My Story of Time
I have been fascinated with time my whole adult life. It started right out of college when I took a job as a Project Manager. Managing large teams for multinational clients across a host of time zones meant being in early and leaving late. Weekdays were intense. In that role, I scheduled every minute of every working day. I was so exhausted by Friday that the weekend was basically to recover for the next week.
Then I got promoted and took on more responsibility and other people’s pressures. Weekends got that bit shorter. I invested significant time in becoming Mr. Productivity but it still wasn’t enough. To do lists got longer and never-ending. My relationship with time was that it had to be lived at full-speed all the time. I really didn’t have anyone to call on to chat through what might be right for me and ultimately elected to speed up.
That was when an idea for a start-up with some friends came along. With the time to market monkey on our backs there was rarely any downtime. Weeks now had seven work days. We became less creative, more stuck in our ideas and ultimately less productive. It also took a toll personally but the treadmill kept moving so I kept running.
Until one day I realised I had control over the speed of the treadmill. That was a good day! In fact, my wife and I embraced every cliché possible and went to live on a beach and raise our kids in an environment where we could spend meaningful time with them. That didn’t mean life didn’t have its deadlines or time pressures. In fact, in the meantime, I have founded and managed a number of businesses with my wife but we always kept the lens of “why are we doing this” close by and a keen sense of how to use time to create as many moments as possible each and every day. It is an ongoing journey of judging when it makes sense to slow down and when to benefit from speeding up and it is one I would love to share with you.