Where is Your Time Going?
You know, I recently read about an organization that has a one hour rule. That one hour rule is something like this, that there should be no meetings that happen throughout the week that take more than an hour. Now that may seem a little extreme, but there's something about that one hour rule that I liked and it is the value of everyone's time. I would say there is a leader in that organization that realizes the value of time. And I also liked the fact, I don't know if there's anything that you really need to talk about for more than an hour. I mean really what can't be discussed in an hour, right? And I know there's going to be exceptions to the rule, but my point is this, that your time matters and my time matters. The time of your team matters. Because here's the deal. We are each given 24 hours in a day and that's it, right?
You're not given any more time. I'm not given any more time. We each have 24 hours in a day and every minute matters. So I would encourage you today to take a look at your calendar. How are you spending your time? Maybe this is something you need to do. Maybe this is a frog you need to eat. Frog being one of those things that you don't want to necessarily do, but it's important to do. Mark Twain said, if you eat a live frog first thing every day, nothing worse will happen to the rest of the day. Here's a frog you may need to eat and that is to actually document your time for a week or two by the hour. So how am I spending my time starting at 7:00 AM this morning, 8:00 AM this morning, 9:00 AM this morning, 10:00 AM this morning, and go through your whole day and do this for two weeks.
What you'll do is you're going to identify some time wasters. You're like, wow, I've really been spending this much time on Facebook, I've really been spending this much time in meetings, I'm really spending this much time on these projects. You'll discover ways that you can save time, which in turn might save you money. But my point is by documenting your calendar, you're going to identify those time wasters and hopefully you will be able to find some time savers in the process. Here's the deal. Get done what you can get done as fast as you can get it done and as effectively as you can get it done. Maybe you need to implement a one hour rule or something like that where you know what, I'm not going to meet with anyone that I can for more than an hour. Maybe you just need to really look at your schedule and figure out where am I not using my time effectively and where am I using my time effectively.
Remember that time is a gift and you have to own your time. You have to own your schedule and if you don't own it, someone else will. All of a sudden, weeks will pass, months will pass, years will pass, and you'll realize, man, I have not done what I really wanted to do or what I really needed to do. So take a look at your time. Evaluate it. Where are you wasting time? How can you save time? How can you be more effective? It'll make all the difference in the world for you.
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