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Sometimes it seems as though time has increased its speed. Our weeks seem like a day. We blink and it's gone. We look at the calendar and wonder where the year went. The good news is that there are some specific rules that apply to time. Our awareness of these principles is a key indicator as to how we decide to spend what we have. Time is a valuable asset that is perishable. This means that it cannot be saved. We must spend what we have everyday.
We have all heard someone say, “I will take a vacation, get more organized, clean the garage, visit my family, or read more when I get the time.” All of us have a “Someday I will list” and we say “Oh, I will get to that when I get around to it.” The reality is we cannot get more time. This is one area where everyone in the world is equal. We all have the same amount of time in a day and that's all the time there is. We cannot make it, nor can we save it to spend later. Time just keeps ticking and we must spend all of it every day. There are tremendous amounts of resources on the subject of time management. But I believe we cannot manage time itself. The only thing we can manage is ourselves within the time.
All things require time. No matter what you want to do in life, whether it’s work, a round of golf or sleeping that extra few minutes, it requires time. Time is indispensable. There is a rule in planning called the 10/90 Rule. This rule says that the 10% of time you spend to plan your activities in advance will save you 90% of the effort involved in achieving your desired results. When we take the time to plan it helps us to think through the actions and steps involved in completing the task.
We have also heard people say, “I don’t have time for this.” What they are really saying is “this” is not important to me. In order to get control of our time we must know our highest priorities. Only then are we able to say “yes” to our goals and “no” to the things that are not in line with what we are trying to achieve.
Time is irreplaceable. Nothing else will do, especially in relationships. Highly successful people understand that time is the only currency that builds relationships at work and at home. Most people equate the amount of time you spend with them to how much you care about them.
When we think about all we “have to do” it may seem overwhelming. I have heard it said that we are busier in our minds than we actually are in reality. Our mind needs to get organized before it will show up in our daily life. Here is a quick exercise to help put your To-Do List into manageable perspective.
By giving your tasks the proper level of priority (Urgent (HAVE TO), Important or Optional) it will help reduce the overwhelming stress of getting it all done NOW. And here's a news flash: deciding to wait because a task is not important or optional is not procrastination. When I think of time, I think of it as currency in exchange for something else. Our time should be spent in exchange for what really matters to us. We have 168 hours in a week. Evaluating how you are currently spending that time will help in taking control. The average person spends 49 hours per week sleeping, 6.5 hours eating and 40 plus hours working. So that leaves 72.5 hours per week for other activities. When we stop and evaluate how we spend our time, we often discover that what we say is important and what we do with our time is different. By planning and making these necessary adjustments, we can gain a greater level of control while living a purposeful and peaceful life.
Tammy Holyfield is the founder of Holyfield International, a business and personal development company. Holyfield International works with business professionals, entrepreneurs, CEO’s, managers, leaders and individuals from all walks of life, teaching skills that are proven, practical and get results. She is also a business and personal coach, professional speaker, author and consultant. For information on organizational solutions or to reach her visit www.holyfieldinternational.com or call 619-431-1345. Follow Tammy on Twitter and Facebook for more insights on business and leadership.
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