July 25, 2010


The following are excerpts from Chapter 15, "Successful People Don't Find Time -- They Make Time," of one of my most frequented books, Life's Greatest Lessons by Hal Urban.  Enjoy! :)
"Time if life. It is irreversible and irreplaceable. To waste your time is to waste your life, but to master your time is to master your life and make the most of it."
- Alan Lakein

The most important step is to develop a new way of looking at time. We need to view it as a resource. It's always there, but like any other resource, it can be put to good use or it can be wasted. But there's one big difference between this resource and others: we can't save it, store it up, stockpile it, or hoard it. We can't turn it on or off, and we can't replace it. We're forced to spend it, minute by minute.  And once we spend it, we can't retrieve it.  That's why the way we spend our time is the way we measure the quality of our lives. Time is life.

There are some distince differences between the way winners and losers view time, talk about time, and use time. Here are some examples:

They kill time.
They waste time.
They lose time.
They let time slip away.
They take time for granted.
They squander time.
They can't find time.

They use time.
They spend time wisely.
They value time.
They organize their time.
They treasure time.
They schedule time.
They make time.

Four Keys to Mastering Your Time and Your Life:
1. Plan your day
2. Make appointments with yourself
3. Use the little-bit-at-a-time approach
4. Know your most productive time

Success is the result of hard work
done little by little, day by day.

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bambooBoogie said...

hey christine, i absolutely LOVEEEE your blog n its so random how i stummbled upon it. was searching for a new bag for my machine n your blog came up and i love it its so great and motivating. i made my own in thanks to you. i understand that your like almost at 225wpm im still at 60-90 n thats a struggle but i love your page and hope u still update once u graduate. best of luck to you girl so pround.

Jenni said...

Excellent advice, Steno Nerd! When I make a schedule or keep track of my practicing time, I find that I get a lot more done! My bf and I were just talking about how time is relative, depending on what you make of it!

Steno Nerd said...

Hi, bambooBoogie!

Thanks so much for the kind words. I'm so glad you stumbled upon this blog and are able to get some motivation from it. We court reporting students gotta stick together and keep pushing ourselves toward that finish line! No matter what speed we're in -- whether at Theory, 100 wpm, or 225 wpm -- we need to continue till we reach our goal... together! :)

I definitely do plan on continuing to blog once I reach that finish line. Thanks again for dropping by! :)

Steno Nerd said...

Hi, Jenni!

Yes, I agree -- time is definitely relative. While we're going through this steno journey (the school part), many times it may seem so unending and downright frustrating. But we just gotta think that we need to sacrifice now, put in the hard work now, put in all those hours of practice now... so that we can reach the end and become certified!!! :D

It WILL happen! I BELIEVE!

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