“The best futures get created in the present moment.”
– Steve Chandler in Time Warrior
I just finished reading the last “time management” book I’ll ever need.
Actually, referring to Time Warrior by Steve Chandler as that kind of book is a misnomer. Because it’s so much more.
Chandler nails the culprits that prevent us from getting the most from each day, such as:
- A need to please and be liked by others
- Self-doubts about our ability to get organized or accomplish our goals
- Wrong-headed belief that procrastination is a permanent character defect
- Lack of a strong purpose or mission
- Failure to simply get started on the first step of a project
The solutions Chandler outlines are simple yet brilliant, and they’re EASY to implement. A few examples…
Chandler challenges the reader to consider that poor time management is always a problem of belief. What thought are you believing about a specific task or project that makes you unwilling to even start?
If you’re not open to challenging the assumptions and beliefs you carry around, you’re more likely to continue suffering from procrastination. Unexamined self-doubt and fears can paralyze your mind and body.
We know it’s important to give our full attention to the task at hand, without interruptions or distractions. But I tend to think I need to move fast or speed up to get more done. Chandler advises relaxing and slowing down.
He illustrates with a powerful story of a coaching client who booked a $3,000 speech with a company and then started rushing around looking for new business in other organizations. Steve encouraged him to slow down and think about this one company, to consider other ways he could be of service. The man set up meetings with other executives in the organization and asked questions that uncovered additional needs. As a result of these interactions, he expanded his work to a full year with twenty times the original income. Just by slowing down and taking time to focus on this one client.
Also, achieving focus in your work requires boldness. You have to be willing to say “no” to anything that interferes with the objectives you've identified.
Chandler stresses that action is always the answer. And he makes it easy to get started by encouraging you to devote just three minutes to your task. This prevents you from finding reasons to put it off.
The more things you complete, the more energy you have. Procrastination drains your energy – you’re preoccupied with thinking instead of doing. You’re worrying and experiencing negative feelings related to the thing you don’t want to do. If you just jump in and finish one piece, your energy shifts.
Keep it creative and simple by asking, whenever you feel stuck: What needs to be done now in these three minutes?
You only have NOW. Fear comes from living in the future in your mind.
Steve Chandler has often found that his clients’ greatest opportunities are right in front of them…in the very next conversation they’re about to have. But they will miss seeing it, much less take advantage of it, if they’re preoccupied pursuing their “better future.”
You can start fresh every day, creating the future you want now and commit to living it today.
Eliminate overwhelm by thinking about just the one thing you are working on at this moment.
“A time warrior is a peaceful warrior still. Peacefully taking a sword to all those negative, frightening, depressing thoughts that are automatically believed…so that a great, timeless active day can be created.”
– Steve Chandler