How to make the most of your time!

How do you stay focused on getting the best return on your investment of time without struggling with distractions that bog down most people?

They say, “Anything that causes you to OVERREACT or UNDERREACT” can control YOU and PROBABLY does! Wouldn’t you rather be in control than let something control you?

Mark Van Doren, an American poet, writer and critic, wrote, “There is one thing we can do, and the happiest people are those who can do it to the limits of their ability. We can completely present. We can be all HERE. We can … give all our attention to the opportunity before us!”

How do we do this, you ask? Managing commitments is the answer. Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Capture your “things to do” in a system that works
  2. Clarify what your commitment is and what you have to do to MAKE PROGRESS
  3. Keep reminders of them organized so you have to do them

Are you limiting your number of “LACK OFs?”

“Anxiety is caused by a LACK OF CONTROL, ORGANIZATION and ACTION,” David Kekich, an American human longevity advocate and author, wrote.

What if you could DEDICATE fully 100 percent of your attention to YOUR NAA business? What if you did this with YOUR own decisions and with NO DISTRACTIONS!!!???

It is possible … THERE IS A WAY … How do you have a MIND LIKE WATER … when a pebble hits it … it doesn’t OVERREACT or UNDERREACT.

Create a mind like water … just the right amount in your response … not too much, not too little. Don’t get too emotional … just move forward like water does. Your goal is to stay on the line. Keep moving forward.

Here is what Henry Bergson, a major French philosopher said: “Think as a man of ACTION, act like a man of thought.”


  1. You have NOT clarified EXACTLY what the intended outcome is
  2. You have NOT decided what the NEXT PHYSICAL action required is
  3. You don’t have reminders of the OUTCOME and ACTION is required in a system that you trust

Things are RARELY stymied because of LACK OF TIME, they get STYMIED because the doing of them has NOT been defined.

What do you need to do to be a success? What is a success?

Write down what you need to do, and write down what needs to be done. Have a reminder system to keep you accountable.

1. To do – knowing what you need to be doing, working on

2. Success – checking things off

3. Reminders – a system that makes sure I do what I’m supposed to do. This is massive for getting things done. It’s how you learn what works.

Exercise more control, take more action, and be more deliberate … no anxiety. I control my calendar but it controls me. I decide what goes on it and I am free to do what I want to. But, it’s what is on the calendar. It is how I keep growing and growing.

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler,” said Albert Einstein, a theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, effecting a revolution in physics. Make it as simple as possible. Don’t shortcut me or what I tell you. I know what works.

Sell, Recruit, Teach … those things get you paid!

Be your own lifeguard when it comes to important things … don’t get drown by dumb things you shouldn’t be doing, by people you shouldn’t be hanging around, etc.

Find successes and focus on them. Find failures and eliminate them.

Work on urgent things that are important and not things that are not urgent and not important.

You can’t do the wrong things, waste time on the wrong people, etc. and grow and be successful.

Be clear about your wins, find positives and spend more of your time with the right people.

NOTE: Most of this material is pulled from “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. To buy a copy of this book, please visit

2 thoughts on “How to make the most of your time!

  1. Jim Glascott

    Great words and advice to kick off the New Year!! Find and eliminate failures and focus on the positives and spend more time with the right people!! 2013 will be off the charts!!!

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