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Extra Points: Fiercely Guarding Your Time #2

14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001This week’s focus point… Fiercely Guarding Your Time Edition #2

Last week, I resigned from my position on my local school board after 5 years, with 1 year remaining on my term. The reason was simple. I was taking my own advice.

Without getting too deep into the reasons, let’s just say that I found that some very noxious, combative, and disruptive individuals were negatively affecting my experience. After attempts to improve the situation, it became evident to me that things wouldn’t change, and I wasn’t able to put those by me. This was my discretionary time, and to that, end my decision was to dump baggage and fiercely guard and protect my time. It’s what I would have advised any coaching or mentoring client.

Your turn. What are you doing today that causes you stress or anxiety? What is wasting your valuable time with little return on that investment? Are you allocating that time to things that won’t advance your personal or professional goals? This is the time of year for self-assessment. Instead of thinking about resolutions to add things to your life, perhaps you should resolve to dump your own baggage.

I often hear from clients that they have no time and there is nothing that can be changed. This is never the case. There is time and it’s based on your priorities. Take time now to re-evaluate your priorities and fiercely guard your time to truly have enough to be “unleashed.”

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote –

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

~ E.M Forster


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  1. Debbie Wardrop
    October 13, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Good for you for living by your own words.
    Takes strength to do so.

  2. October 13, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Thanks, Debbie!

  3. Michelle Goerdel
    October 14, 2014 at 12:58 am

    I too have a board position I am leaving at year end due to a particularly toxic person. While he’s also getting off the board the whole experience left me scarred enough to not want to see if it got better!

  4. October 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Michelle. Good for you!

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