There’s lots of talk these days around time management with the insight and realization being that our most finite resource is not money, but TIME. I teach about reflecting on the Urgent versus Important, reviewing our hours and putting them into various quadrants around productivity and thoughtfulness (which gets us back to our discussion last week about effectiveness and efficiency) but I diverge from my point.
This week I decided to try something different. I charted my time and wrote down what I did. And then, for each activity or behavior in that time, I asked myself WHY? Why was I doing that activity? Why did I do it over and over? And then I created another column next to the activity and asked myself the even deeper why of the why? Here’s the idea of the chart:
Time Segment by Why
It began to give me some really interesting insights about several things. It helped me see what was rote muscle memory and deep unconscious patterns. It helped me understand some of my deeper beliefs and attitudes. And it began to show me places where my oft put aside interests and curiosities continue to beckon, even if they seem far removed from my daily life. And then crazy creativity and energy rose up inside. Questions like, “what if” came up. What if I gave a little more time to that calling / that why and let go of some other things?
It’s a powerful thing when we allow ourselves to look at how we spend our time and ask ourselves why. And, it may lead nowhere or back to exactly where you are. Or, it may illuminate a memory, ignite a little spark of an idea or open a door to bring us back home to our authentic self in powerful, loving and wonderful ways. You never know until you try.
Here’s to a few minutes a day of breathing, allowing and seeing where our Why leads.