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Time Is Your Most Valuable Resource
Your most valuable resource is time, not money!
Once time is gone, it's gone forever. This is true for your personal and business life. Learning to manage your time is invaluable. This skill is reinforced by your parents early on or learned later in life with new habits of time-management. If you don't learn time management then your time will just waste away. Andrew Lloyd Beaver PA puts it “Time is a nonrenewable resource, don’t waste it.”
Here are some time management tips to consider adapting in your business life.
1. Prioritize what is important
Are you too busy at work putting out fires instead of accomplishing new tasks? That means you are not deciding what really is "important" vs what needs to be done that second. You need to decide what "priority" level a certain task is. Plan ahead and decide which tasks you need to dedicate time to, complete those tasks and then move onto the many "fires" that can happen in a day. Start your day with "high" priority tasks.
2. Set your schedule and let it be known
Do not have an "open door" policy when you need to concentrate on certain tasks that are "high" priority. You need limits. You do not want a constant series of interruptions that take up all your time. You will have little work done at the end of the day. Setup a form of communication that let's you check at certain tmes of the day. Andrew Lloyd Beaver PA says "you'll maximize your time when you shut out everything that could distract you like walk-ins, phone calls, emails ect."
3. Assign what you can
I know it is tough to delegate tasks. Tasks can be done at a satisfactory level without you. Write down every task you need to address today and this week. Assign each tasks an assignment level. The highest level are the tasks you can only do. Assign all the low level tasks. Give your team a chance to show what they can do.
4. Track what you spent your time on
Hold your self accountable! You track your employees time spent on the job and you should do the same thing. Check over your weekly assignment list to see if you stuck to your own plans.
Here are some time management tips to consider adapting in your personal life.
Have you ever found yourself using the phrase, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day”? You most likely work 40 hours a week and have limited personal time. How you spend your time is very important.
1. Determine your priorities
Figure out what you want to do in your personal time. Going to the gym, spending time with the family, ect. Block off chunks of time to schedule what you want to do. Andrew Lloyd Beaver PA says, “Most of your stress is because you’re thinking about multiple things. Focus on one task and the now.”
2. Learn to say no
Stop being a people pleaser. Many use this as an excuse to never say no. Especially when it cuts into your personal time. Be firm with your no. Be assertive yet courteous. You have boundaries and many people like to use manipulation techniques if they know they are doing it or not.
3. Hold yourself accountable
Time management is useless if you do not hold yourself accountable to actually do it.
4. Know what wasting time truly is
Andrew Lloyd Beaver PA say there are different interpretations of "wasting time". For example, I enjoy sitting around and basically doing nothing. Many people might call that wasting time. I actually think that more people need to sit around and do nothing. I know too many people that literally need to be doing something at all hours of the day until they crash and burn.