Few things in life are worth more than perspective. Overcharged agendas can push us to a point where we begin to lose direction. As management tool, planning is highly overrated. As personal philosophy, time management will just keep you sedated.
Run away from problems and they'll catch up with you
In periods of low
unemployment, when people burned out, doctors used to recommend taking a
long vacation. Getting away from everything was considered the ideal
means to regain perspective and figure out what is important in life.
are great, but physical distance for its own sake is a solution that
seldom works. Run away from problems and they will catch up with you at
night. Try to forget about reality and you will soon experience a loss
The truth is that, to gain perspective, human beings
don't require physical distance. The result from exotic travel, mental
estrangement, won't render our agendas less inconsistent. Peace of mind
can be based only on clear ideas and definite objectives.
comes from definition. Safety arises from prevention. Self-confidence
is built on balance. Of course, the problems lie on the opposite side.
Fear is made of images that we can't erase. Stress is the certainty of
living in a mess, while longing for magic solutions that we don't
possess. It is time for a turnaround.
How to move from inefficiency to focus
Most things that we do everyday are routines. How many of those
are tuned to serving our long-term objectives? Imagine what you would do
if you knew the precise day of your death. Go ahead and fix the date
yourself, for instance, your ninetieth birthday.
Count the time
that you have left, review your major priorities, and decide how many
hours you can afford to waste on non-essential tasks. One thousand? One
hundred? What about zero? Become focused in the way you allocate your
time. Drop everything that is leading you away from your goals.
The transition from worry to resilience
On the other hand, you still have lots of
time left. There is still plenty that you can achieve, irrespective of
difficulties and contingencies. Put your impatience aside and work
confidently towards your goals. With a sharp vision and calm
persistence, you will be able to reach most objectives on your list. In
the worst periods, perspective will feed your resilience; in the best
times, your brilliance.
Physical distance and psychological
tricks are not the way to gain perspective. Don't allow time management
to fill your life with empty commitments. Walking too fast won't do.
Walking too slow brings nothing but woe. Let go of excess baggage and
advance on your chosen path with serenity. Forget about fashions and
rediscover your true desire. Remember that every day, you can build a
For more information about rational living and personal development, I refer you to my book The 10 Principles of Rational Living
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