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  • Writer's pictureBob Prentice


Most of you know I took up the candle-making hobby several years ago. Anyone who knows me well knows I have been deeply involved in at least a half dozen other hobbies and interests over the years. When you look at these hobbies added to my business and family responsibilities, it can sometimes “appear” that things are getting a little out of whack in my life. But then, things are not always as they appear.

You see, while it may appear to others as if I am merely playing–and even I indeed count my putzing around in my indoor greenhouse, my workshop, or the yard, and making candles, inventing, and the like, all as play–I am not only playing, but I am working on my primary life responsibilities, too. In essence, by double-timing it, I am maximizing my time.

For instance, while I am pulling weeds, I might also be thinking about what I am going to write about in an upcoming blog article; I will come up with the opening two or three minutes of an upcoming presentation while waiting for the candle wax to melt; or I may go to work on solving a difficult challenge as I sit and enjoy the peaceful sounds and sights in my back yard or grill up some steaks for dinner.

This process of maximizing my time has served me well over the years, along with the other time management tools in my toolbox.

  • Set goals and priorities. What do you want to achieve in life? Once you know your goals, you can prioritize them and plan to achieve them.

  • Take action. Don’t just dream about your goals; take action to achieve them. This means putting in the hard work and dedication necessary to succeed.

  • Be persistent. Don’t give up on your goals, even when things get tough. Keep pushing forward, and eventually, you will achieve success.

  • Be grateful. Take the time to appreciate all the good things in your life. This will help you stay positive and motivated to keep moving forward.

  • Help others. One of the best ways to maximize your life is to help others. This could mean volunteering your time, donating to charity, or simply being kind to others. Helping others will make you feel good and make a difference in the world.

  • Live in the present moment. Don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future. Focus on the present moment and enjoy the journey.

  • Take care of yourself. Make sure you are eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly. Taking care of yourself will help you feel better and have more energy to live your life to the fullest.

  • Surround yourself with positive people. The people you spend time with greatly impact your life, so surround yourself with supportive people who will help you reach your goals.

  • Learn from your mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, but it’s important to learn from them. When you make a mistake, take the time to figure out what went wrong and how you can avoid making the same mistake in the future.

  • Never stop learning. There is always something new to learn. Keep your mind open to new ideas and experiences.

  • Be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Be proud of who you are and embrace your unique qualities.

  • Live your life with purpose. Find something you are passionate about and make it your life’s work. Living your life with purpose will make you feel fulfilled and satisfied.

It’s because of the decisions and choices I have made that I am afforded more flex time than most people I know. I make a conscious decision daily to live out what I have written in my life strategy and business plan. I apply the tools–like the Ten Rule, back timing and double timing, the Quick Start Concept, and many other time-tested strategies I have shared with others over the years–so that I can live my life enjoying success in all the key result areas of my life.

Life is meant to be enjoyed! Never allow the cares and stresses of the day to rob you of your joy. Instead, maximize your time, and you’ll maximize your life!

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