Each one of us has 24 hours the we are responsible for. We have each hour to martial, manage and command.
Each one of those hours is responsible for 60 minutes under their management. The challenge is, every hour depends on the previous hour for its success or failure. If too many hours are not fully in control of their minutes...it makes the next hour's work that much harder.
So here's what you do.
First: You have hours that are dedicated for sleep. That's all they are for. They're good at what they do as they have conditioned each minute to work on recharging and nurturing you. There should be no less than 6 hours in charge of this task.
Second: there's an hour that is good at firing you up and planning your day. This is your Hour of Power. The minutes within this hour are all working in concert to help you plan, visualize, do affirmations and mediate. These minutes are critical as they will set the tone of the day.
Third: There's an hour or two that are perfectly suited for health and vitality. The minutes here will push you through your cardio, get you from one weight machine to the next, and push you through your reps. It will also provide your discipline for the healthy intake of your calories.
Fourth: The 4th set of hours are designed for work and productivity. These hours are known to be temperamental, moody and prone to be undisciplined. The minutes within these hours tend to run-amuck with distraction if you let them. However, if they are given structure and boundaries and expected outcomes they can be very effective as a team (See Hour of Power for help here).
The Fifth: The 4th set of hours is for your learning, growing and loving. Each hour here can make all the difference in the world about how you show up for your family, your relationship, your children, your friends and for yourself.
Some of these hours are interchangeable and can be slotted in at key times to be most effective. When all the hours are doing what they were assigned to do, life unfolds magically. Ease and grace becomes part of the harmony created. These hours and the minutes within them are here to do your bidding. However, like anything, if there are no boundaries, structure or discipline, these hours can create a living hell for you.
You are the CEO of your life...Get out your day planner or calendar and have a team meeting with all 24 of your hours.
Make sure each hour knows what its assignments are. Get them all on the same page so that they can work together. Instil the importance of each hour's tasks is to the next one so that they see the power of working as a team. If one hour fails to produce then the preceding hours are going to have to work that much harder or just get pissed off and revolt. It can be a cascading reaction and then that Day is totally shot.
In the short term, you'll have to micro manage your hours with their minutes. Those minutes are sneaky as hell so they have to be constantly supervised, motivated and inspired until they get that they are a key part of the big picture. Get those minutes to buy-in to the big vision, "The WHY" and they'll become your minions to get it done!
I'll leave you with this final thought: We each have a love tank that is fully charged and ready to go when we start our day. Each hour is assigned a bit of this love to disperse. The task is to give away all the love in this tank that we can so we can fill it up when our day is done.
Make sure there's a few minutes that are assigned to disperse that love back to you. Those happy little minutes are your super stars...treat them as such.
Time is something we all have in common. It's what we do with it that sets us apart. Now go be an awesome commander and chief of your hours...they're awaiting your orders.
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