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Resolutions for 2008
I must create more people time - and even some time just for me...
Written on the M4 motorway in England as I was driven from Taunton to Ipswich. Dispatched via a commercial wi-fi service from a roadside café
We all do it every year - resolve to do things better to improve our lot and that of our friends and family.
Typically I hear people listing: eating and drinking less, stopping smoking, taking more exercise and so on. But one of the most common resolutions is spending more time we those we love and enjoy being with. And on a professional level we all seem to resolve to be more effective and efficient.
For decades I have observed that we actually spend most of our time with people we perhaps shouldn't be with. This occurs out of acts of charity, compassion, duty and management responsibility with the capable mostly helping the less so.
Yet somehow we have to get that balance right - the more capable need time and help too.
My approach has been to make sure that I get to spend as much time as possible with people who know more or who are smarter than me. But I also dedicate a lot of my time to helping others. The big question in my mind at the start of 2008 is whether I could do it all better. The answer of course has to be a resounding yes - it always is.
Without doubt helping others is both a pleasure and in some way seductive. It plays both to our ego and sense of duty at the same time.
Personally, I exploit all the technology I can to the nth degree. For example, this year over 95 per cent of Christmas presents were bought online but the time and money saved were then squandered on the need to scan in an awful lot of analogue pictures for the digital solution encapsulated in the presents.
So, putting aside all the trivial, and annually repeated New Year resolutions, I have come down to a very short list of new ones: