This could easily be a post about ‘testing’. It isn’t.
It’s about expectations. Or even about how much we tend to take for granted.
This could easily be a post about ‘testing’. It isn’t.
It’s about expectations. Or even about how much we tend to take for granted.
I gazed at my face in the mirror.
The graying hair no longer was limited to a few stray streaks, but stood out in harder to ignore strands. The skin was a little more pitted and wrinkled than before; it even sagged a wee bit.
Then I came to the eyes. And stopped. Stared for 10 full seconds.
Looking back at me steadily, the reflection was the same. Calm, warm and passionate. Just like it had always been.
Nothing had changed.
Nothing that really mattered.
Snippets of conversation from yesterday’s wedding reception popped into my mind.
“Why don’t you dye your hair black?”
“Isn’t she using too much make-up?”
“Do you like my wig? My hair’s falling out!”
And I thought about how, just like my face, my focus and attention had shifted to the trivial, the incidental, the peripheral.
The stuff that didn’t really matter.
If the “eyes are the windows to the soul”, then dreams are the windows to one’s goals!
And I had let them drift. From what was important to me, to what seemed important to others.
It’s time to work on alignment.
To put my dreams back on track.
The operative phrase is: MY dreams.
For you, it will be YOUR dreams.
It doesn’t matter if they are great dreams or small dreams, noble dreams or mundane dreams, profound dreams or silly dreams.
They are YOUR dreams.
That’s why they matter.
You can make them happen. No, scratch that… you
can MUST make them happen.
Because the biggest tragedy would be to die with your music still in you, with your song unsung.
Bring it all into alignment. That’s what I’ll be doing this weekend. Join me.
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Free time management games take conventional activities that make up your day to day routine – such as cooking meals, or caring for a pet – and turn them into fun games that engage and entertain while training you to manage time better.
Some of these games are more complex and imaginative, like ones that put you in charge of an air control tower, or let you manage a business, or even construct a neighborhood or entire city!
Caring For Pets
The simplest free time management games are built around caring for a pet. Each game has its favorite. Some give you a new born puppy, others may saddle you with a fish, cat, or other animals of your choice. Your task is to take care of the animal’s needs and keep them satisfied.
Playing with your pets, training them to perform tricks, cleaning up after them and feeding them from time to time are all facets of these games. Some let you play games with the animal. Fitting all this into the constraints of your limited time is excellent practice for real life time management.
In addition to helping you learn how to manage time better, these games also teach soft skills like responsibility for taking care of pets, efficiently tackling a project with myriad tasks, and assigning resources appropriately to get work done.
What Are The Best Free Time Management Games?
Web based versions of free time management games require no downloads, and can be easily bookmarked to return to. There are games available for a variety of devices, and are among the most popular applications for the iPhone and iTouch.
Below is a short list of some of the most popular free time management games for the iPhone and iTouch.
Diner Dash Lite
The free version of this online time management game has over 4,000 reviews and many 5 star ratings in the app store. The challenge it presents you with is to seat and serve customers to your restaurant – and do it as efficiently and quickly as possible.
Cooking Dash Lite
In this time management game, your role is to help Flo and her grandmother manage five hotels and serve customers. A nice twist is the integration of this game with Facebook, letting you share your results in a mouse-click.
Wedding Dash Lite
This game replaces a restaurant with a wedding reception, where your role as a player is to help couples pick a cake, bouquet and other items for the wedding.
SpongeBob Diner Dash Lite
For SpongeBob fans comes a free time management game similar to Diner Dash, but one where you can play with SpongeBob.
Supermarket Mania Lite
Another variation of time management games challenges you to help Nikki keep your shelves in a supermarket stocked all the time, even while customers enter the store and go shopping.
Chocolate Shop Frenzy Free
Emma chooses to set up a chocolate shop – and your role as a gamer is to help make the new business a success. Customer care is the watchword, and efficient time management is the secret weapon for success.
Jane’s Hotel Free
In this game, you’ll help Jane (your character) build a 5 star hotel out of a run down 2 star place. Catering to customers and upgrading rooms while enhancing your reputation gains you a promotion to higher levels.
Supermarket Management Free
You become a store manager trying hard to streamline all activity in the shop and putting systems in place to ensure future growth and higher profits.
Ada’s Hospital Lite
As a medical school graduate, you manage a clinic in this free time management game. The goal is to generate enough income every day in order to survive to the next level.
Sally’s Spa Lite
Managing a virtual spa was never easier – and the game environment is relaxing. You care for your members who purchase services like face masks, saunas and massages, all of which you are charged with running smoothly.
How Time Management Games Help
Free time management games train players in the sequence of completing activities that are routine to folks in a particular line of work. It’s your chance to pretend that you are in a career or position – say, a business owner, or entrepreneur, or professional – and are in charge of projects or activities.
You may have to direct the flow of airplanes or trains in your role as controller. Or you may have to decide about planning and manufacturing a line of products to sell in your business. Or you may run a shop, a bakery, a travel agency or any other commercial venture.
All these free time management games have an element of fantasy. In the real world, you wouldn’t expect to plan or build a city all by yourself. But the idea behind giving you that power in a virtual environment is to challenge you to manage limited resources efficiently – and that’s how time management training is imparted.
To win at these time management games and move to progressively higher levels, you must have sound skills needed to efficiently tackle your available time. You are pushed to make hard decisions, allocate resources and deploy teams to help you execute a project or meet a time deadline. And that training is excellent because it teaches you skills which can be applied to real-world projects too.
Combine this with the time management training you’ll get from other sections of this site, and you’ll experience a reduction in stress and increase in satisfaction as you gain efficiency in your work and life. The Ming Vase Time Management series of guides is rooted in a philosophy of managing time based on 3 priorities:
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Imagine me lying on a couch, disappointed, in pain, face swollen like a balloon. A toothache (and surgery to fix it) left me reading a book at home, instead of being at a Seth Godin presentation at Hyderabad.
I was reading LINCHPIN… And had an epiphany.
I have always been hyper-competitive. A work-a-holic. Obsessively driven to be very good. Great. World-class. In just about everything I did.
That attitude has led to some interesting accomplishments over the years.
But somewhere along the line, something changed. Maybe it was the sudden death of my colleague, or the heart surgery of my good friend, or just ‘growing up’. All of a sudden, things that once seemed all-important didn’t seem so much any more.
It opened my eyes. I saw I was on a treadmill, running ever faster to stay in the same place.
So, I hopped off!
That was a scary decision. And unsettling. For an over-achiever, not having things to do, or a map/plan to do it, always is.
I started afresh with a modest goal – to fund one child’s heart surgery, through an untested approach. I created and sold information products, using part of the profits (along with donations) to do it.
The first led to the second, then the fifth, and twentieth. Today, the non-profit Foundation I set up in 2003 has sponsored SEVENTY heart surgeries for under-privileged children born with congenital heart disease.
This year, in 2010, I am well on track to hit my target (as stated in my book, “47 Hearts“) of performing 47 operations…
Yet the thrill from this is not a fraction of when I funded the first one!
Something is wrong.
The feelings of lassitude, restlessness, even frustration, had little to do with my toothache. They had been around for much longer. This was my chance to introspect about it.
Lately, I’ve been comparing myself against others, to my disadvantage. Like the guy who did a million dollar promotion. Or the other who builds his list by 400 new subscribers every day. Or the one whose blog gets 8 million visitors every year.
And the conversation in my head goes:
“Hey, look at what he’s doing. You can’t match that!”
“Oh, yeah? Sez who? Sure, I can.”
“Talk’s cheap. Show me.”
“Ok, I will!”
That’s my Type-A personality kicking in, struggling against the shackles to try and hop back onto the treadmill. Except the treadmill is now going faster than it did a few years ago. And the conscious part of my brain now realizes that however fast you run on a treadmill, you ain’t going nowhere!
That’s when a passage in LINCHPIN brought about the epiphany. Seth Godin writes about ‘art’ and ‘gifts’. He says:
“Art is the product of emotional labor. Art is a gift. The design of the iPhone is art. It changes the way some people feel. And there is a gift as well. People who see the iPhone but don’t buy one still receive the gift. An ugly iPhone would cost as much as the beautiful one. The beautiful part is the gift.“
And in one of those magical moments of synchronicity, so many things snapped into place in an instant inside my mind.
I realized that the work I did (create and sell infoproducts to fund heart surgery in kids) is “emotional labor”.
And that the ‘gift’ is how this work inspires many others to reach out for their own dreams, and live them.
The flood of comments, emails, testimonials and feedback from hundreds of people has told me how they drew energy and encouragement from seeing my purpose-driven work.
It motivated them to keep going. It made them take heart in their own purpose. It gave them faith in an industry niche that isn’t all sunshine and roses.
Until now, I had ignored that, or hadn’t valued it highly enough. I had taken my eye off the ball, to try and focus on things that were more important – to someone else!
Sure, a multi-million dollar promotion sounds attractive – until I realize that I don’t need one.
To hit even my ambitious stretch goal of funding 500 heart operations every year, I need (500 x $2,250) = $1,125,000 – which is halved with a subsidy from our State Government, leaving me with a funding target of only $560,000.
But even if that never happens, just having come so far along the path to a crazily impossible goal, to touching 70 little lives (and hundreds of bigger ones) through my ‘art’, suddenly seems so much more fulfilling and satisfying.
Sometimes, a paradigm shifts when we attain new heights, explore new opportunities, pursue new goals.
At other times, it happens when we see better just exactly where we stand.
Thank you for helping me see better, Seth!
And Happy Birthday, too.