Time is precious.
The reason for that is that is pretty much the only commodity that you cannot buy more of. I am fairly obsessed with it to the extent that my colleagues make fun of me. One recently described me as the “time lord” and it has nothing to do with Dr Who.
I am not sure if is nurture or nature but I was raised by a long line of people who wore uniforms for a living. My grandfather, a military man, told me that if you were due on parade at seven in the morning then you were late at ten to. The rationale being if you think the battle is going to start at seven then it might be advantageous to pitch up a bit early and see how the land lies before things kick off.
“Lost time is never found again”, so said Benjamin Franklin, who has proved himself to be a pretty astute person over the years. That is why I am borderline neurotic about wasting time. All other things in life can be acquired and often just require money – and you can usually get more of that one way or another. But there are only ever 24 hours in each day and you need to make the most of them.
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We all know that. But what does it mean practically? How do I not waste time in my business? The short answer is to find the most important thing that you need to do today and do it first. Hardly earth shattering but people just do not do it. The evidence of this is that you can buy entire books based on this simple, one sentence idea – see The One Thing and Eat the Frog that both do variations on this theme.
To make the most of your time and get your “big thing for the day” done you need to commit to this and follow it up. In a team write it up on a board or commit to an action in a Whatsapp group, get an accountability buddy or hire a coach. You can hold yourself accountable, for a while, but it soon slips if there is not another person who is following up and seeing how you are making good on your commitments. The real power of coaching is the accountability. Most people know what they need to do and have the best of intentions but without true commitment and someone following up their actions then it is easy to slip into bad habits and procrastination.
When you compare yourself with other business owners and leaders you will aspire to be like some and rate yourself far higher than others. Often the only difference between you others is how they allocate their time. Some are squeezing every last ounce out of every second whilst others are watching the hours pass them by without making them count.
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Write it down, tell someone and get them to hold you to account.
Use the comments box to commit to an action and come back tomorrow to tell us all how you got on.