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More heart, less clock

Machen MacDonald
Special to The Union

Machen MacDonald

How would your life be different if you could take time out of the equation? Imagine knowing that all the important projects and tasks you need to get done would get done when they needed to be done in the best way possible. Further, imagine yourself living in a world where you have all the time you need to get done whatever needs to get done. Success leaves clues, and this is how highly productive people think about time, or should I say, "Don't think about time."

To say it differently, the best of the best focus on the heart of the matter and know the clock is not what matters. They, in essence, segment their efforts throughout the day, week, month and years to make progress in achieving their vision. They have a clear vision of what they are passionate about and direct their energies toward its achievement. They actually view things as a game — a game they can win because they make up the rules as it relates to time.

Think about it. If a baseball team puts up more points in more innings, they win the game. Rather than focusing on the whole game or 54 outs, they chunk the game into segments comprised of three outs. They don't have a time limit per se. Similarly, a football team focuses on four plays to move the ball 10 yards. In football, there is more of a time element. It appears there are four, 15-minute quarters in a game. However, it takes three hours, including half time, to conclude a game.

Things are not always what they appear when it comes to time. Obviously, the intention is to win the overall game, and they trained to be prepared to do just that. However, when an athlete steps on the field or court, they know they can only win the game one play at a time. Pick any sport, and you will see that it is some how segmented.

The question is, how can you segment your work, which must be done, in a way to fit any time constraints. Keep in mind Parkinson's law, which states: Work will expand to fit the time allowed for its completion. This is where you make the rules.

First find your passion — the heart of the matter. Ask yourself, "What is my big game I want to win?"

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Next, identify and segment the projects and actions so that they add up to you winning your game while allowing you to feel like you are making progress along the way.

Finally, realize that it's not just the heart of the matter (your big game) that is important but also the hearts of the people you are working with and serving. Make time for them to be at their best while doing your best to not watch the clock. Consider that part of your game is to make the hearts of others feel special. Hearts that feel special will help you win your big game.

Make it up, make it fun and make it happen!

Machen P. MacDonald, CPCC, CCSC is a certified life and business coach with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley. He helps business people gain more confidence and clarity to live their ideal life. He can be reached at and 530-273-8000.

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