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A Fish Can’t Whistle and neither can I!
Sometimes things in your life show up at just the right time. Some time ago I was looking for a book recommended by a friend, it took me a month to track down a copy – seems it is the most stolen title in the Chapter’s Stores – they can’t keep it on the shelves – strange. My friend said I should read it because it had references to Personality Type. I am always looking for patterns that support or confirm the theory of type – and frankly everywhere I go I see relationships and patterns – and try to see how they fit. I was so engrossed in the ‘doing’ of looking for the patterns in this little book of wisdom that I almost missed the key message. Sometimes things don’t fit – they just are. Of course a fish can’t whistle – it is not in its nature – I can’t whistle either, although I could learn – I choose not to because I choose just to be me. If my environment made it necessary for me to whistle – I would spend a lot of time not being me – and doing something I don’t like to do – just like being in the wrong job or marriage. Most of us spend a lot of time trying to learn to whistle.
Can We Really Manage Time?
Of course not! Time is finite! We are allotted a certain amount of time each day, and it is up to us how we spend it. It is interesting that we use the word 'spend', since we know that our attitude regarding time is similar to that of money. We have a finite amount, no matter how rich or poor - and how we spend our money and time are in direct correlation to:
- Our Personality
- Our Upbringing
- How we are influenced by peers and family
- Our past experiences
- Our current behaviour
You have $86,400 To Spend!(Source 'More Games Trainers Play - Scannell/Newstrom - 1983)
Play along as we learn how we spend our time (click read more to play the game):
Your uncle Harry has left you $86,400 in his will, but Uncle Harry has made some stipulations, if they are not followed the inheritance goes to a shelter for unwanted ferrets.
a. The money must be spent with the next 24 hours;
b. Stores will be close for a major portion of this time.
c. You have to work tomorrow - your boss needs you.
You can get help from family, they can help you spend, or think about what they would like you to spend it on.
What will you spend the money on?
House? How much?
How I spent my Money?
Did I allow others to determine what I would buy? Why?
What type of purchases did I make?
So what does Uncle Harry's will have to do with time management? Each of us gets 86,400 seconds -- no more, no less every day -- and how you spend that time, or allow others to spend it for you, is what time management is all about. In fact, we cannot manage time per se, but we can manage our attitude toward time and how much of it we hold dear. This simple exercise can be very revealing about what our relationship with time is. We can begin to examine how we can allow others to claim our time.
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Knowing your Personality Dimensions mean never having to say “I’m Sorry”at work. Let’s face it communication at work (or anywhere for that matter) is a two way street. Often we are surprised at the messages we receive, or we can take offence. But, have you stopped to think how your receiver works? Ever been listening to the radio (I know ancient technology) – and you start to hear it crackle and fizz. The same thing applies when communication between two individuals occurs – our mental filters cram up the signals and trouble can occur. One of those mental filters (and there are many) is your hard wired personality type – layered on with life experience, we make mental judgments about others and their message as a result of these filters. Let’s look at the temperament model to see how this can play out.
What dream are you putting off because you simply don’t have the time? What one thing do you think you could do for 30m each day that would push you toward doing what you really want to do from what you have to do or what others think you should do? If there is a common theme I hear from clients and friends it’s this… “I would if I could, but I have to this first so I can make money.” Don’t get me wrong I am not any different, we all need to put food on the table, so we adopt roles or work that may not be our life’s dream – but does that mean you have to give up on it? NO!
Imagine you are cast adrift, in need of help, who would you call on? You don't need to be literally cast adrift, but oftentimes thats the way we feel at work, at home, in our businesses. Try this insightful coaching exercise.
My mother always told me to watch the company I kept – of course what did my Mom know? Seems she was right. Whether we like it or not we are influenced by the people we hang around with, and others judge us by the company we keep. Like it or not – it’s a reality. Our personality, which drives our values in large part will determine who we hang out with – this can be positive or destructive. If we only hang out with those who are ‘just like us’ – it can be limiting, as we support each other’s behaviours.
Try this FUN exercise – you choose whom you would have in your lifeboat if you were cast adrift, your compass out of whack – your oars overboard. This is such a useful exercise to use when you are at your lowest ebb (pardon the pun) and need to draw upon the people who most influence and support you in a positive way.
This is a great journal exercise – come back to it again and again to see if you choose the same people – you must choose 9 people – here are the rules:
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