Leveraging Invisible Assets
When we look at our busy day, week or month, it's easy to get overwhelmed by what we have coming up with a "how the heck am I going to get all this done?" mindset. But, in juggling a wide range of activities, when I frequently experience that, it always turns out fine - I discover a lot more wiggle room in how my schedule unfolds than I could ever imagine. It's partly because there is always invisible and unexpected spare time in how my jam packed calendar unfolds:
- I arrive early for meetings and conference calls because I allowed plenty of contingency time and got lucky that it took me less time than I allowed (partly because I always allow plenty as part of my commitment to move mountains to never be late).
- I find that big projects take less time than the personal work time I blocked out in my calendar (partly because I always try to "front-end" complex projects and tasks, especially those painful ones I am prone to procrastinate on - when I eventually get around to the time I have set aside for them or I come down to the wire, just-in-time, I find that my mind is magically more prepared than I could ever have imagined).
- I find that dead time is more productive than ever, processing in parallel when I am getting from one place to another - driving between home and work in the morning and evening (I have found various perfectly safe ways to capture my thoughts, audibly via my smart phone for instance) and, in similar ways, getting between one meeting and another, and one thing and another in the flow of my day.
- I am amazed at the power of my mind, especially when I front-end things and use the spare time/parallel time which presents itself, to figure things out subconsciously. I have learned how to leverage that, in particular with The Power of Visual Thinking, which allows me to "see" a problem in my mind's eye. That allows my subconscious mind to keep working on it in the background and be more prepared when I put aside time to work on it in the foreground.
The 1% Solution
Does your calendar make visible the 5th weeks? In my experience, these 5th weeks remain invisible for many people. Not for me. Through 2015 already, with my annual calendar on my wall mentioned above, and very soon I'll be doing the same with a 2016 calendar and also in my electronic calendar, I have made visible the 5th weeks. They are a precious asset. For many people they just blend in invisibly as just another ordinary week, nothing special.