In your quest to keep pace with all that’s involved in planning a meeting, do you find yourself frequently preoccupied? It seems as if everyone is in overdrive these days. We don’t enjoy the morning, because we’re always in a rush, concerned about getting to work on time. We don’t enjoy our lunch, because we’re worried about what’s going to occur in the afternoon, or what needs to be done. We don’t enjoy the afternoon, because we’re thinking about how we have to pick up our children, get across town to attend a meeting, and then get back. We don’t enjoy the evening, because it goes by too fast.
How would your career and life be if you had the ability to tackle problems and challenges as they arise? What would it feel like to engage in conceptual thinking whenever you wanted or needed to? What if you had a sense of control and ease about each day? If all these components were a part of your life, you would be living in “real time.”
Role models among us
You may know meeting planners who live in real time, or who live out significant chunks of their life in real time. Who are these people? This the type of individual who stays in shape, has the time to take a phone call and actually knows the names of each of her children’s friends. This is the person who volunteers for, and takes an active role in, community organizations.
These are worthwhile achievements, elements of life within your potential. Take a look at the five components of living in real time and realize that each is within your grasp.
- Leave home each morning with grace and ease. Manage the beforehand by taking care of as many things as possible the night before. In the morning you only have to get bodies out the door. No need to have a mad rush, because you’ve got everything ready to go.
- Focus on the important issues regarding your meeting and those that impact your job or career. You have to pay homage to thesw issues and have the strength to ignore the less important. When you handle the important things, the others fall magically into place.
- Handle and address mail when it arrives. Keep piles from forming on your desk, and handle phone calls within 24 hours. No need to be inundated by too much mail, have piles that rise ever-higher on your desk or have a mounting number of calls to return.
- Enjoy a leisurely lunch. Know the importance of completing tasks, so that when you go to lunch, you’re at lunch. Take the time to chew slowly and carefully. Give up reading the newspaper, and focus on the food in your mouth. Old sensations may return. You actually enjoy your lunch, digest your food better and do better back on the job. What a deal!
- Depart from the workplace at normal closing hours. This goes hand-in-hand with feeling good about what you accomplish each day. Leaving on time is the single most important step toward permanently living in real time. When you use the magic phrase, “What do I need to accomplish by the end of the day to feel good about leaving on time?,” you have little excuse for leaving in a bad mood.