By Janet Walgren
If I were to list the statements that I hear from overwhelmed friends, students, and co-workers and rank them by frequency, the top statements on the list would all involve time:
– I just don’t have time.
– I am overwhelmed with too much to do and too little time.
– There aren’t enough hours in a day to do everything AND…
– I don’t know how I am going to manage this and everything else…
– I haven’t touched this for months…I just don’t have time.
– With work and my family, I don’t have any time left for me.
Contrast that list with this list of comments involving time that I hear at work while interacting with my co-workers during the day:
– Can you get this for me by noon?
– Please schedule this for Friday 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time.
– I need you to schedule Monday, February 26th from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. Pacific Time for your class.
– Please have your management reports ready on Monday by noon so that I can review them before the meeting.
– Can we schedule a conference call for 45 minutes on Monday, February 5th from 11:00 to 11:45 A.M. Pacific Time to discuss…
– There will be a department meeting to discuss… at … restaurant on Friday at noon. Please confirm by Wednesday noon.
Note the difference in the communications? In family and non-work related paradigms, time seems to free flow like water running down stream. In the business world, time is purchased. It has a preset value per hour depending on the needs of the company. It is a resource that is closely guarded and tightly scheduled.
As I talk to people, it has often occurred to me that they would be so much better off, so much happier –so much more successful if they only made one change. That change involves understanding the value of their time. Time is the one resource that every individual receives an equal allotment of every single day. EVERYONE gets exactly 24 hours.
There is a saying, “Time is Money!” Businesses understand this because they have to purchase time. Just how closely the skills of an individual match the needs of a company determines the price that the company is willing to pay for the employee’s time.
As employees, we know the value of eight hours of our time, but what about the other sixteen hours of our day? How much is your time really worth? How would you feel if someone walked into your house and took some money out of your wallet and walked out your door? Would you call the police or just not say anything because it would be considered rude?
It is interesting how people allow others to steal their time because they don’t want to be considered discourteous. Do you give away your time for things of very little worth or willingly sell it for nickels and dimes? Do you budget your time as well as you budget your money?
Perhaps you would do well to make a time budget just like you make a money budget. Every day you have a time income of 24 hours. How will you spend it? You can’t save it! At the end of the day your time balance is zero, but –there is (or could be) value for what you purchased with your time. Are you satisfied with your purchase?
-Only you can choose how you budget your time.
The difference between highly effective people and the average person is how they budget their time and what they purchase with it.