It’s About Time

Several years ago, a business owner and sales manager uttered these words that have resonated with me throughout my life: ” I can give you all of the training and tools you need to succeed, but I cannot give you more time.”

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When you stop and think about it, that may be one of the truest statements ever spoken because we can never give ourselves more time. I chuckle when I read or hear advertisements that claim, “we can save you time.”  Really?  How do you actually save time?  Do you have a special box that you put time in so that I can use it later?  Of course not, we can’t save time; we can only make better use of the time we are given.

No matter what your religious beliefs or affiliations, most people will agree on this; there are no guarantees on time; what we have, all that we are promised is the moment we are in right now; not tomorrow, not next year, but now.

As you approach your life and business goals for 2013, think about time. Think about the fact that our time on this planet is limited and we have no guarantee’s. Make the  most of your time each day.  How do we do this?  Here are five tips for making the most of your time:

  1. Stop meeting for the sake of meeting. If you are in sales or an entrepreneur, you know what an hour of your time is worth; so stop giving it away. If your meeting has a purpose and is essential, great; if not then why are you meeting?
  2. Value your own time as you plan your day, or your week. Be honest how much time you need to devote to each task or each project.
  3. Scale back on social media platforms. Do you truly need to be on every single social platform for yourself or your business? Evaluate and determine which platform makes the most sense for your goals or your busienss.
  4. Delegate and outsource. Use a community manager for your social marketing and/or a virtual assistant for tasks that are stealing your time.
  5. Say No!  Just say no to coffee with friends, to things that waste your time, and to people that”just want to pick your brain!”  It’s okay to say no!

Need further proof? Read this post by Suzie Poirier, owner of Ace Concierge: Your Income is Limited by Your Time. 

It’s About Time.  Your Time; use it wisely!

Comments

  1. Great post John! Time is a precious commodity that should be invested wisely and not squandered. So many people waste hours with low payoff activities that do not contribute to their passion, companies, or life’s work. These things are not a valuable use of time and should be tossed, delegated or forgotten. As you stated, it is okay to say no!! If something doesn’t resonate with your or support/guide you further toward any of your goals or passions, then simply reduce or eliminate it. Focus on the high payoff activities. Value time!!

  2. John Lusher says:

    <html><head></head><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; ">Thank you, Suzie!! &nbsp;Time is so precious, and I believe the better we make use of our time, the happier we can be; plus we eliminate the feeling guilty feelings! &nbsp;<div><br></div><div>Yes, say no to the things that are not paying off, delegate and outsource what you can, and enjoy what you do!!<br><div><div></div></div></div></body></html>

  3. Good points John – I’ll reduce the meetings so I can have more time on Social Media.

  4. So true! Thank you, John. I appreciate the reminder. There is such meaning to the saying that "time flies." :)

  5. John Lusher says:

    <html><head></head><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; ">Thank you for your comments, Marie! Yes, it does and the older I get the more I appreciate it!! :)<div><br></div><div><br><div><div></div></div></div></body></html>

  6. John Lusher says:

    <html><head></head><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; ">Well, Teddy; I would only do that if it is what’s best for you :-) &nbsp;Thank you for your comments!<div><br></div><div><br><div><div></div></div></div></body></html>

  7. And I am so grateful you always have time for me :)

  8. John Lusher says:

    <html><head></head><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; ">My pleasure, buddy! &nbsp;Thank you :)&nbsp;<div><br></div><div><br><div><div></div></div></div></body></html>

  9. Enjoyed this article, John! I’ve had a couple #5′s over the last few years that are fun to meet for coffee once in awhile and go over things, but they always wanted free advice on something and it never went anywhere beyond an hour or two of my time here and there.Keeping a clear purpose to the meetings helps keep them on schedule as well, since you both know what you’re there to accomplish in an hour.Thanks for sharing this!

  10. John Lusher says:

    <html><head></head><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; ">My pleasure, Brian! Thank you for your feedback and comments. I typically will meet with someone once and talk with them; but if they ask again or for a second meeting, I spell out my hourly rate and why I can’t afford to give away all of my time. Most people are professionals and are very understanding about this.<div><br></div><div>Thanks again!<br><div><div></div></div></div></body></html>

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