More Time for You
A Powerful System to Organize Your Work and Get Things Done
Authors: Rosemary Tator, Alesia Latson
Pub Date: August 2010
Print Edition: $18.95
Print ISBN: 9780814416471
Page Count: 240
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The bane of my existence has always been the management (or
in my case, the mismanagement) of time. I have struggled with
finding time to ‘‘do it all.’’ In high school and college, I was notorious
for pulling all-nighters to study or write papers (a habit I have
not outgrown). When I started my career, I was often the last to
leave the office. As a consultant, I am challenged to travel, facilitate
workshops, undertake project work, address client needs, prospect
for new clients, and write for a living. In addition to nurturing my
marriage and caring for my family, there is all the stuff of life:
friends, holidays, parties, errands, bills, exercising, piano practice,
classes, reading, theater, vacation, thank-you notes, e-mail, tax
preparation, and so on. For me, it all can get daunting. I’m embarrassed
to tell you how many flights, trains, appointments, and opportunities
I’ve missed. How many times I’ve run out of gas. How
many birthdays, anniversaries, and events that I wanted to attend,
but forgot about. How many books and articles I haven’t read; movies
and plays that I haven’t seen; classes that I haven’t taken; or
trips and sporting events that I haven’t enjoyed—not because I
didn’t have the time (trust me, I’ve had plenty of time to do these
things), but because I didn’t appropriate the time. I was neither designing
my days consciously nor creating my life purposefully. This
proven system to organize your work and get things done, the system
that Rosemary and I share in this book, is the result of our
own experience and exploration into finding a way to manage our
busy lives to be fulfilling—not just full of things to do.
Is my life perfect? No. Far from it. Am I late for the occasional
meeting or appointment? Yes. Do I do everything I want to do? Not
always. But do I have a great life? Yes! Not because I get everything
done that I want to do in a day, week, month, or year, but because
I’ve designed it to be full of the stuff of life that means the most to
me. And that couldn’t happen without the system that we’ll introduce
to you in this book. So settle in and buckle up. It’s going to be
a great ride!
For most of my life, I have taken on more and more projects,
events, and things to do than there is time to do them. As soon as
I get into a project, I see all these resources and people that could
enhance the project, and I add them to my already-bulging schedule.
I come by this honestly. I consider myself a ‘‘professional multitasker’’
and have been at it since my childhood. As the oldest of
seven children, I learned from the best of the best: Back then,
multitasking meant finding one child’s mittens while sending the
other one out the door, while telling my mother, ‘‘Everything is all
set.’’ And it continued into my career. I hate to admit it, but I actually
trained people to hire others based on how well they could
Adding to my ‘‘condition’’ is my high-energy, upbeat, ‘‘I can do
it’’ attitude. At first blush, this characteristic of mine may sound
like a great blessing and a benefit in accomplishing things in life.
Perhaps it would be, were I in control of it. You see, these qualities
affect not only me but other people, too. At times everyone around
me is spinning with me at the speed of light. As exciting as this
experience may be in the moment, and as great as the ‘‘high’’ may
be for pulling things off once again, as my husband says, ‘‘Dear, this
is totally unsustainable.’’ You can just about predict the forgotten
messages, the missed thank-you notes, and the settling for less than
what would have been possible if I had been more realistic with my
time. My inability to deal with twenty-four hours in a day and 168
hours in a week has been a major cause of angst throughout my life
The processes and practices that Alesia and I share in this book
are a direct result of our own experiences, struggles, and triumphs.
We not only write about these practices and coach and train people
in them, but we live by them, too. This system of practices ‘‘grounds
me.’’ I face the reality of the time available to me as never before.
It supports me in remembering that I truly can only do one thing
well at a time. Making choices has become a natural part of my day
now, and my reliability has greatly increased. I have the time to
focus on what I say is most important. I’m still an optimistic person,
but now a much more realistic one also.
As you make your way through the book, try these practices on
for size and make them your own. This is your one life.
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