With Valentine’s Day around the corner, no doubt many of you will be receiving a box of chocolates. This holiday always reminds me of one of my favorite cliché movie lines (which I am only actually quoting here because some of my readers were still in diapers when Forrest Gump was released).
“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.”
Here is how that applies to time management.
Always put your all into tasks because you never know where they are going to lead.
Opportunities have a way of presenting themselves in unusual ways and you never know where different tasks and experiences will lead you. That’s why, before you dismiss a task as a frivolous waste of time, look deeper. Sometimes the potential is sitting just beneath the surface.
From Hobby to Opportunity
For example, a few years ago, I wrote my husband a song for Valentine’s Day (yes, that’s cheesy and no, you can’t hear it!) I knew next to nothing about recording music, but I wanted this to sound good, so I learned everything I could about the music software Garage Band. At the time, I remember thinking this project was consuming far more of my day than necessary, but it was interesting and fun.
After I finished that project, I realized what a great teaching tool Garage Band could be and started to use it in my classroom…
…which led to me giving several presentations about music technology at our state conference…
…which led to me helping my school district design and implement a music technology class…
…which led to me being asked to teach a Garage Band class at Arizona State University.
I could have never imagined this little project several years ago could have lead to so many cool things, but it did!
If something is interesting and fun for you, make the time to pursue it. By the same token, if something you have to do appears boring and wasteful at first, how can you use the knowledge you’re gaining to do something more beneficial?
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