feel that things at home, around the house need to be done first, followed by some fun time and then on to productive time.
Now what would you call ‘Fun Time’? Fun is doing something that you really enjoy, adding value to your life. You really appreciate doing it and something that gets your engine revving again. It must, above all else, lift your spirits and give you a positive emotional experience.
‘Productive Time’ or some call it proactive time, making things happen? But it is not the quantity of what one is doing during a given period of time, but the quality which generates the most change or reaction. Most people chill out after some fun time, by going for a walk before engaging in the productive part of their day. Tip – Manage yourself first by developing & selecting sound habits.
Domestic Time, or what some refer to as ‘Drudge Time’? Do you reach that time of the day when you sigh with relief and collapse into a chair, wishing fervently, that someone would bring you a cup of tea?
But this period of time is important time. It is the glue that holds the rest of the day’s time together.
It is like ‘check-in’ time for the day’s flight. Well planned activities will ensure that you get to the next stage well rested & raring to go.
Tip – put some clothes on before rushing out to fetch the morning newspaper !
Finally, I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Do You have a well oiled time machine?
Can you imagine how difficult it would have been, starting your first Blog way back in Roman times?
Well, I believe this is what got him killed.
He was often seen, jotting down some notes on his tablet while sitting in the Forum. Of course they had tablets in those days & I would not be surprised if this is where Apple got it first idea from.
Of course it was a version 1.0 tablet. A simple wax tablet with a pointed metal stylus. No storage facility. No auto spell correction. If you made a mistake you used your thumb to ‘rub’ it out & started all over.
Then when Anthony got home he would laboriously transcribe his daily notes on to a scroll, the Roman Blog, written on a long strip of paper rolled around a stick.
Soon, other members of the Forum asked to look at his Blog & depending on what he had written, this content was well received.
Content appeared to be Emperor!
His followers grew from one or two to a few dozen, but Anthony soon realised that he needed to come up with a better method of distribution.
Building his audience began to be uppermost in his mind.
He began leaving little snippets of his next Blog lying around the Forum, enticing prospective followers with a call to action.
More Scribes were hired & soon had a functioning list from which he could sub divide & direct certain of his Blog entries to those particular followers.
But more was to come. Some of the merchants in the town heard about this Blog & asked Anthony to include carefully worded bits about their products. These merchants were prepared to pay handsomely for this privilege.
And before he knew it, Anthony had to give up his day job in the Forum & concentrate full-time on his wealth building Blog.
But sadly, among his many followers, there were a group of jealous members. They were a soulless bunch, with little or no creative or entrepreneurial spirit. Most of all, they envied the wealth he had created from his Blog.
They plotted his demise and as we all know, Anthony’s last recorded words were “Et Tu Brute?”
In the old days, if one chose to be a writer, the start-up procedure was a lot less intense. You had a pencil, in fact, a whole bunch of them, a sharpener, book or sheaf of blank paper and a quiet place to create your masterpiece.
These days it takes a lot more. We are, after all living in the digital age.
Then one day, after many years of just writing a bit of this, a touch of that, someone, a kind, well-intentioned person said.
“You are a Writer, Richard. Why don’t you publish a book?”
And so it started. I spent the better part of 2014 diligently writing or rather banging away at the computer keyboard.
One page a day, with the dream of accumulating 350 odd pages by the end of the year.
Now the editing would start, honing that rough draft into something I would be proud of. Something I could present to some grateful publisher.
Around December 15th, 2014, I bumped into that same kind person at a local supermarket. After exchanging season greetings and exchanging personal and family news, she said.
“You know what you should do now?” I had walked right into this I thought!
“You need a writer’s website and blog!”
And before I knew it, I was involved with just that, only surfacing again in mid-January, 2015.