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    Introduction

    What’s the biggest contributor to stress, or lack of ease in our lives? Time. How we spend it, use it—and sometimes waste it. We live as though we don’t have anything to say about time; when the sun goes down, that’s pretty much the end of that day. But we can learn to shift our relationship to time. “Time management” is not the answer—making the most out of your time is not about cramming even more tasks onto your to-do list. To have more quality of life, you need to truly experience life by doing less. So instead of asking yourself “How can I do more?” ask “Why am I doing this?” Focus on the things that matter most to you, and you will fully live every moment of every day

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    THE CONCEPT OF TIME

    Probably no other complaint is voiced as often as the complaint of not having enough time. “I don’t have time to pursue my dreams or to know my dreams. I don’t have time for me, for my family and friends. Basically, I don’t have time to live my life.”

    What a concept. Who created this? Clocks, calendars, day planners—do you know a single person who doesn’t live by their schedule, who isn’t run by their calendar?

    What’s your relationship to time? Do you have plenty? Are you living in the natural rhythm and ease of life? Or, are you like most people, chasing your tail, never having enough time, often feeling exhausted or “pooped?”

    “When I’m not buried in work, I have time, but then I don’t have the money I need. If I’m working all the time, I have money, but no time to enjoy it.” Does this sound like you?

    An overscheduled life creates stress. Feeling like time is short, we keep ourselves mentally and physically very busy, trying to accomplish the impossible feat of catching up. On the other hand, too much idle or leisure time can also cause undue stress. Time has such a grip on us that we can get agitated when we have nothing to do.

    Time is a man-made concept, initiated by the Mayans, the creators of calendars. Brilliant in mathematics, they were able to calculate the length of the Earth’s orbit around the sun with an accuracy of a thousandth of a decimal point, according to modern calculations. The Mayans gave each month of their calendar a special meaning and paid tribute to important days and moments. Many modern societies, on the other hand, went on to sanitize time, divorcing it from the flow of life, making it the law of the land. Our society measures time in hours, minutes, seconds, nanoseconds (one billionth of a second) and even picoseconds (if you could imagine trillions of a second). When it comes to controlling time, we are way out of control.

  • About the Author

    Marcia Wieder, CEO/ Founder of Dream University® is leading a Dream Movement. Whether teaching at the Stanford Business School, speaking to executives in China, or at Girl Scout Camp, her riveting style impacts audiences world-wide. She’s been coaching, training and speaking for 20 years and her inspiring message has touched audiences from 50-5000 at companies like AT&T and American Express. The author of 14 books and a thought leader on vision, she has appeared on Oprah and the Today show, is the personal Dream Coach to Jack Canfield, stars in Beyond the Secret with Bob Proctor and is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council with John Gray, Lynne Twist and Marianne Williamson. As past president of the National Association of Women Business Owners she worked with former U.S. presidents, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and George Bush Sr. and as a columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, she urged readers to take “The Great Dream Challenge.” Learn more about her at DreamUniversity.com or MarciaWieder.com

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Taking Time

What’s the biggest contributor to stress, or lack of ease in our lives? Time. How we spend it, use it, and sometimes waste it. We live as though we don’t have anything to say about time; but we can shift our relationship to time. “Time management” is not the answer—making the most out of your time is not about cramming more tasks onto your to-do list. The author of the best-selling book, Doing Less & Having More, (seen on Oprah) Marcia Wieder, CEO of Dream University, is an expert in helping you spend more time doing what you love. Here she offers a fresh and creative approach for shifting your relationship to time, which will improve the caliber of your relationships and the quality of your life. This book includes:

  1. The Concept of Time
  2. Untimely Management
  3. Prisoners of Time
  4. The Illusion of Time
  5. What About Now?
  6. “No More…Now What?”
  7. A New Relationship to Time
  8. Ease and Extra Time
  9. Naturally On Time
  10. Asking for Help
  11. Time-Saver “Basix”
  12. Time to Live

The secret to living a joyful, fulfilled life is to do more of what you love every day. In this program, you will learn to turn your life “right side up,” so when you open your calendar what you will see primarily are activities that move you forward on your dreams that are aligned with your purpose. This is what creating a dream come true life and living “on purpose” is all about.

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