“Time may change me, But I can’t trace time” David Bowie
“For the loser now, will be later to win. For the times they are a-changin’” Bob Dylan
Whether “Time is On My Side” (Rolling Stones), or “Time Warp” (Neil Campbell) from Rocky Horror Picture Show, we feel like time is “slipping into the future” (Eagles). Or more accurately, slipping away from us. We are stuck in Zoom calls that take our time and sometimes attention. We feel stressed and don’t have time for ourselves.
Understanding that time is limited, would you trade a couple hours in the short-term for a multiple of it over many months or years? Aapryl is an efficiency tool. Sure, you must take time to trial it, but as with any efficiency tool, the short-term pain can give you a long-term gain.
I was in a bike class and the instructors throw out many motivation pitches throughout. I believe they are genuine in their desire to help change people’s lives or at least, help them reach their health goals. For me, most of them fall a little bit flat. I look to the class to keep me in shape and ready to take on the day. A few days ago, the instructor said something like, “it’s not the time spent in this class, but what you do with the time.” For some reason that sunk in. You can show up to a 45-minute class and zone out, truly putting in 15 minutes of focused effort. Or you can do your best throughout. Forty-five minutes is a long time to exert effort.
This same concept can be applied to your children. They, too, are experts in filling up time. We may not get 45 minutes of their attention, but can we focus on three 5-minute quality interactions? For those few that read my blogs, I mentioned in the past teaching my daughter to drive. I feel honored to get 45 minutes to an hour where she can’t focus on her phone, and I try to slide in some parental nuggets of wisdom. Don’t tell her, but I cherish this time together. Luckily the goal is 60 hours of training time.
So, when I approach you for a couple hours of your time, please consider sharing some. Aapryl can free you up to focus on the higher-level tasks you prefer to spend your precious time. No guarantees you will have “The Time of My (Your) Life” (Medley/Warnes) and yes, it may be true that I have “Too Much Time on My Hands“ (Styx). Now it’s “Closing Time” (Semisonic). Thanks for your time.