Taking a lead in from my previous post on the book Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald, let’s talk about my favorite section of that book.
In a section called ‘Recapturing My Time’ MacDonald presents ‘MacDonald’s Laws of Unmanaged Time’. I found myself constantly referring to this list. It was so simple, but made so much sense. I will introduce the four laws and my brief interpretation, and then cover them in depth in the subsequent posts.
- Unmanaged Time Flows Toward my Weaknesses – We often find ourselves spending an inordinate amount of time on the tasks that we are not proficient at. We instinctively know that we can manage fine by putting in only a small effort in the areas that we are gifted.
- Unmanaged Time Comes under the Influence of Dominant People in my World – The dominant people in your life will be able to exert influence on your time choices when our time is not budgeted.
- Unmanaged Time Surrenders to the Demands of all Emergencies – Without a plan for your time, we usually get stuck in a first come first serve time management system for the people and tasks that make demands on our time.
- Unmanaged Time Gets Invested in Things that Gain Public Acclamation – Unbudgeted time will flow towards action and events that will give us the most immediate gratification and\or public recognition.