“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get,” said Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Though written over 150 years, it remains a timeless truth, even as it seems the pace of our lives have quickened considerably from Alice’s time.
For all the activities we engage in professionally and personally, we feel like we’re falling farther and farther behind. And in our hurry to catch up we sacrifice the one thing that can keep us going: our margin.
Margin is that time we have that’s unassigned by a demand. I like to think of it as creative space–time to think creatively, not reactively. The problem is, getting creative time like that consistently is hard to do. There are three things keeping you and me from creating more margin in our lives:
- We’ve become acclimated to our present approach. We’re wired to take the path of least resistance. That’s because, as neuroscientist Gregory Berns puts it, our brains are “a lazy piece of meat.” We form habits in the way we work,…