A Time Lifestyle for the Whole You

Pamela is going through a lot right now. Having had a busy and successful career, her life is not where she expected it to be. She’s navigating through issues tied to her adult children and the impact on her grandchildren.

Timothy is moving into the prime of his career. He is a leader at work and is about ready to propose to his long-time girlfriend (I changed his name to not spoil any surprise). He knows there will be some additional demands placed on how and where he needs to focus.

Cari is in her late forties. She is stepping out into her own business based on her success as a COO. She is frustrated because the talents she bought to corporate world are not translating to entrepreneurs who are in desperate need of operational help.

While Pamela, Timothy, and Cari each have entirely different circumstances, they are in similar time situations. Their lifestyle time optimization equation is unsolved.

We all have the same 24 hours in a day, yet some people seem to accomplish an astonishing amount while others struggle to keep up. The secret lies not only in external factors, but in a deep understanding of ourselves. By prioritizing our intellectual and emotional needs, we can craft a schedule that fuels our productivity and fosters a fulfilling lifestyle. Consider the following not as a fully quantifiable equation, but to open yourself up to the broad needs you must ponder to maximize your productivity.

Emotional quotient reflection + Intellectual quotient consideration = Lifestyle time optimization

To be able to proactively push yourself forward and strive for higher productivity, you must acknowledge that your emotions and intellect play large factors.


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Emotional Quotient Reflection

Pamela has the constant worry about her family. Timothy is navigating the joyful anticipation with his new reality. Cari is trying to determine what has changed and why she is finding it harder to connect.

How can they (and we) better face the emotional side of their lives to open time flexibility?

  • Recognize your emotional triggers: What situations drain your energy or leave you feeling overwhelmed?
  • Identify activities that replenish your emotional well-being: Do you find solace in spending time in nature, practicing mindfulness meditation, or connecting with loved ones?
  • Block out time for emotional self-care in your schedule – it’s not a luxury, it’s the foundation for sustained productivity.

Pamela is talking to a lot of other people in her position to help gain insights. She gets an emotional release, empathy, and sound advice. Timothy and his fiancée are in premarital classes that explore their feelings on the front end of marriage. Cari is talking to other coaches to download her frustrations while getting good advice.

Intellectual Quotient Consideration

Pamela wonders how she can gain some sense of order and structure in life. Timothy thinks about his schedule and what compromises will need to be made. Cari is trying to identify when and how she should be engaging with prospects to get their attention.

What are options they (and we) can incorporate into a cognitive approach to the use of time?

  • Explore your learning style: Are you a visual learner who thrives on diagrams, or an auditory learner?
  • Identify your areas of intellectual curiosity: Do you crave the challenge of complex problems or the satisfaction of mastering a new skill?
  • Schedule dedicated time for intellectual pursuits, whether it’s taking an online course, reading a thought-provoking book, or engaging in stimulating discussions.

Pamela is investing in resources and professional assistance to see where she can best invest her time with the family challenges. Timothy is proactively trying to plan out life in marriage to anticipate any time commitment changes. Cari is attending conferences and workshops to better understand her potential clients and better understand how she can provide value to them.

Lifestyle Time Optimization

Emotional quotient reflection + Intellectual quotient consideration = Lifestyle time optimization

This is not a 1+1 = 2. The formulas for Pamela, Timothy, and Cari are vastly different. So are their results. However, all three recognize that their time has emotional and intellectual elements that interact together and will impact the use of time. Like them, your emotions can be a benefit or hindrance. Your intellectual approach can open opportunities or keep you in place.


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David Buck is the author of the book “The Time-Optimized Life, owner of Kairos Management Solutions, LLC, and founder of the Infinity Lifestyle Design program. As a certified professional retirement coach (CPRC), David works with financial services providers helping their clients create a post-career lifestyle strategy. To learn more, contact him at dave@kmstime.com or visit Infinity Lifestyle Design.


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