More Time is Less Time

On May 22, 2013, in Time Management, by Doug Ramsay
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Greetings, All. I hope this post finds you in good health. My life has changed dramatically recently. Like many in this economic climate, I am now a member of the job search community as of six weeks ago. Yes, the dreaded layoff.

Pareto Principle

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Suffice it to say, after the initial shock and regrouping (mentally) into job search mode, I finally settled in to the fact that I will indefinitely have more time on my hands. In terms of dealing with a to-do list everyday, it would seem like I should NEVER have an issue accomplishing more. To heck with Pareto’s Rule (I smugly said to myself).

Interestingly enough, I found that I have so much that I should (and want to do), that it has proved to be almost more difficult to accomplish things than when I was spending eight-plus hours in the office every day. Each day so far, without a schedule as tight as I had been maintaining while employed, seems to be flying by! More time is actually less time…wha??

What I learned is that even with (supposedly) more time on my hands, I’ve still got to hit the ground running and keep systems in place to help me structure my day. I’ll need to continue to rely on helpful reminders. My pastor delivered a sermon last week that resonated with me. He said: “Redeem the time, make good use of it — for it’s precious” and “No one should have lazy days.” For the most part, I tend to agree with those statements, barring a day on the white sands of Negril Beach in Jamaica. ;-))

So, right now, how I manage my time as I jump into job-hunting and career re-transitioning are my priorities. I know that my time will best serve me when managed efficiently.

Have you experienced a transition that threw your time management off kilter? Please share in the comments.

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  • calandrabranch

    Great post Doug. Here’s to time well spent! I suspect you will do great things during your re-organized time.

  • Ellen Delap

    Love that you are keeping a structured approach to your day.
    It will all come together!

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