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Successful people put a high value on their time. They don’t waste it. They realise that time is their most valuable asset, so they do everything they can to maximise results.

If you want to get ahead in life, you can’t afford to waste time. You’ve got to get the most out of each day. You’ve got to complete your work on time, do it well and do it right. 

Life isn’t a practice session. This is it – it’s the only one you have!

We’ve all heard the phrase “Time is money”. 

It means your skills, talents, knowledge and experience have value and that someone is willing to pay you for them. So, when you’re not fully utilising your 

God-given capabilities, you are indeed wasting money. Make the most of your given talents, and you’ll be compensated beyond your wildest dreams.

The greater the value you put on your time, your skills and your talents, the more you’re going to accomplish because you will utilise them better. You’ll reach your goals and achieve your dreams sooner. 

To accomplish more in your life, you’ve got to perform at a higher level. Yes, there are only 24 hours in a day, and you spend somewhere between eight and 10 of them working. As a coach I don’t ask business owners to put in any more hours. I ask just one question: “How do you spend those eight to 10 working hours?” 

Just for fun, imagine that someone is willing to pay you $600 an hour. Eight hours a day is $4800, five days a week is $24,000, 48 weeks a year (you do get a holiday) is $1,152,000. 

A figure of $600 an hour conveniently works out to $10 a minute. So, take $10 and put it on the table. At $10 a minute you can see time.

Once you realise your time is worth this much, you’ll start spending it differently. You’ll eliminate the things that keep you busy and waste your time. You’ll focus your time and energy on the tasks you must accomplish so that you’ll achieve your goals.

You won’t waste your valuable time sitting on hold for several minutes while waiting for someone to get off the phone. You’ll leave a message or call back later.

You won’t waste 30 minutes sitting in a reception area waiting for the person you’re meeting to complete their current meeting. Instead, you’ll make it a point to confirm all meetings and appointments before you leave your office so you can adjust your schedule if others are late.

And, speaking of meetings, you’ll insist that they start on time, end on time, and accomplish the things they were supposed to accomplish. At $10 per minute, multiplied by everybody in the meeting, you can’t afford to waste time. It’s just too expensive.

Remember, your business is not meant to be BUSY-ness! 

The way you spend your time is a result of the way you see your time and your priorities – and ultimately, the way you see yourself. Are you, your partner, your kids or grandkids worth putting in the effort to save time, make more money and enjoy the fruits of your labour? 

I believe you are . . . and that’s worth thinking about.

Chris is former chief executive of the Wellington Regional Development Agency and now an ActionCoach. If you are ready to change and grow to make more money and get more time back in your life to enjoy family, friends and fine things, call Chris on 0222 332 669 or email chriswhelan@actioncoach.com and apply for a complimentary 90-minute strategy session to get you started.

 

Successful people value their time

 
 
 
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