I thought you would receive value from an email Richard Weylman recently sent out, so I’m sharing it with you.
Author Harvey MacKay said, “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” Even with the myriad of “time-saving” technological devices we now have, do you find yourself wishing for “just a few more hours in the day”? We seem to always be in a hurry, but never really accomplish what we hope to. The answer isn’t adding a few more hours to each day (we would just waste them in meaningless actions anyway), but the answer is to more effectively manage the time you have. How can you do this? Consider these ideas:
1. Instead of a “to-do” list, have a “not-to-do” list. Think of the many time-wasters you perform every day and resolve to eliminate them. Things like reading your junk mail, reading the entire newspaper, etc. Any of these things that don’t actually accomplish anything in the end you should try to “not” do!
2. Evaluate what your time is worth: take your annual projected income and divide it by 2,080 – this will give you roughly what an hour of your time is worth. Now evaluate how much time it takes to do everything you do. Is it worth your time? Or would you be better off delegating that task to someone else whose time is less expensive?
3. Delegate, delegate, delegate! The more successful you are, the higher up the ladder you climb, the more valuable and in demand is your time. Learn to give away any task that can be efficiently completed by someone else.