9 Jun

“Do you value life? Then waste not time, for that is the stuff of which life is made.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

This challenge has helped remind me that time is the real currency of life. Anything you obtain in life can be valued by how much time you’ve spent to acquire it.
By now if you have stuck to your chunking regime you may have started to see a few patterns.
Being the hyper-visual freak that I am I felt the need to colour-code all my little chunked blocks (NO – I was not procrastinating!).
By highlighting the tasks into common colours e.g.
 Flying colours
Red – Correspondence – emails, phone calls
Green – Networking/socializing (on & offline)
Yellow – Photographic work
Pink – Writing
Blue – Relaxation/meditation/exersize/eating
Black – Sleep
You get the point.
By doing this something became very obvious…I have been drowning in a sea of red! My page was completely imbalanced – too much red and green and not enough blue and black!
By colour coding my blocks I gained a great sense of clarity on areas I need to pay more attention to; and helped define areas that were my ‘Everests’, that I would avoid and others that I really enjoyed.
It’s no surprise that the things that I enjoyed are generally the things that I am good at, that come naturally to me – but what was surprising was just how little time I actually dedicated to doing these things.
I’ve been so bogged down in all the peripherals I have been neglecting my true passions and had forgotten that only by discovering your innate strengths…by developing them…exploiting them to their highest degree–can you ever fully realize the greatest amount of satisfaction and enjoyment in everything you do.
If you put your best natural talents to work for you, you can unleash your potential. The result: you do more of what you love, while making more money and enjoying more free time! The first step: reveal your natural talents.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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We discussed the importance of being yourself earlier in the year on the post entitled 2011 Trends; how authenticity gives us power, freedom and helps life to work, and yet we can often give it up without even noticing.
I am happy to say that this is a trend that is only growing momentum in 2011 and I believe is here to stay.
I hope this challenge is providing as much clarity and value for you as it is for me.
I’d love to hear how you are trekking along – are you climbing those foothills of your Everest? Or am I out in this wilderness alone?

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