I was talking to someone today who is a very busy person. Mayor of a city, in fact.
With a full schedule, she has to be selective about her time. So she creates a couple hours of focused time for her own personal needs like our yoga sessions together. By doing that, she has greater focus and impact in the meaningful work she does.
I've noticed there is a direct correlation between my focused time and my effectiveness.
As a yoga teacher, I have the opportunity to impact people's lives, which makes my work feel meaningful.
To have this meaningful impact it takes focused time. Without it, I could miss an opportunity to impact someone who needed to hear that quote I didn't read, or do that meditation that I forgot about.
(We've all been to classes where the teacher is on autopilot or unprepared.)
Whether you are a teacher, parent or CEO, it might be interesting to audit your own time and see how much of it is focused, meaningful work. Are you content, or would you like to increase your focused hours and impact on the world?