Posts Tagged ‘time management’

Eat That Frog!

January 23, 2009

This lighthearted one-minute video is a good reminder to avoid procrastination at all costs. I remember laughing years ago when I first heard the aphorism, Eat a live frog the first thing in the morning, and nothing worse can happen to you the rest of the day.

Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy





I really like how motivational author and speaker Brian Tracy  uses the frog story to point out some valuable tips on time management. The frog example is (more…)

Rocks, Pebbles and Sand

September 14, 2008

I like this story a lot. It’s a great metaphor with a powerful message about time management and priorities.

 

ROCKS, PEBBLES AND SAND

jar-of-rocksA philosophy professor stood before his class with some items in front of him. When class began, he wordlessly picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks about two inches in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles, poured them into the jar and lightly shook it. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. The students laughed. He asked his students again if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

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Do You Ever Forget to Breathe?

August 20, 2008

stressed-out-office-workerEvery day, I remind myself to slow down and breathe.  I start taking a few deep breaths and then I promptly forget and go right back to being fast-paced Phil. It’s maddening! What’s even more disconcerting is that taking a long, deep breath feels foreign to me. That bothers me. A lot. I want to slow down my pace, slow down my rhythm, slow down my life and be fully present. I know how important it is to take in enough oxygen and to be, as Paramahansa Yogananda wrote, calmly active and actively calm. 

Just a few years ago, I was living a calm, peaceful life. Then a gust of busyness blew me off course and I haven’t yet found my way back, even though I know that living a spiritual life is inconsistent with moving and thinking at warp speed.

I came across a quote in a magazine article that nailed it: “A wise man never rushes.” It makes perfect sense—when you rush, when your mind is racing, you lose focus and you no longer are in the moment. Acting slowly and deliberately allows you to keep your awareness high and stay attuned to the divine current. 

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