Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim said recently that all we need is 3 to 5 minutes in which we can set our attitude, set the course of our day and to take charge. What??? I can’t get anything done in 3 to 5 minutes!
She went on to clarify that instead of trying to focus on my goals for an entire day, only focus on what I want to accomplish for 3 to 5 minutes. Then, after that period of time is done, do it again. In other words, cut the elephant-sized task down to ant-sized pieces. Be aware of my time and how I manage it.
I then went on to recognize that when I have some looming deadline coming up, I can focus on what I need to get done for that deadline. But, I really can’t seem to do anything else. For example, the other day I had a critical meeting in the afternoon. I had already prepared what I needed to discuss. But, in the interim, I found myself very unproductive. My mind was so focused on worrying about the outcome of the meeting, I couldn’t get anything else done.
Then, because I had that entire expanse of time that I felt wasn’t put to good use, I felt like I had wasted all that time. While I do know that obsessing about something that is out of my control isn’t productive, I do know that I have the power to change my actions. I can’t control a situation, but I do have the power to control how I react to the situation.