If you have time to waste, don’t waste the time of those that haven’t

My mum died towards the end of last year. Last Sunday my sisters and I rediscovered an important time management and leadership lesson from her.

We were at her home, stime management and leadership lessonharing out the remainder of her most personal possessions prior to her home being sold.  She was a strong, successful woman, fearless and, occasionally, fearsome. But this is not a eulogy.

No, this is a reminder of something important for all of us. Something carved out on a simple piece of wood by a very young person in very much tougher times back in the day on the west coast of Ireland; something that went to the very heart of my mum’s being. Something she steeped into my being and which I share on my time, priority and workload management and leadership training.

If you have time to waste, don’t waste the time of those that haven’t

You might also like to see my mum’s straightforward advice to my 2 sons on building anything worthwhile, which she recited for them with the vigour of a warrior

or what she had to say about worry and stress and how pointless much of it is.

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  1. Richard Maybury January 6, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Hi Colin, good to hear from you, happy new year.
    Yes, she left a wonderful living legacy. Ambition, confidence, deep generosity, pragmatism and sheer hard work.
    See you around the block some time

  2. Colin Smith January 6, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Richard

    I am sorry to hear of your Mum’s passing.

    I could not help but smile at your Mum’s philosophy, both in this post and the two others you reference. She certainly leaves behind a wonderful legacy of wisdom, which I am sure you and your two boys have and will continue to follow.

    Your post about your Mum’s way of dealing with stress and worry particularly resonated with me and feel we could all live life more fully if we adopted some or all of her ways of being.

    Take care and here’s to a successful 2014.


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