This busy executive found a way to ‘play’ with time and get more things done

By Ryan Rigoli

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Ryan Rigoli

Good luck trying to fit Ryan Rigoli into a mold.

He’s a meditation teacher, pianist and a professed monk. But here’s the kicker: Rigoli is a well-versed executive too.

A Stanford grad, he spent years as a senior director of marketing at Yahoo.

Drawing upon this eclectic background, Rigoli helps people achieve something pretty bewildering: build a lucrative business where their intuition serves as the COO.

A lot of his work is focused on aligning one’s priorities to their deeper purpose. He teaches clients how to avoid turning business into busyness, which eventually wreaks havoc on their well-being and personal lives. Rigoli himself slipped into this pitfall when he made the jump from the corporate world to private coaching.

Here’s Rigoli explaining how he managed to get rid of a false sense of urgency and get more things done:

Okay, this may sound a little out there, but here goes.

I’ve been playing with time.

It all started one day, a number of years ago. I was getting worried about my coaching practice. Where would I find my next clients? Would I have to go back into the corporate world? Driven by this panic, I slipped back into my old work patterns and ignored self-care. I cut my daily meditations short or skipped them altogether. I didn’t do any exercise. I started setting up meetings with anyone I could think of and losing touch with friends. I was exhausted.

Whatever business I was creating turned into busyness — none of it very meaningful.

Then it clicked: what if I was actually able to control time, or at least my experience of it?

So, I started to play.

First I decided to speed up for a few hours, just to see. Sure enough, everything intensified: more emails, more calls, more cancellations. When I decided I had enough, I finally slowed down. I got up and went to meditate for an hour.

At first, it was extremely painful. I felt like I was going through a detox program. I wrote out my intentions for the next six months. I canceled meetings and only said yes to requests that felt aligned with my intentions. I took time off from work and spent the time cleaning my place, my car, and giving away stuff I didn’t need. I attended to myself and put more care into those I loved. I let go of the fear of what would happen next.

My outer world changed. My e-mail communication returned to normal, the right people were coming into my life, and I was actually getting things done with less effort. Time no longer felt like an enemy.

To this day, I continue to experiment.

Could it be that, the more we attend to our self-care and act from a place of inner guidance, the more flow and synchronicity we experience in our lives? I invite you to start playing with time. What does it open up for you?

A longer version of this article appeared here.

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