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The Aberration of a Day

Is it possible there is a difference in the amount of time in a 24-hour period, depending on who you are? Huh? I’ve met many people who attest to this aberration in time and space, for there are never enough hours for them to perform the tasks to which, either they have been assigned, or they have assumed. Yet others, theoretically having the same amount of time in their 24-hour period, finish all their tasks, and often take on those of another.

I’ve worked extensively with people throughout my lifetime and have seen this series of developments demonstrated repeatedly. Work with enough people–no matter their gender, their socio-economic standing, their age, their creed, their race–and I believe you will observe the same phenomenon. Thus springs the truism that has become the mantra of those who manage people: Want a job done? Give it to a busy person.

You probably fit into one of these two categories, although you may from time to time cross over the lines. Over at Pick The Brain, I found this great article 7 Ways to Grow the Action Habit that will help all of us, no matter our take on the amount of time in a 24-hour period. I’m listing the points here, although you will want to go over and read the entire article, I am sure.

7 Ways to Grow the Action Habit

1. Don’t wait until conditions are perfect.

2. Be a doer.

3. Remember that ideas alone don’t bring success.

4. Use action to curb fear.

5. Start your creative engine mechanically.

6. Think in terms of now.

7. Get down to business immediately.

How about you? Any confessions? Do you feel you have a short changed day? Is it that you just have too much to do? Have you taken on too many responsibilities? Are you a procrastinator?

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By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

10 replies on “The Aberration of a Day”

Neither, I simply mean that there are some tasks that I do not really enjoy doing and would rather put them off, hoping maybe they will go away. That is wishful thinking though and I find that if I do that they just take longer to get it done. 🙂

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Good morning, Jana.

I’ve heard of people who believe they actually do better work when pressed with a deadline, and that they just can’t bring themselves to get down to business until they have no more time. Just seems to be their MO. There you have it, though, an impressive gpa…can’t quarrel with that.

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I agree with Helen. I tend to consider the things I need done and set a goal of how much of the job I can do today. I may not finish the project, but I have made progress and feel good that I reached my intended goal for the day. My husband is a procrastinator and it drives me nearly insane. How he ever achieved such a high gpa in university I will never know! He always pushed the limits – sometimes waking at 4am to complete a paper due at 9am. UGH! I would have a coronary just thinking what might happen if I ran out of ink, paper, etc.

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My thesis advsor (and mentor) once told me the key to getting a lot done was “not to work hard but to work steady.” I think he’s right. I try to pace myself but to keep making progress.

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No need to say oops, Anna. I love it when you come by and post. One of my goals is that my posts will be interesting enough so that people will comment; perhaps at times having differing opinions.

I’m taken with your second paragraph “I find when I am loaded to the max that I tend to step up to bat much more efficiently than when I am just swinging along on things at my own pace.”

That’s interesting and I find it to be true in my own life.

I’m a little puzzled by this statement: “wish that I could procrastinate sometimes, and know that I could easily become a procrastinator.” I understand the last part. By the first part of the sentence do you truly mean you desire to be a procrastinator or that you are afraid you will become one?

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Hi Sis. Buxton,

They taught us in Human Relations that it takes 3 weeks to create a habit. I find that interesting as sometimes it seems to take a lifetime to break a habit. I have found the 3 week mark to be pretty accurate though, for me at least. Time management is an incredible demon, for some, to conquer. If one ever does so though, what an amazing amount of things they can accomplish.

I find when I am loaded to the max that I tend to step up to bat much more efficiently than when I am just swinging along on things at my own pace.

I wish that I could procrastinate sometimes, and know that I could easily become a procrastinator. However, I am learning that what I put off for a day may take me a month to catch up and depending on it’s importance may never get done at all. So, I figure it’s just best to do it when it needs to be done.

Being a student, working a full-time job, teaching a class, directing music at church, teaching Sunday School, and heading the education committee in addition to just living life sometimes leaves me seriously overwhelmed. I carry 3 agendas typically for all of my different hats, but have learned that for me to be a decent person I have to take time for myself now and then. So, I do! I am becoming better at saying “no.” I just don’t want to get so good at it that I cannot meet a need, especially a kingdom minded or spiritual one.

I have absolutely no regrets about staying busy and involved. But, sometimes do feel like I am pulled in a million directions. God helps me and I’m so glad!:)

AE

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I am a do-it-now kind of person. Sometimes this works to my own detriment, because I act before I think. I know I will die with things I want to do, but this is not a bad thing. There are more books to read, movies to watch, patterns to cross stitch, poems to write, flowers to plant, pies to bake . . . than I can ever do. I try to do what needs to be done in an unrushed manner (and on time) and enjoy the life I am living. I try not to make a disease out of performing daily tasks.

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