When you run yourself ragged by just trying to keep up with the demands of your current job and your present-day life, you are essentially treading water. Every day at work, you have the opportunity to learn new skills, sharpen existing skills, and gain new perspective on how to do things better. Unfortunately many of us aren’t taking the time to process the information and get ahead of the game. We are always playing catch up. It’s like we’re eating a meal and then frantically moving on to the next meal without taking time to digest. We meet demand after demand, just hoping that one day things will magically get a little easier. When we see the signs of distress showing up in our lives, we often crash and say, “I need a vacation,” and run that much faster until a crisis forces us to actually take one.
A Bigger Picture Over Time
On a bigger scale, many of us do this until the age of 65, or whatever age at which we plan to retire. We go ballistic for 45 years of our working life and then come to a crashing halt in retirement. This “all or nothing’ mentality and mindset can really burn us out, especially when our time is out of control. Organization tools, like Quality Time Living, will give you more control over your time more than you have ever had before; and, your choices will be driven by quality of life motivation.
The Timelessness Attitude
When you do what you love and enjoy your life, you experience a sense of timelessness. One hundred years will fly right by; yet, you will be present for every minute of it. If you are doing work that you love, have good health, and have a life filled with solid and loving relationships, you are very close to being there. But you must still change your perception of time to optimize the impact of your minutes. Otherwise, your life can easily devolve into any of the negative patterns—with negative consequences such as divorce and ill health. Without the concepts and vision in place, and without the structure to achieve the balance, even under the best of circumstances, you will not optimize your 100 Year Lifestyle.