Time Management: Seize the Day!

And if not now, when?
–The Talmud

Ever feel like life is passing you by because you don’t seem to have even one spare minute at any time during your day? It’s amazing what you can get accomplished when you consciously decide to make specific choices that allow you to generate a truly productive and fun day. Getting organize by establishing your own personal grove, allows you to feel happy, capable and relaxed as you move from project to project. Want some tips on how to get the most out of every 24 hours in a day; the same 24 hours that each of us has? Perhaps these tips will help. And there is no right or wrong–better or worse. It’s about finding how you get comfortable and gain confidence when making choices.

We are all internally wired very differently so you get to discover how it works best for you.


  • Are you someone who is more motivated by the carrot or the stick?
  • Do you prefer options or do you love procedures?
  • Are you better at the big picture or the details?
  • What about your ability to love or hate change?
  • Do you mostly do things by your emotional response or do you need logical facts and statistics to make a choice?
  • Do you like to work independently, in proximity or in tandem with others?
  • Do you find certainty when making a choice by needing a specific number of examples, or perhaps a certain period of time to gather information, or do you decide automatically, right now from some knowing place within?
  • When gathering information do you need to see evidence, hear something, be able to do something with the evidence or read something to be convinced?

You may find that you are a mixture of some of these specific patterns and traits. Find the stronger of these patterns that work for you, so you can compile a better representation of how you do what you do. This will assistance you in understanding yourself. It also helps you realize that not everyone works or makes choices in the same way.

Live Your Life By Design

Hopefully the questions above allowed you to recognize and comprehend that because we are all internally wired so differently, we don’t all do everything well. The things that you do well, usually make you happy and are actually less work. So don’t take on something that comes with a really crazy steep learning curve if you don’t have the ability within to master it. It just might not be in the cards, at least not right now. Learn how to say no to opportunities that will not take you where you truly want to go. Learning how to live your life by design, not default is a beautiful thing and will make you both happier and even more productive.

Avoid Crazy Makers, Dream and Time Stealers!

Every spend time with a crazy maker, or dream or time stealer? It is so easy today to get caught up in the social media world. Use it appropriately and sparingly as a tool to support your endeavors and social needs, but lay off the Farmville. It’s your time and energy going by. Maybe it’s time to stop and think about how and where your time might be spent more productively, before it slips away?

And how about a crazy maker! This is someone who wastes your time, and energy by keeping you off balance emotionally on purpose. You never know what to expect from them and being with them is almost always an emotional rollercoaster ride that leaves you feeling spent and frustrated. And how about those “friends” that keep questioning your success – are they jealous, or just afraid of losing you because you are growing and changing into more of who you are than you have ever been, and they can’t cope and don’t like change. So, make a choice to limit non-supportive interactions that don’t energize you. And budget your time for necessary activities.

Lighten Up

No need to beat yourself up if you can’t do all the things you want because you are handling other real issues that need your attention. It happens. The world won’t come to an end in most cases just because you left a few things undone. Use mind-mapping or make lists so you can cross of the items as they are accomplished. This is an important way to help you see you are one step closer to where you want to be.

Now, let me know what you think. Ciao, Carol.

Carol Kirkpatrick

For as long as she can remember, singing and performing have always been in Carol Kirkpatrick’s blood. From her beginnings in a small farming town in southeastern Arizona, through her early first-place triumph at the prestigious San Francisco Opera Auditions, and subsequent career on international stages, Ms. Kirkpatrick has thrilled audiences and critics alike. “A major voice, one worth the whole evening.” (The New York Times) Since retiring from the stage, she continues to be in demand as a voice teacher, clinician, and adjudicator of competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  Combining her knowledge of performance, business, and interpersonal skills, she has written the second edition of her highly regarded book, Aria Ready: The Business of Singing, a step-by-step career guide for singers and teachers of singing.  Aria Ready has been used by universities, music conservatories and summer and apprentice programs throughout the world as a curriculum for teaching Ms. Kirkpatrick’s process of career development, making her “the” expert in this area.  She lives in Denver, Colorado.   YouTube.com/kirkpatrickariaready