Ask yourself love's question

As an instructor of a number of time-management workshops, I've found that the challenge of helping others find an answer to the question "Are you making the best use of your time?" has stimulated my own thinking. One insight, in fact, has so liberated me, given me such peace in making decisions on how to use my time most effectively, that I'd like to share it.

In his time-management book How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life, Alan Lakein suggests that each person continually ask, "What is the best use of my time right now?" How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life (New York: The New American Library, Inc., 1974), p. 96 .

It's a powerful, galvanizing question. But should one answer it as an employee, a manager, a spouse, a parent, a friend, a church member, a student, or in terms of his own desires? A person's answer may vary considerably, even from one minute to the next, depending on his sense of identity at the time.

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November 5, 1984

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