Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

I don’t have time

If you have a reason, you will find the time.

Credit to NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Credit to NeONBRAND on Unsplash

The lack of a reason why you do the things you do will consume the time you wish to spend on the things that matter.

Finding the reason is finding what matters to you. And what is it?

We all want to make a difference in the world, but forget the first place where that difference produces an effect and matters. On others.

If what you do doesn’t change others, you won’t find a compelling reason to make a difference. Ask yourself, how can I make positive changes with what I do? Some reasons are evident, while others are subtle, which points to the place of primary change – the vision of what you do. The Big Picture.

You may clean the streets, or be the driver of a cleaner environment.

You may clean toilets, or be the driver of greater human health.

You may deposit people’s money, or be the person they trust their sustenance.

No matter what you do, if you put it into a bigger and positive picture, you’ll see how it makes positive changes in the lives of others.

With everything you wish to do and complain about not having the time to do it, search for the big picture, find the reason, and you’ll find the time.

About Miguel Panao

I am a Professor at the University of Coimbra in Mechanical Engineering. I am also author of books in the fields of environmental ethics and Science and Religion. From the several research projects, this site is personal and dedicated to the search for the best approaches, tools, techniques to improve scientific productivity.

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