It’s About Time

As years end and new ones begin, we get reflective about time . . . what we accomplished during the twelve months just ended, and how we’re going to spend our time in the upcoming 365 days.

Nearly universally, though, most of us agree we don’t have enough time. Yet if anything in this world is “equal opportunity,” it’s time. We each get 365 days a years; and each day, unwaveringly, presents each of us with 24 hours, and each hour delivers 60 minutes, and each minute supplies 60 seconds. There are no exceptions to that rhythm.

Why is it then that some people seem to achieve so much with their time (haven’t we all marveled at how the “busiest” people we know appear to juggle their schedules so effortlessly?), and others live in a state of constant overwhelm, with meetings and tasks and obligations coming at them so fast they barely have time to react?

The people who accomplish more with their time have learned to “slow down the pitch.” Think about it.  Just as a great hitter makes mental and physical adjustments to slow down the speed of a 90-mile per hour ball hurtling toward the plate, some people are able to do that with their time. They have learned to be in control, to really see the ball coming and create the mental perception that the ball is arriving at the plate slower, giving themselves time to recognize the pitch and react appropriately.

So, as we start 2013, consider techniques for “slowing down the pitch” this year so you can actually accomplish more:

  1. Stand deeper in the batter’s box (better positioning).
  2. Visualize yourself successfully hitting a home run.
  3. Take a pass on some of the things that are pitched up to you because they’re not in your strike zone.
  4. Keep your eye on the ball. While multitasking may appear to be a key to getting more things done, study after study shows it isn’t. Push away all your other tasks and focus on the “ball.” The pitch will slow down and you’ll see the ball much more clearly.
  5. Don’t overcomplicate what’s on your plate. Get out there and enjoy the game. When batters are tense and worried, their muscles tighten up, they can’t connect with the ball, and they don’t get on base.

We wish each of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year . . . and remember to have some fun while you’re swinging at those pitches this year!

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About Smart Companies Thinking Bigger®

Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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