Successful People Increase the Value of Their Time
Successful people put a high value ontheir time. They don’t waste it. They realize that time is the mostvaluable asset they have, so they do everything they can to get maximumresults.
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 many time-saving tips, techniques, ideas, and strategies that will help you get more out of each day.
Anecdote: It’s the only game we’re playing.
Before every game, just after the national anthem was played, someone on a Major League team would yell: “Hey, this is a really big game,guys.” “Why’s that?” someone else would ask. “Because it’s the onlyone we’re playing,” a third person would shout. During the months thatritual was followed, the team had the best won-lost record in theleague. And, so it is with life. This isn’t a practice session. There isn’t another “game” after this one. This is it. Live it as if it’sthe only one you’ll ever have…because it is.
Increase the Value of Your Time
We’ve all heard the phrase “Time is money.” But what does thatreally mean? It means that the things you know – your skills, talents,knowledge, and experience – have value, and someone is willing to payyou 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?
Your skills, talents, knowledge, and experience are the most valuable assets you’ve got.
Make the most of your given talents, and you’ll be compensated beyond your wildest dreams.
The greater the value you put on your time, your skills, and yourtalents, the more you’re going to accomplish, because you will utilizethem better. You’ll reach your goals and achieve your dreams sooner. And when those goals have been reached, you’ll set your sights on evenbigger ones.
Give Yourself A Raise.
Put a higher value on your time and you’ll spend it differently. Learn how to use your time more effectively and you’ll accomplish a lotmore and make a lot more money.
In order to accomplish more in your life, you’ve got to perform at ahigher level. Yes, there are only 24 hours in a day, and you spendsomewhere between 8 and 10 of them working. (And if you add commutingtime, you’ve probably got a 10-, 12-, or even 14-hour day.
So we’re not going to ask you to put in any more hours. We just want to ask you a question: “How do you spend those 8 to 10 working hours?” Here’s how to improve the way you spend your time so that you’llaccomplish much more every day, and in the end have more time for yourfamily, your friends, and yourself.
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Just for the fun, pretend that someone is willing to pay you $600 anhour for your skills, talents, knowledge, and experience. Multiply that out. Eight hours a day is $4800. Five days a week is $24,000. And 50weeks a year (you do get a vacation) is $1,200,000. Now we’re talkingreal money.
And, since we’re sure you work 10, or even 12 hours a day, andprobably Saturdays and parts of Sundays, these figures are on the lightside. But the goal isn’t to put in more hours. It’s to get more out of the hours you do work.
$600 an hour conveniently works out to $10 a minute. So, to take a$10 bill out of your purse or wallet, put it on the table, and look atit for a minute. At $10 a minute you can see time. At $10 a minuteyour colleagues and co-workers can see time. At $10 a minute, you won’t waste time.
You won’t waste your valuable time sitting on hold for severalminutes while you’re waiting for someone to get off the telephone. You’ll leave a message or call back later.
You won’t waste 15 – 30 minutes of your valuable time sitting in areception area as you wait for the person with whom you’ve scheduled ameeting to complete his/her current meeting. Instead, you’ll make it apoint to confirm all your meetings and appointments before you leaveyour office so you can adjust your schedule if others are running a bitlate.
And, speaking of meetings, you’ll insist that they start on time, end on time, and accomplish the things they were supposed to accomplish. At $10 per minute, multiplied by everybody in the meeting, you justcan’t afford to waste time. It’s just too expensive.
Once you begin to realize your time is worth this kind of money,you’ll start spending it differently. You’ll do only the things thatare really important. You’ll eliminate the things that keep you busyand waste your time. You’ll focus your time and energies on the tasksyou must accomplish so that you’ll achieve your goals.
The decisions that come out of meetings can be worth tens ofthousands or tens of millions of dollars to your company. They canaffect your raises, bonuses, and promotional opportunities. The benefits of a well-run meeting can greatly exceed the cost of $10 per minute for those in attendance.
The way you spend your time is a result of the way you see your time and the way you see your priorities.
Give yourself a raise – in your mind – increase your level ofperformance, and you’ll travel much faster down the road to success. You’ll also make more money than you ever dreamed.
Now, take a moment to think about how you spend your 8 to 10 hoursduring the workday. What are your five biggest time-wasters? How muchtime is wasted on each of them every day? What can you do to eliminateor reduce this drain on your time, energy, and enthusiasm?
Give Yourself an Extra Hour Each Day
As a young man I discovered this concept, quite by accident. Livingwith my grandparents during the summer at an idyllic lake, I rarely goout of bed before mid-morning…since most of my friends at the lake slept in. One morning I woke up very early…about 4:30 in the morning. I got dressed and wandered down to the lakeshore. The surface of the lakewas like a mirror. Schools of perch flashed bright silver in the earlymorning 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 thisdiscovery…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 thetime 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 at5:00 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 andgive yourself an extra hour of uninterrupted time each day. You’rebright and alert, you have lots of energy, your concentration level ishigh and most importantly, you’re highly motivated. You’ll be amazed at how much you’re able to accomplish when you focus your energies oncompleting a single task. As well, you’ll be amazed, as I was, allthose years ago, with what I experienced.
Many of us spend several hours a day commuting to and from work. Ifyou’re one of them, would it be possible to change your schedule so asto avoid the heavy traffic? This would enable you to convert commutingtime-to-time you can use more productively and effectively. To go onestep further…perhaps you can change your work schedule so you could work from home one or two days a week and eliminate the commute altogether.
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. Make one more phone call. Write onemore letter. Find one more thing you can accomplish and cross off yourlist before you go home.
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 werestill sitting at their desks at 5:30 P.M. The “gatekeeper” had gonehome…so there was no one to screen their calls. And I’ve completedthousands of tasks that have enabled me to stay a couple of steps aheadof 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 havemore time to chart your course, which means you can really accomplishyour goals… the ones you’ve only dreamed of achieving.
Don’t put off till tomorrow what can be done today because tomorrow may never come…right?