Category : Time Management

In a hurry

Nature does not hurry

Alway in a hurry.

That sums up today’s typical youngster. In a hurry to enter a study program or course. Then, to acquire a degree. Afterwards, to find a lucrative job or build a busy practice. Get famous. And rich.

All in a hurry.

Yet ‘time’ is a strange concept. It moves at its own pace. You can’t speed it up.

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished”Lao Tzu

Looking back at how my career path unfolded might be instructive. I got into graduate training programs successively, without ‘wasting’ any years by not getting selected. Yet by the time I got my Masters degree in cardiovascular surgery (which, back then, was a 2-year program), I was 29 years old!

How did that happen? You enter medical school at age 17. It’s 5 and half years. Graduate training in general surgery takes 3 more years. And it requires another 2 years to specialize. That should add up to 27 and a half.

So… where did the extra 18 months go?

Delays. Unavoidable ones. Someone filed a case against the selection process for our All-India PG entrance test. It took 6 months to clear. The super-specialty entrance exam got postponed by 3 months.

And sometimes, timing was off. Despite our batch being rushed to complete internship before the deadline date, there were still mandatory gaps of a few months before I could take the next steps.

I was down with viral hepatitis (thankfully A, not B) for 6 weeks.

At the time, being in a hurry, all of this was frustrating. Everything seemed to move agonizingly slowly.

But in the end, those ‘compulsory’ speed-breaks were really immaterial. They didn’t set me, or my career, back in any major way.

During the wait for the court case to clear, I worked in a cardiac surgery unit – and gained priceless exposure to almost every kind of major heart surgery… even before I entered my general surgery program.

In the period between graduate and specialist training, I worked in a remote Primary Health Centre – where I learned the basics of small hospital administration… that served later in helping manage a surgical unit.

What’s my point?

Nothing is ‘wasted’.

There’s no ‘delay’ – except inside YOUR head. Every bit of time spent along the path to becoming whatever you want to be is actually useful, in one way or another.

So don’t be in a hurry all the time.

Instead, focus on HOW BEST you can use any ‘forced delays’ imposed on your career path. Whether you consciously take advantage of them or not, they’ll still end up making you a different kind of person.

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4 Reasons Why Everyone Needs Time Management Skills

At a recent college reunion, twenty-five years after we first entered college, I met many old classmates and re-learned one important lesson.

Being Time Efficient Is HIGHLY Profitable!

One theme kept popping up over and over again in our conversations.

“Our kids rarely get to see their dad, he’s so busy!”

“I go to work at 6 a.m. and get back around 7 in the evening!”

“My son WON’T be a doctor – because he sees how crazy our schedule is!”

And invariably, the next question is: “As a surgeon, you must be working very long hours, right?”

They were all surprised when I said my average ‘work day’ at the hospital is 2 hours – except when I’m operating, when it is 7 hours (or longer, depending upon how complex the surgery is).

How do I manage this?

How do I have so much “free time” when everyone else has “No Time”?

How am I juggling so many exciting projects in ADDITION to my regular work?

It’s really quite simple. Let me explain.

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Waiting Time? Or Wasting Time?

Endless Time

The abstract concept we call time is a funny thing.

We all know what it is. We all struggle to define, explain and actually understand it.

The same applies to the idea of wasting time. We experience it, but often can’t really describe it.

That’s why this excerpt from an article on ‘Mind Pickings‘ about waiting, with quotes from Jason Farman‘s book, caught my eye:

“Waiting points to our desires and hopes for the future; and while that future may never arrive and our hopes may never be fulfilled, the act of reflecting on waiting teaches us about ourselves. The meaning of life isn’t deferred until that thing we hope for arrives; instead, in the moment of waiting, meaning is located in our ability to recognize the ways that such hopes define us.”

Jason Farman, in ‘Delayed Response

And it embarked upon an intriguing explanation about the concept of time itself.

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9 Secret Keys To Success In 2018 – And Beyond

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Easy Ways To Transform Your Life And Rocket To Success

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Over the years, I have written over 3 million words.

(How? I’ll tell you soon in ‘Intentional Practice’)

Some of it has been blunt, direct, hard-hitting prose. Some has been ornate, stylish poetic writing.

Either style works for getting people to read and take action.

The key is that the content is relevant, practical and actionable. That’s all that really matters.

So for this collection of secrets to help you succeed in 2018 and beyond, I’m going to take the straight, no-nonsense approach, okay?

I’m gonna give it to you just the way it is.

No frills. No fuss. No moralizing.

And you can take it – or leave it. Your choice. It’s your life, after all.

I hope you’ll give it a shot and see how it transforms you in the coming year.

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3 Easy Steps To Your Successful 2019

A Simple Approach To Transform Yourself In The Coming New Year

 

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It’s that time of the year when you look back at how far you’ve come, how much you’ve achieved… and heave a sigh of regret!

93% of those surveyed about accomplishments in business and life over the course of last year said that they were NOT satisfied with their performance.

So what did the other 7% do which made all the difference?

I decided to find out – and it boils down to just 3 simple steps that they took, like learning how to focus. Turns out that these are easy for you to follow, too. And they will transform your success in the coming new year!

Step #1: Improve Your Focus

Distraction is the biggest enemy that keeps you from reaching any milestone you set for yourself.

You begin a new year, eager and excited about doing big things. But very soon after you launch into your action plan, something else comes up – and you lose focus.

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