Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Make time in 2017

Here’s a riddle for you. What’s more precious than gold, but cannot be bought, earned, or saved? If you said time, you’re correct. I don’t doubt each of us has a running list of tasks to do, people to see and places to go. We live in a fast-pace on the go culture and we do our best to keep pace with it. Time is the one thing we all can’t ever get enough of. Have you said to yourself, “I need to find the time?”

As a new mom with twins, I’ve had to make a lot of adjustments. I knew this going in, but how it’s played out in practice differs from the many theories I received before they were born. Joining the parenthood continues to be a learning and rewarding experience. However, the sleepless nights, endless list of house chores compounded with trying to find a moment of peace with my husband or times to connect with family, friends and personal interests has left me feeling like I’m on a never ending roller coaster ride.

Lucky for me I have a mom who acts as my emergency brake and when there‘s a sign of me going off the rails, she pulls the lever. She reminds me to press pause and then prioritize. “What do you absolutely need to do at this moment? Whatever it is, do it and then move on to the next thing,” said mom. My response, “I need to find the time.” She quickly interjects, “The time is here, no need to find it. You need to make the time for what matters to you most and do it.” She’s right.

There’s never going to be a shortage of work to get done. Does it stop me from wishing there were more than 24 hours in a day? Of course not, but to my mom’s point; the work isn’t going anywhere while the clock ticks away. To be my best self I have to prioritize my work and make the time for the things in life that matter most.

2017 will bring challenges as well as opportunities. We can harness new ways of thinking and new approaches to our work. When it comes to your time management and work prioritization make time, don’t find time.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Time to move on, but not so easy

Like many Americans, accepting the election results has been tough. It's not because I'm surprised by Hillary's historical loss (I'm not, I recognized her flaws and accepted them), it's because of how president-elect Trump won. Divisive rhetoric that at it's core was meant to ensure that white Americans who felt threatened by the United States changing demographics weren't going to be forgotten. The covert message resonated and to Samantha Bee's point, "White people. I guess ruining Brooklyn was a dry run!" (Watch it.)

During the campaign president-elect Trump constantly talked about how the election was "rigged." In his win I can finally see the truth in that statement. Hillary had the cash, the pollsters, the experience, but one thing she didn't have was the media. Trump edged her out on that front and in the end I think media spin played a significant role in killing her presidential campaign. Social and main stream television media were assets. Trump used them to his advantage. Whether I like it or not, I have to admit that was a successful tactic. One that worked and resonated with more than the people in his base.

Since the election results there's been a lot said about how Hillary lost. Having gone through my seven stages of grief I'm finally ready to move on and focus on 2018/2020. I've listened to pundits and so-called experts on both sides. While the short-term picture looks pretty grim I remind myself that failure gives us the biggest opportunity to learn and course correct. America will move forward and so must I. I still have the power to shape my country and it's just as much as my country as it's David Duke.

As a fan of history I like to look back with a focus on the future. Words from President Obama, Bernie Sanders, Steve Colbert, Michael Moore and countless others have helped to lift me up and to begin the process of moving on and looking forward. I know there's light at the end of the tunnel. Besides there's too much work to be done in the form of checks and balances to sit out on the sidelines. It's how we got president-elect Trump. It will require thought, collaboration and action. 

My issue for 2017 and beyond is paid family leave for all Americans. We need it! Middle class families needed it yesterday. I want parent's jobs to be protected so they can get more than six or eight weeks to bond with their children. Pick your issue and get behind it with everything you have. The time is now.