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Monday, September 13, 2010

Value Your Time

There are very few things that are considered more valuable than what we do with our time.

We tend to center our lives around its worth in one way or another. We give 40 hours or more a week of it away in exchange for some level of financial security and health benefits. The rest of our time is even more valuable as it is considered our own with no boss attached to it. We give it away to entertainment, education, family, friends, and any and everything that fits our own personal life desires.
However you define it the mastery of time and the application of knowledge and /or information separates modest achievers from some of the most successful people in the world.

How valuable is your time?

Last week I had the opportunity to spend time with several developers from around the world. These men and women have achieved a certain level of success in their lives. Their calendars are packed with speaking engagements, meetings, and events. They tend to think so far ahead that their year is tentatively planned out. Their time management is reflected in everything they do.

How do you make sure that you are getting the most out of your day, month, and year?
It starts with an executable plan. I have developed several plans over the years. The plans that have been accomplished were manageable within reason and I knew what steps to take to achieve my desired goal. I worked vigorously at eliminating everything that was unnecessary.

On the other hand, I have made plans that were overreaching. In both cases I have worked from the perspective of setting a goal and then working backwards to figure out every step that might need to be taken to reach that goal. In some instances I managed to work backwards far enough to figure out what needed to happen each day on an hourly basis. Sometimes you are thrust into a position that requires immediate time management.

Whatever position you find yourself in here are some suggestions and questions that I have read or researched that are a continual help to me. When applied this information it has helped me steer clear of potential pitfalls in my personal life and business career.

What is it you want to achieve?

If you value your time others will as well. Figure out what is important to you. How many hours a day should you give to what is most valuable to you?

What is it that presently takes up the majority of your time? Organize your day by responsibilities. Plan out as much activity as you can. Be flexible. Reward yourself for meeting mile markers along the way to your goal.

You can always make more money, but time and what you do with it is harder to recover.

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