Manage yourself, not your time
Time is one of the commodities business owners never seem to have enough of. One of the consequences of this is that their families suffer. Those that are able to devote sufficient time to their families usually complain that they never seem to have the time to take on new business opportunities. Whether it is time to take that long awaited holiday, time to spend with the family, market or systemise the business, there is never enough time to go around.
The business owner needs to prioritise what they do so they can concentrate on doing the most important and time saving jobs first. The driving force behind managing your time (or rather managing YOURSELF since time is a constant we cannot control) is to accomplish your ultimate goal/s. below are 3 Tips on how to improve your time:
Q: How do Successful People Increase the Value of Their Time?
A: Successful People put a high value on their time.
They don’t waste it. They realize that time is the most valuable asset they have, so they do everything they can to get maximum results. If you want to get ahead in life, you can’t afford to waste time. You’ve got to get the most out of each day. You’ve got to complete your work, tasks, and projects on time, do them well, and do them right. In this article you’ll discover my top three tips on time-saving together with strategies that will help you get more out of each day.
1. Time is money
But what does that really mean? It means that the things you know – your skills, talents, knowledge, and experience – have value and that someone is willing to pay you for them. So when you’re not fully utilizing your God-given skills, talents, knowledge, and experience, you are indeed wasting money. Ask yourself: “How much value do I put on my time?”
The greater the value you put on your time, your skills, and your talents, the more you’re going to accomplish, because you will utilise them better. You’ll reach your goals and achieve your dreams sooner. And when those goals have been reached, you’ll set your sights on even bigger ones.
2. Give Yourself an Extra Hour Each Day
I discovered this concept, quite by accident while I was camping with my family. One morning I woke up very early about 5:00 in the morning. I got dressed and wandered outside our camping tent, looking at the surface of the lake in front of me – it was like a mirror. Schools of perch flashed bright silver in the early morning sun, just below the surface. A solitary loon was still paddling around, occasionally diving for food. No cars. No boats, Nobody. Just nature…and me. It was wonderful, at sixteen; to have made this discovery that there was seemingly ‘another world’ of wonder, beauty, and opportunity…just waiting to be experienced. From that morning on, I promised myself never to waste my time in this world by not making the time for what I really wanted to do.
Over the years, I’ve taken this concept to heart. When I’ve wanted to complete something that was very important to me, I would get up at 5:00 A.M. and work for an hour or longer before eating breakfast. When you have work that is very important to you, get up early and give yourself an extra hour of uninterrupted time each day. You’re bright and alert, you have lots of energy, your concentration level is high and most importantly, you’re highly motivated. You’ll be amazed at how much you’re able to accomplish when you focus your energies on completing a single task. As well, you’ll be amazed, as I was, all those years ago, with what I experienced.
3. Do One More Thing Before You Call it a Day At the end of each day,
look at your daily to-do list and do one more task before you call it a day. The concept of making one more phone call or completing one more task before calling it a day has helped me further my career in many ways. Since I started doing this I’ve reached hundreds of people who were still sitting at their desks at 5:30 P.M. The “gatekeeper” had gone home…so there was no one to screen their calls. And I’ve completed thousands of tasks that have enabled me to stay a couple of steps ahead of my competition.
Think of the impact this will make for you. At the end of your week, you’ll have completed five more items that were on your to-do list. At the end of the month, an additional 20 items will have been completed. And at the end of the year you’ll have completed an extra 200 tasks. Get more things done during the course of the day, and you’ll have more time to chart your course which means you can really accomplish your goals the ones you’ve only dreamed of achieving.
ACTION’s Top Time Management Tips
• Set personal motivating goals
• Don’t finish today until you planned tomorrow
• Eat a frog for breakfast EVERY day…
• Don’t major in minor things
• Create a default diary / stick to it
• Invest time don’t spend it
• Have an agenda for all meetings
• Have conference calls to save time
• Learn to delegate to your team
• Hire an ActionCOACH to keep you on track
Success Tip: Don’t put off till tomorrow what can be done today…because tomorrow may never come…right?