A Meaningful Life 1. Would you like to look back at your life at the time of your death and exclaim: ‘It was worth it?’ • Yes • No • I don’t care 2. Suppose you are mentioned after your death in a gathering of a group of people with knowledge and wisdom. What would you like them to say about you? • This person’s (your) life was really worth it • This person’s life was not worthwhile
Meaningful Life Strategic Time Management Strategic Visions Competence Leadership Azm (Determination) Facilitate Prioritization Inspire Share
The Elements of Meaningful Life Meaningful life has the following four elements: • Strategic Visions: A long term sound vision in our life. A sound vision is defined as a vision which has clarity and correctness. • Strategic Time Management: Strategic Time Management is defined as our ability to prioritize our lives in light of a long term vision and then to drive these priorities with Azm (determination).
The Elements of Meaningful Life Meaningful life has the following four elements: • Competence: Competence is the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) that are required for our visions. For example, our vision of scaling Mount Everest requires a minimum set of knowledge, skills and abilities. • Leadership: Leadership is defined as the ability to share our vision with others and to inspire and facilitate others in pursuing the shared vision. The key element behind the ability to inspire others to pursue the shared vision is a character worthy of the vision.
Metaphor: A bus with people going to a destination. Destination Driver Driving Skills • Telling everyone in the bus that the destination that you want to go to is the best for them. Map Reading the map Character of a driver The Road Driving along this road Fuel Present Location + You + Vision + Competence + Inspire + Now + Direction + Share + Prioritization + Azm(Determination) + Life + A meaningful life
The definition of a ‘Meaningful Life’ A meaningful life is a life that a sound ideology defines as meaningful.
Time Management technical definition of the word “Important” Anything that takes us towards our ‘worthwhile goals’ is termed as ‘important’ and anything that takes us away from our ‘worthwhile goals’ or doesn’t take us towards our ‘worthwhile goals’ is called ‘not important’.
Time Management Technical Definition of the word “Worthwhile Goal” Anything that adds value to our life in this world or hereafter and we want to achieve it.
Value - Want GRID Grid Lines Value Examples Want Doing Gym, book reading 1 Tennis, teaching horse riding to kids 2 Worthwhile Goals-Grid Lines 1 & 2 Swimming, taking family for shopping 3 Eating higher quantities of vegetables, Tahajjud 4 5 Pepsi, speeding Sightseeing, banana split 6 Living with pollution 7 Over eating 8
Value - Want GRID Grid Lines Value Examples Want Doing 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Important-Like GRID Worthwhile Goal: Book Reading Grid Lines Important Like Doing Examples 1 Going to the Library Super Successful people spend their lives in Grid Lines 1 and 2 Buying expensive books 2 Successful people spend their lives in Grid Lines 1,2,3 and 4 3 Driving to the Library 4 Searching for books 5 TV 6 Time with friends Getting stuck in traffic on the way 7 Getting distracted while reading 8
Important-Like GRID Worthwhile Goal: ____________ Grid Lines Important Like Doing Examples 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Time Management Technical Definition of the word “Urgent” “ Anything which if not done in the present, most probably cannot be done later.”
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X Q2 Q1 X Q3 X X Q4 X Q2 Q1 / Q3 / X X Q2 X Q2 Q1 / Q3 / X X Q2
THE TIME QUADRANT SYSTEM Urgent Not Urgent Q 2 Q 1 Important Important Not Urgent Important Urgent Q 4 Q 3 Not Important Urgent Not Important Not Urgent Not Important
Watch your thoughts, they will become your words Watch your words, they will become your actions Watch your actions, they will become your habits Watch your habits, they will become your character Watch your character, it will become your DESTINY
Handling Q3s Disturbance F I L T E R YOU
Eating healthy food Urgent Not Urgent Important Q 1 Q 2 Q 3 Q 4 Not Important
Q 1 Q 2 Link Between Q4 and Q1 Not Urgent Urgent Important Not Important Q 4 Q 3
Buffer “This is the margin of time incorporated into an activity which accounts for delays that can be anticipated.”
Prefrontal Lobe Cortex
Some possible entries • Telephone numbers and addresses with accompanying notes. • General reminders like buying a battery for your watch or buying a stapler for your office. • Reminders regarding appointments with people. • Picking up milk for your home.
Some possible entries • Grocery lists. • Expenses. • Putting down how much you jogged the other day. • Jotting down the winning idea that came to you while you were stuck in the traffic jam. • An excellent proverb or a verse from poetry that you would like to refer to later.
Interaction of the GK Book with the To-Do Lists Master To-Do List Scan every Year DS (Appointments) Current Year To-Do List Scan every Month The GK Book Current Month To-Do List Scan every Week Current Week To-Do List Scan every Day Today To-Do List
Compilation of the TODAY To-Do List Previous Day’s Today To-Do List (TTL) Current Week To-Do List (CWL) The GK Book Today To-Do List (TTL)
Compilation of the Weekly To-Do List Current Month To-Do List (CML) Previous Week’s Current Week To-Do List (CWL) The GK Book Current Week To-Do List (CWL)
Compilation of the Monthly To-Do List Previous Month’s Current Month To-Do List (CML) Current Year To-Do List ( CYL) The GK Book Current Month To-Do List (CML)
Compilation of the Yearly To-Do List Previous Year’s Current Year To-Do List (CYL) Master To-Do List (MTL) The GK Book Current Year To-Do List (CYL)
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Feb’10 09 10 11 12 13 14 08 A1: Iqrar Ahmed Abbasi0333-1234567Counseling about personal Development , Karachi PC Hotel A1 A1 A2: Nayyar Abdul Rab0333-7654321Marketing Meeting13-D, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi. 11:40 11:40 A2 A2 2:20 2:20
Feb’10 09 10 11 12 13 14 08 A1: Mr. Abrar Ahmed TRQ2 A1 Time Restricted Q2 Q1 TRQ1 MEETING WITH MR. ABRAR Time Restricted Q1 Q2 WALK
The Concept of TRQ1 The degree of success of a person is directly proportional to how well he can convert his Q2s into TRQ2s and treat them as ‘TRQ1s’.