About Time

No matter what continent I travel to, no matter what the company does, no matter who I speak to… One theme continues to be the biggest challenge.

Bigger than teammates or senior execs not getting it or not doing their part. Bigger than too much change. Bigger than tools and procedures that don’t work or create too many hassles. Bigger than all of that. It is…

Time poverty.
Nobody has enough of it.


You have the same amount of time during a day than da Vinci, and Picasso, and Steve Jobs. The problem isn’t time or time management. The problem is you. Or rather, your limiting beliefs, your assumptions, your desires. Change those and it’s amazing how much time gets freed up! (For more on that, read 10 Ways Our Mind Warps Time.)

Rather than my usual practical work-tips, let’s try something different to address this problem. I would like you to…

Give someone else some of your time.

You’ll be amazed at how much it does for your time poverty as well as your soul.

That’s from the results of new study. People were asked to use some time for either:
Spending it on themselves, or,
Wasting it, or,
Spending it on others, whether friends or strangers

They found that people who spent the time on others felt afterwards that they had more time in both the present and the future, compared with those who spent it on themselves or wasted it.

Study quote: Spending time on others makes people feel like they have done a lot with their time — and the more they feel they have done with their time, the more time they will feel they have.

So… Go do something for someone else. You’ll get more time back. Really!

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