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:
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Delegate and outsource. Use a community manager for your social marketing and/or a virtual assistant for tasks that are stealing your time.
- 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!