Making quality time to think
What happens when you have a structure for this process A personal story… The end of year and the start of a new year is a great opportunity for a clean slate, and making a declaration that will really serve you for 12 months. Don’t waste this opportunity. Make an effort to not just make some time for this, but to set it up properly, honouring the importance of this. Mike Green from Torbay Packaging could easily have cancelled our meeting in the busyness of December. But he made the time to sit with me in my office to reflect on the bigger picture.
Mike created a theme at the start of 2023, in the aftermath of Covid and then the loss of his father. What he named ‘Restoring the Love’ caused him to get back onto the front foot and invest his energies into promoting his business.
This month he talked out loud what he was thinking – the struggle of finding regular time to work ‘on the business’. “My father always used to say ‘never give anything away for free – people don’t value it’. You know what? I give my time away for free, and my time is valuable! That is going to be my theme for 2024, ‘My Time is Valuable’“. It sounds an obvious statement. but when made as a powerful and personal declaration, it creates the context for subsequent clear decision making. What to say ‘yes’ to, and especially what to say ‘no’ to. For example when time allocated for working on the business is challenged by the lure to get back into the weeds of the business.
Start a good new habit in 2024 by making a small amount of formal time for thinking about what’s really important to you. Make a declaration – out loud, and share it. Then follow this up with a physical structure to to keep you on track when the inevitable challenges arrive. And don’t do this alone. Please get in touch to set up a face to face meeting to do it with me, no commitment or fee, in the all important first 2 weeks of January.
You can then choose whether to use me as the structure to keep you focused and on track this year, with your version of ‘My time is valuable’.