Thursday, February 14, 2013

Time Management Advice From Webster's Dictionary

Yesterday I wrote a post on Mastering Your Moments as a time management skill.  That post actually inspired this one with the picture posted for that piece.

The picture has the phrase "defining moments", a phrase that is common to us when we experience something amazing, magical, or memorable. A defining moment usually occurs to us, not something that we create ourselves.

It occurred to me, in the context of time management, that this can be a bit of a play on words. That post suggested that in mastering your moments you are actually defining them. You are intentionally creating your own defining moments.

Curious about the definition of defining, I went to my handy advisor Websters' Dictionary and to my surprise found the following definitions:
  • to determine or identify the essential qualities or meaning of
  • to fix or mark the limits of : demarcate <rigidly defined property lines
  • to make distinct, clear, or detailed especially in outline <the issues aren't too well defined>
  • characterize, distinguish <you define yourself by the choices you make — Denison University Bulletin>
When you see this list through the lens of time management it runs like a list of time management tips, practices or advice.  That's pretty cool!

Here's the time management version:
  • to determine or identify the essential qualities or meaning of = determine what I want my time to mean, or how I want to work; for example - with stress or in a state of calm; with a sense of purpose.
  • to fix or mark the limits of : demarcate <rigidly defined property lines = effective time management is about setting boundaries and fixing time in my schedule to get specific things done.
  • to make distinct, clear, or detailed especially in outline <the issues aren't too well defined> = are you clear about what you need or want to get done? you work from a master activity list (aka detailed outline).
  • characterizedistinguish <you define yourself by the choices you make — Denison University Bulletin> = use of the above tips will certainly define the kind of professional you are and the use of these tips and how you use your time is all about choice!
I recommend you come up with own time management version from this definition list. Thanks Webster for helping us see that excellent time management is in fact creating defining moments!

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  1. If I ever write an article on qualities of good blog post I would certainly analyze this one.

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    1. Hi Web Experts UK - I'm thinking that's a compliment? :-)

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