Recently a dissertation coaching client said she had made a choice which would give her more time. That choice reminded me of Found Money.
You know what Found Money is, right?
Here’s an example:
I bought a pack of those special money envelopes that are in the card racks at Christmastime, and about 10 days before Christmas, I sent my nieces and nephews cash as their gift.
I had two or three envelopes left over, so I put them in a drawer.
Closer to Christmas, I took out those extra envelopes and, guess what, there was cash in one of them. Yikes, could I have sent an empty envelope to one of the kids? How else would I have an envelope with money in it? Favorite Aunt Status is at stake.
After a hurried call to the mothers, I was reassured that no, all children had received cash from me.
I felt a little silly that somehow I had put money in an extra envelope.
But the good news was that now I had Found Money.
As someone said to me, “Is there anything better than Found Money, especially at Christmastime?”
Recently what reminded me of Found Money was that my client said she now she had more time.
How is the Found Time showing up in your writing schedule, I asked. Hmm, not sure, she said.
And so here’s my take on Found Time and saying no:
· Once you say NO to something, you will immediately have more time.
· When you get more time, it feels like an unexpected gift that you can use any way you want to.
Something of value has opened up to you—how do you want to spend it?
· Spend that Found Time where it will make a big impact.
· Work on your dissertation during the very time that you would have been doing that old commitment.
· Smile when you think how close you came to frittering away Found Time.
More time gives you hope, and hope gives you momentum and drive.
Found Time or Found Money—which is of more value to you? I’m guessing Found Time. Use it or lose it.
Nancy Whichard, Ph.D., PCC
Your International Dissertation Coach and Academic Career Coach
nancy @ nancywhichard.com