Often the phrase Time Well Spent is connected to a group of words such as time-management, productivity and constructive. When most employers think about Time Well Spent they are thinking about the ROI you represent. Rarely does the TWS conversation find it’s way around to words containing valuable, gratifying, beneficial, rewarding or generative. Nor is creative and innovative connected meaningfully with TWS. Why is that? Think about it for a moment.
Is TWS while you’re away from your work not valuable to your employer? Is TWS in pursuit of family, hobbies, vacations, studying, or a myriad of things seemingly not directly connected with your work, not important to how well you preform your job?
Why are the words we traditionally think of as encompassing and promoting creative, innovative, visionary and ingenious outcomes not generally part of the TWS conversation?
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled,
but a fire to be kindled.”
Curiosity calls to each of us from the moment we are born, it is the siren song of becoming an inquisitive being. Each of us has a thirst to know why and how ideas, things and people operate. From our earliest breath we reach out to know experience. And if we are lucky enough to have people in our lives that encourage our Curiosity we’ll continue to search for answers all our life.
When a business allows our Curiosity to grow and expand in the work environment that business benefits tremendously. If we are wondering about how we can better do our job, searching for a better way to communicate with customers and our co-workers we are growing the business and creating long term wealth.
Encouraging and cultivating Curiosity within each employee is not only smart business it is fundamental to success in the 21st century and is TWS.
“There is always a gap between intention and action..”
Sitting at the base of Time Well Spent is a little thing called Intent. Being involved with Intent is a bit like balancing on the tip top of a triangle, atop a pyramid of choice. Intent is where you shed all other options when you take a step forward into the unknown. Intent is what allows us to accomplish what needs to be done if we are going to have moments, or even a lifetime of TWS.
We think and think some more and we plan and plot out where we want to be. And in a blink of an eye we create Intent to power us across the water to the other-side. it sounds magical and maybe it is, but let’s not get caught in that trap. Intent is decision fortified with action.
Intent is something every team and group within a business should value and understand. Intent is the glue that leads a team to new heights of awesomeness and success, Intent washes away the individual ego and allows for group to reach the summit.
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it
is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
William Arthur Ward
We often find the Gratitude showing up at the end of a project within most businesses, more of an afterthought than an important part of success. You reach the company goal or create new and exciting innovations and lastly hands are shaken and maybe a few pats of the back are exchanged, but that’s about the extent of Gratitude in today’s business environment.
If Intent sits at the top of the success pyramid then Gratitude is the gyroscope at it’s center keeping it centered and aligned. Gratitude is the nourishment within a business connecting each employee to each customer in a active circular relationship, a relationship that generates deep success and validates TWS.
Read more about Gratitude in business – 20 Examples Gratitude Helping Business
“The world’s continual breathing is what we hear and call silence.”
How does cultivating Silence within your business have anything to do with success, growth and TWS? Silence creates the space needed to build a sturdy and functional pyramid of success. Silence is where we first notice the assumptions and judgements we bring to each project and relationship within the business. Those hooks we all carry around blinding us to current reality can be at the very least pushed aside and sometimes eliminated.
Silence opens the windows letting in the fresh, interesting and creative ideas. Silence encourages each member within the business to share their strength and vision, a sharing that adds to success and long-term value creation.
“Sharing will enrich everyone with more knowledge.”
Sharing can be thought of as an overview of the entire business, a clear view of how connected each of us is to each other and to the whole. Think of yourself floating above everything and seeing how each cog in the machine depends on the other cogs to give its best.
Sharing what we think and Sharing what we’ve learned with the others in the group creates new and exciting innovations much quicker than each person working in isolation. And not only are innovations created quicker but also created on a richer and more satisfying way leading to TWS.
“Only time will tell if it was time well-spent.”