Editorial: Charge into the new year by taking your time

“This is a saying I like to use: It’s not how many things you start that make you successful; it’s how many worthwhile things you finish.”

– Time management expert Peter Turla

Looking back over the past year, I sat and wondered – where had the time gone?

The years seem to be flying by at a fast pace, and 2017 was no exception.

Most in the community have enjoyed a Christmas break and many have had a little time off to recharge the batteries and get things done that we had left on the shelf, in the shed, under the bed or on the back burner.

Some travelled, some spent time with family, and some just took time out for themselves. I also think of the people who had to work over the Christmas break.

It is important to take time back and leave a little each day for ourselves.

Your mind will absorb only so much information on a day-to-day basis, just as your body can only sustain so much activity and energy daily, too.

As I look ahead to the new year and figure out the best way to tackle this ‘time’ issue, I also remember to ‘plan and complete’.

By this, I suggest a simple thing, such as making a list and ticking off the completed tasks one by one. You should find that, at the end of the list, you will have a little more time before you need to make a new one.

Another feelgood task is to write a letter to someone you haven’t seen for a long time. Have you ever had a pen pal? Yep, sure, we can all send text messages to each other – quick and easy – but try the pen-to-paper trick. You may get a surprise.

Letter-writing, whether by hand or by keyboard, will make you sit for a while to think and compose; and the letter’s recipient will also have to sit for a while with your letter as they peruse and review your thoughts. 

It may take time to write a letter, and certainly time to read it, but it’s not time lost, but time regained.


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