Dr. Seuss on Time Management or, How Did It Get so Late So Soon?

December 5, 2018

As a child, I did not read Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham.” I preferred fried eggs and country ham. As I grew, Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” had less impact than Harry Chapin’s “The Cat Is in the Cradle.”

Today, because I have more years behind than before me, I appreciate and understand the great truth presented by Dr. Seuss’, “How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness, how the time has flown. How did it get so late so soon?”

Because time is finite, and opportunities are limitless, successful people choose and invest in priority projects. The priority projects deserve our best attention. Use the time to work on tasks that bring you closer to your goals and drop distancing activities that sap strength. 

Avoid the “Everything is important” trap. Everything is not important. Only the real importance is essential. Unsuccessful people opt for the default choice and buy into the easy, non-important, not urgent activities; though, they may be fun.

The speaker at a Lakeland (Florida) Business Leaders breakfast, Bill Mutz titled his presentation: “Managing Time Intentionally.” He shared, “Our lives are enhanced, or limited, by the personal management of two important factors Time and Money.” Bill continued, “We have an influence on the outcomes of both, yet they are directed by elements beyond our control.” It is imperative you guard your time because once it’s flown, it’s gone.

Whatever your age, realize that time flies. One day you will say, “How did it get so late so soon?” Let Dr. Seuss’ statement challenge and motivate you to well use the time you have. Yes, be busy but make it a focused busyness. Adhere to your plan and do activities that lead to goal achievement.