The Circle of Life

As the official first day of summer approaches, many of us mark time using the seasons as a point of reference. However, there aren’t many calendars (that I know of) that reflect this kind of thinking.

I see the year as a circle. January is at the top and it’s dark blue. February and March are green, while May and June are orange. July and August are at the bottom of the circle and are bright yellow. You get the idea.

I decided to create a calendar that looks at the year the same way I do. Have you ever considered making a calendar that matches your way of seeing the year?


The Circle of Life

All The Time

Pay phones, typewriters, and snail mail are three things that were once extremely popular, but now are seldom used–replaced by smart phones, computers, and e-mail. These changes have changed the way we work. It used to be we worked from 9-5, in an office, on weekdays. Now, the lines are blurred between work days and off days. Life balance is something we once strived for, but now is obsolete.

To pine for pay phones, typewriters, and snail mail are fine, but it doesn’t change the fact they are no longer realistic options for how we now live and work. It’s time to give up the idea of a balanced life and acknowledge that times have changed and we must accept that being constantly connected and beyond busy is a way of life.

Sure, we could go on a digital diet, work from home to save the commute time, and cut back on how much sleep we get, but like any diet, it usually won’t last. Instead, what can do, and should do, is be 100 percent focused on what we are working on, who we are with, and what’s right in front of us at this moment.

Focus is more important than ever–it’s just different than it was several years ago. The ability to be all-in when it matters most means we give our kids our undivided attention when they need us. We focus on the task at hand when at work to be more efficient and effective than starting and stopping over and over again. If we can focus on one thing for as long as we can and not distract ourselves, that may just be what balance is about in today’s world.

Since we can’t focus on everything equally:

1. What needs 100% of your attention right now?

2. What can you get rid of right now to free up time to focus on something that matters more this month? (Since we can’t do it all, what doesn’t need to be done?)

3. If money were no object, what would you focus on? Now, what could / should you focus on because it makes you the most money?

All The Time

Slow Down

I’ve come to realize that many people don’t read any more. The problem with this is when they get an e-mail they skim through it and miss things–important things–and often embarrass themselves when they reply. This then makes them look lazy, sloppy, unprofessional and as harsh as this sounds, look stupid.

The irony is by trying to save time by not really reading something this leads to wasted time down the line when they have to explain themselves for not knowing something they should, showing up to something on the wrong day or time, or not showing up at all (in more ways than one.)

Slow Down

Summer “Time”


All the time in the world? Hmmmmm. Well, if my calculations are correct we all have 70 days until the official end of summer–and less until school starts. We also only have 4,300 hours until the end of the year (and only 2,900 waking hours.)

Let’s take a minute (pun intended) to look at how we look at time. We have a tendency to believe we have the time to do it all and if we can’t, we’ll just get to it tomorrow. What if there were no tomorrow? As we hear of all the people murdered this month in the news I wonder if they woke up the day they died thinking they had all the time in the world to do what they needed and wanted to–but were waiting till later to do them.

I say we should make a “Bucket List” for 2016 to include the things we want to do before the end of summer and the end of the year. It’s good to be spontaneous, but it’s better to have an idea of what YOU want to do so you don’t end up doing all the things others want to do.

We make fun of the Millennials because they want it all and they want it now. That’s not all bad. They value time more than their parents did. If you watch commercials aimed at the younger market you’ll notice they are selling the idea that you should have the time of your life . . . and you should have it now.

Does it feel like the first half of the year flew by? Usually the second half goes be even faster. Let’s make the most of our time before we turn the clock and the calendar to 2017.

2016 Countdown (As of July 13, 2016)

172 Days

4,300 Hours

128,000 Minutes

Summer “Time”