Using Aces, Clods, and Swap Meets To Maximize Your Life

by Ron Haynes

Maximizing your life is a strong term, no? But there are some real strategies that you and I can begin using today to live our lives to the fullest and make the most of our time on this earth by using Aces, Clods, and Swap Meets.


Aces are those areas of your life that produce the most for you personally. They are those things that give you the most satisfaction and pleasure, whether it’s spending time with family, oil painting at Yellowstone National Park, working on your suspense novel, or planting a new flowerbed. These activities are usually starved of your most precious resource: your time.

By diverting a larger portion your most precious resource (your time) to these areas of your life, you’re well on your way to experiencing a fuller, more richer life. Only you can determine what makes you happy (your passion) but once you’ve done that, spend larger chunks of time on those things.


Clods are those things, areas, or activities that get the majority of your most precious resource (your time), but they are poor producers in the satisfaction arena. Maybe your job is sucking the life from you, maybe you’re in a relationship that demands every waking moment, maybe that investment is keeping you up at night with worry. It doesn’t matter what it is, it is a time sink and it’s a poor producer for you.

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Spend less time on these activities. Practice reverse goal setting and determine what you DON’T want to do. It takes a lot of self discipline, but it’s always worth it.

Swap Meets

Nothing like a little bartering! If you’re resource poor (time or money), find a friend willing to swap with you. Do you have a friend who loves to garden? Offer to do Internet research on something he’s working on in exchange for sprucing up your flowerbeds. Have a friend who can fix any computer? Offer to keep her dog on her next vacation in exchange for upgrading your PC.

Everyone needs something to be done. When you barter like this you accomplish two things:

  • You create a better relationship with your friend.
  • You get something done for yourself.

Using an Aces, Clods, and Swap Meets strategy can pay off in a big way. Many large companies look at their opportunities to produce what they want in a similar way. The smart ones pour resources into those actions that produce and they starve those that don’t. They look for mutually beneficial partnerships with other companies where they can benefit from each other.

None of this is new, it’s just a different way of looking at life strategy.

What do you think? What are your Aces, your Clods, and where are your potential Swap Meets?

About the author

Ron Haynes has written 988 articles on The Wisdom Journal.

The founder and editor of The Wisdom Journal in 2007, Ron has worked in banking, distribution, retail, and upper management for companies ranging in size from small startups to multi-billion dollar corporations. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from a top MBA program and currently is a Human Resources and Management consultant, helping companies know how employees will behave in varying situations and what motivates them to action, assisting firms in identifying top talent, and coaching managers and employees on how to better communicate and make the workplace MUCH more enjoyable. If you'd like help in these areas, contact Ron using the contact form at the top of this page or at 870-761-7881.