Taking time… The slow dance

I recently read the book ‘the 4-hour work week’ by Tim Ferriss, which for someone working for an organisation offers some interesting concepts to apply… It’s essentially about rethinking the traditional paradigm of the 21st century work week for most knowledge workers. I won’t go into all the details here, however it is definitely worth a read and if you run you own business I think will offer a number of opportunities to become more efficient.

I work with businesses to help them make better quality decisions by improving the information available to them. The 4-hour work week has really made me think not just about how I could support in simplifying information but also in how I personally manage time… One section in the book really struck a chord with me however, when referring to how you manage your time and what you do with it. Using Parkinson’s Law as an example Tim explained how work and activities can too often take up the time available rather than time boxing activities off to deliver in set periods and plan in a balance of activities.

He quoted the below poem to demonstrate the lives many of us leave, leaving me with question to answer and change

“Can hear the music?”

Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.
”Do you run through each day
On the fly?”
When you ask “How are you?”
Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?
You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.
Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
Cause you never had time
To call and say “Hi”?
You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.
When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift….Thrown away.
Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.

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