“Time is more valuable than money.
You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”
— Jim Rohn
It’s been said that your time is one the most valuable things in your life. Yet it’s all too easy to take time for granted. If this statement is true, it would make sense to spend more time doing things that are important to you and less time doing things that aren’t really adding any value to your life. If you take time for granted, you may find it slipping away without your most important goals accomplished.
While this sounds great, it’s often not easy to do. Most of us have very busy lives, so it can be a challenge to step back, take stock and do things differently. So how can you begin to make some changes?
Although you can’t make sweeping changes overnight, you can start making small changes on a daily basis that will make a big difference in your life in the long run.
A sure-fire way to spot “non-value” activities is to track your time. Most people are surprised to see how much of their time is spent on things that aren’t adding any value. Everyday distractions and interruptions can creep in unnoticed and gobble up your productive day.
Once you pinpoint these “non-value” activities you will be in a better position to make conscious decisions about your time commitments. You’ll be better able to discern when committing your time that it’s in alignment with what matters most to you.
Action for the week: Track Your Time
Track your time in 15 or 30 minute increments for at least a week. Review your activities daily and ask yourself this question: “Do these activities align with what I want to achieve and what is most important to me”? Anything that doesn’t is subject to change.