Summertime Thinking

Sitting under the ol’ apple tree (or cloud, or beach umbrella). . .

Do you have enough time for the things that you really want to do? How can you make room for them?

The first place to look is where you are spending time now. You may want to ask yourself some important questions:

  •  Are you spending time on things that use your unique talents?
  •  Are you spending time on things that you really care about?
  •  Are you spending time on things that you have a real passion for?
  •  Ask yourself what you want to look back on in your life.
  •  Are you an “Activity Packrat?” The term is from Harold Taylor, the time management guru. And what are you modeling for the kids?
  •  Are you spending time on things that are more important than
    • your sleep?
    • your important relationships?
    • your peace of mind?
    • your relaxation? (We all need some time to do “nuttin’”)
    • your creativity (It needs space to flourish.)?
    • the luxury of having some time to say, “Hmmm. What would I like to do?”

Then, to start clearing your schedule, subtract before you add:

  • What have I outgrown? (It’s easy to let go of those things if you are true to yourself, and deal constructively with people who may want to see you continue in the same role.)
  • Who else can do this instead of me?
  • Set deadlines to be finished with it.

After clearing out your schedule, you have made new space to live!

So ask yourself. . .

  • What am I looking forward to?
  • How will I make it happen?
  • When will I get started?
  • What is the best use of my time? (May include relaxation)
  • Will I leave some time open? How much? How often?
  • How will I feel if I don’t live the life I really want?
  • How will I feel if I do!?!?!

You make all the choices! Is each one taking you closer to where and Who you
want to be?

Happy Summer, happy rejuvenation!

To your Quality of Life,


nancyNancy Hagan, Effective Executive LLC, works with business leaders who want to be more effective and productive, and focus on their highest priorities. Please contact Nancy at or (513) 899-9949. For information about workshops and other services, visit