Carlsbad, CA--You know the phrase, if I only had more time. You've probably used it at some point in your life.
Weeks ago, I tore my calf muscle in a freak accident on the golf course. The recovery is slow and it forced me to have a three-month hiatus from golf. I was bummed initially, but then realized this gave me much more time to do some things I've always wanted to do.
The recent Coronavirus pandemic has done something similar to all of us. In an abundance of caution, like you, I've cancelled long-scheduled business and personal travel for the foreseeable future. This has given me much more time to do some other necessary things, and has opened up time to work via computer and phone to stay connected to clients and friends.
When the sports world abruptly halted in mid-March, I realized just how much time I spend watching sports, which I love, but this, too, has given me more time to focus on other things I've always wanted to do but never seemed to have the time to do.
You get my point. If we really want to have more time in our day, we need to carefully evaluate how we use our 24 hours instead of complaining that we don't have enough time. For the vast majority of us, our schedules are normally much too hectic, with little down time to do some special things we've always wanted or needed to do.
Now that our schedules have become more relaxed, it opens up time to do some other things. Maybe we should try evaluating the use of our time a little more often.
Bill Boyajian of Bill Boyajian and Associates, Inc. is the author of Developing the Mind of A Leader, and consults for top firms in the gem and jewelry industry. Read his blog here or contact him at (310) 691-9562, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or log onto www.mindofaleader.com.