Law of Relativity Attracts Success

I have enough time each day to accomplish everything I need to address strategically. I have time for emails and I have time to meet with team members. I have time to read, and I have time for my friends.

Those of you who know me are probably wondering how I could type that sentence.

It’s simple. I’m applying the Law of Relativity, which is the thought that nothing in our life has meaning until we compare it to something else. I look at other individuals and they seem to get everything done so I naturally assume I don’t have enough time. I also see the piles on my desk.  

By Leo Reynolds

But instead of seeing piles I’m going to see opportunities.  I will start each day choosing to say, “There is enough time.”

This all stems from my work with a business coach, who is helping me grow as a leader. One of the issues I wrestle with is time management. I need to time to lead my team and provide them with what they need to succeed. But I have numerous assignments that require attention. How can I do it all?

I now think of time as a resource and not a trap. I have choices about how I spend my time.

Thinking of time as a resource is helpful. I start the day focused on the 2-3 items I most need to finish that day using my time wisely to do so. When those big projects are finished I fill in the small bits of time handling pesky email.

And when I start whining about my lack of time, I pivot my thinking to create a mind shift so that I think of time as a resource.

It’s all relative.

What will you do to give yourself the gift of time?

Face 2 Face in Chicago Elevates NFPW Networking

I’m still flying high and not because I was riding the elevated trains in Chicago last week. I’m talking about meeting “Face 2 Face” in the city for the 2010 NFPW Conference.

NFPW members meet Face 2 Face in Chicago.

What a time we had! I met so many people, including year-long Facebook friend, Alison Stein. Finally, we talked Face 2 Face.

I met Wilma Moore-Black, president of Kansas Professional Communicators. She may have lost the bid on the signed baseball, but she’s a ball of energy who is going to go places in NFPW. And I’ll be cheering her on!

Betty Packard of California kept the silent auction up and running so we could all keep bidding. The monies raised go to NFPW’s Education Fund.

Julie Slaymaker, who is president of Woman’s Press Club of Indiana, will never let me live down my temporary paralysis. But being the gracious lady that she is, I know she has forgiven me.

I traded business cards, blog links, photos and lots of ideas.

I heard first hand how the Chicago Tribune was reinventing itself. Managing Editor Jane Hirt said, “Innovation is built into our DNA.”

Even if innovation isn’t built into your DNA, the workshps provided plenty of innovative ideas and approaches from building one’s resume to writing a book in six weeks to cultivating a free and responsible student news media.

What was your favorite part of the NFPW conference?