Thursday, March 8, 2012

Law of Excluded Alternatives

I came across the "Law of Excluded Alternatives" several years ago when I was putting together a presentation on time management. As I was putting together tonight's presentation on Organizational Life Lessons it came up again.

Basically this law states, "Doing one thing means you are not doing something else." Well, duh! Doing one thing of course means you can't do something else. Because we have a limited amount of time, doing one thing means there is something else you will not be able to do.

Our ability to choose what to do and choose what not to do determines our life. It's a live of choices. So, when I choose to answer a phone instead of working on a project - I make a choice about what I am doing with my time. If I go on Facebook instead of emailing clients - I make a choice about what I am doing with my time.

So often we are not really aware we are making those choices. We just sort of go on autopilot. But at the end of the day, we wonder where that day went and why more didn't get accomplished.

My challenge to you is to think about what you are doing with your time. Think about what you are not doing with your time. Are you really making the best choices to move you in the direction you want to go?


Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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