Do you have a choice about what you do during your working day?

Who drives this activity?

The clock is a merciless adversary

Language is rife with euphemisms that describe what most of us feel each day, that there is never enough time or that we don’t know where the day goes.

Is this true? Do we have no control over the clicking clock?

Can we interrupt the passing of time, no; can we stretch time, no; but what we can do is plan how we spend our time and this raises a question that all busy practitioners should consider:

Who is in charge of your day, you or the clock?

Victim or master of time

Most of us would agree that we are victims of time. After all, we can’t stop the clock. Which is true, but we can step back from driven activity to make space for considered activity.

“Considered” in this context should be read as reflective, taking time out to plan activity based on your goals rather than blindly attempting to meet the demands of the day.

If you can make this shift, even failing to complete tasks will point to solutions rather than leaving you with the feeling that you have failed to get stuff done. For example, if you really have too much on your plate would it be possible to delegate tasks?


In a previous post, we discussed the value of stepping back from your normal routine in order to regain perspective. Reasserting your control over the ticking clock can help. Warning signs should be belting out if the voice in your head is telling you there is no time. A helpful suggestion here is that maybe there is no time because you are not making time.

There is no need to re-read Einstein’s second theory here. By making time read taking time out.

If you have ever worked out in a gym you will know that it is necessary to take a breather between routines. Taking time out allows you to stand back and regain perspective.

Try it for five minutes now…

Bob Edwards

Bob has been working with practices across the UK offering novel ways to improve cross-sales and increase new client acquisitions. He is also interested in "step changes" in legislation that offer challenges, and therefore opportunities, for practitioners to provide new recurring and one-off support services to clients.

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