time management tip # 5 24 hours a day

We all get 24 hours a day. No matter if we’re Japanese, American, tall or short, male or female, rich or poor.

We can’t make more time.

The only difference is how we use the time we’re given.

We can adjust our schedule within the day to seemingly “create” time to do things we previously weren’t able to.

Have you ever sat down and really thought about what you did and compare it to have you could have done?

I was taught this technique by one of my mentors and it really helped me put things in perspective.

When I wrote up my list I had to face some facts.

Was I working hard? Yes.

Was I doing my best? No.

Could I have done more? Most definitely.

The one thing that I try and instill in all my clients is the value of time and how to get the most out of it.

It’s a tough pill to swallow for most people.

Being told that we’re doing things that are ineffective, pointless or worse, destructive, aren’t things we want to hear.

More than a few people I know always stress how much they worked.

They’ll say things like, “I put in 12 hours of OT this week,” or “I’ve been working my butt off.”

They’re emphasizing how much time they put in.

But what’s important isn’t how much time they put in but how much they put in the time they worked.

It’s not how long you work that really matters, it’s whether you got the job done or not.

Who would you want working for you?

  1. Mr. A who works 12 hours a day but doesn’t get the job done.
  2. Mr. B who works 2 hours and the job’s finished.

People like to brag how much they worked but in business you get bragging rights from your results.

This is a common misunderstanding among people = time does not equal value.

Value is what you bring into each hour.

So while you cannot make more time, you can make yourself more valuable.

How? That’s the easy part.

Study, practice, think, prepare, read, watch, learn.

Some will, some won’t.

Which will you be?

Adrian Shepherd

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