Do you have a desire to spend more time giving to others but you don’t know where the time is going to come from? Have you tried several time management approaches all of which gave limited results or didn’t last beyond a few weeks or days? I had the same problem and so did my friend David.
David Perdew has just written a new book called “Bad Dad: 10 Keys to Regaining Trust”, is developing and teaching an online course, makes time for his family, and works a full-time job. Some students in his class have recently stated they don’t know how he does it all. I recently talked with David about his “secret.” It was no surprise that he has learned what I have.
You need to determine what your values and life purpose are and then spend your time doing those things that are most important to fulfilling them. Everything else should be delegated to someone else or not done at all. If giving to others is high on your list of values, you will make the time to do it more and feel great about it.
I spent the energy to determine my values and life purpose in my mid-forties. Some people might think I was going through a mid-life crisis (or man-o-pause as my friend Nick would call it). You are never too young or old to take your life purpose seriously.
The following two books were very useful to me and I highly recommend them both:
- “The Power To Be Your Best” by Todd Duncan
- “The Purpose-Driven Life” by Rick Warren
If you don’t know your life purpose at this point in your life, you need to take the time to discover it. It will be a life changing experience.
We always seem to be in a rush nowadays. So how can you find the time to spare to meditate? There are so many other things competing for our time that we always seem to be in a rush. Food and coffee on the go, speaking on the cell phone while doing other things, typing away at the computer whilst on the phone to a work colleague.
So how on earth can we devote even 15 or 20 minutes a day to simply meditating?
Initially it may seem an uphill struggle. But you find a few minutes every day to brush your teeth and a meditation session is just as essential for your overall health.
Maybe getting up a few minutes earlier would work for you? Or, if you’re an evening person, the last few minutes before you go to sleep. A lot of people find this to be one of the best times to meditate as it puts them into a calm, relaxed state. Perfect for a good night’s sleep.
If you can’t devote the time every day to meditation, then consider becoming a weekend meditator. Oftentimes, Saturdays and Sundays are not quite as hectic as the rest of the week. So you may be able to regularly spend time on a meditation session. You’ll still get a benefit from these sessions.
There are also times during the day that you can re-work to make the time to meditate.
If you watch the news, skip it! The news will still happen and if something important crops up, someone will tell you about it. This works well for me – I catch up on the news weekly and have yet to suffer withdrawal symptoms from my previous daily dose of news.
If you have a television recorder, use it to skip the adverts. That will free up 15 minutes or more per hour of television you watch.