Time is on your side, as long as you understand it.
“Time is money.” You’ve heard that expression a thousand times or more. And as many times as you’ve heard it, you have universally ignored it.
For such a long time it seemed like business was bad and we were busy – now business is great and we are busier. What’s Up?
Now it seems like we are getting pulled in even more directions than we even knew existed. Social media – Internet – service issues – gas prices – pricing by the competition – trying to find nice pre-owned units – V-Auto – “How can I person keep up?” – Training – recruiting – cost controls – E-Leads – CRM – Video Mail – Branding – I-Pads – “Truth be told, you have no time. See if these questions work for you?”
Is it time management or wasted time?
Is it time management or procrastination?
Is it time management or lack of productivity?
Is it time management or lack of achievement?
Is it time management or poor time choices?
You tell me. I’m concentrating on my time challenges, not yours.
I love the expressions that have been created over the years…
Just in time.
No time like the present.
There was a time when.
And a ton of other irrelevant jargon.
So if time is money, as suggested earlier, what are you doing with yours? Are you spending it, or investing it? And how are your time investments working for you? Are you frustrated because there are “not enough hours in the day”? I am. Groucho Marx had it right. He wanted a 36-hour day. That way he could work 24 hours, and still get a good night’s sleep.
Spending time or investing time is a CHOICE. Here are some examples of choices – see which ones apply to you:
* Spend watching TV – invest reading a book
* Spend drinking in a bar – invest writing or preparing for a customer or meeting
* Spend reading a newspaper about the local news – invest talking to your kids
NOTE: Invested time with your family pays the best dividend: Love.
Is it time management? NO! It’s time allocation. It’s how you choose to use your time RIGHT NOW. How are you spending or investing your 16-18 hours a day?
New pressures are being placed on the immediacy of your time – and for many it’s hours, not minutes a day. And these are time uses that have crept into the work fabric, and are firmly planted in your life – and mine…
* Droid/I-Phone/Blackberry. People (not you of course) are addicted. They can’t sit down without looking at it, and responding to it.
* Email. How many a day? Ten? A hundred? More?
* Texting. The newest of the communication modes. Instant and unavoidable.
* Mobile phone. You spend hours on your mobile device with text, search, and email. THEN you start talking. “I don’t spend that much time on the phone.” Really? 1,000 minutes a month is almost 17 hours. And most people spend MORE. I’m not saying it’s all bad time. I am saying it’s 17 hours – you measure its value.
And new time pulls are creating re-allocation of your allotted time. The biggest being social media. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Wikipedia demand business and personal attention and time allocation. Time you and I never had to allocate before. Add blogs, e-zines, emails, and websites, and you have hundreds of new hours demanding, no commanding, both attention and time. Your time. My time.
Wanna add your new allocation of time up? Two hours a day is 10 hours a week, if you only play five days. Doubtful. That’s 500 hours a year. My number would be closer to 1,000 – how about you?
You’re probably 1,000 just on your SmartPhone.
I read an article some time back that said: “If we would stop doing the “critical” and just do the “important”, we would get more done.” It went on to ask: “What was so critical 30 days ago that you didn’t do the important?” YOu can’t even remember. So it’s about allocation of time. Investing your time not spending your time! We get distracted in so many ways during the day that we just sort of: “Run in place”. Make better use of your time – we never know when another down turn is going to come but we know one thing for sure: “One thing we can control is how we use our time.”