Time Management – Time is your most important asset, manage it wisely.
“Time is the scarcest resource of the manager; If it is not managed, nothing else can be managed.” Peter F. Drucker (Management Expert, Pioneer & Guru)
I think that spending a lot of time, dwelling on the importance of time would not be a good use of anyone’s time so I will get right down to the point. Oprah, Bill Gates, the late Michael Jackson, Ghandi, Will Smith, Henry Ford, Russell Simmons, Jay-Z, you and I all have the same amount of time everyday to turn our lives into a reality. We all have 24 hours per day if we don’t get hit by a bus. Thus, I believe that it would make sense for us all to become time-management experts, because this really means that we would all be life management experts. In just a moment, I will show you my daily system. It works, but it won’t work if you don’t work. Here it is.
Everyday, wake up before everyone else in your home does. – Create a quiet time for yourself where you just “think and plan.” Henry Ford (the famous automobile Tycoon) once famously said, “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” How many of us actually take time out to think and plan each morning? I do. How about you?
Write down your goals for the following five categories (spirit, mind, body, relationships and finance). Remember to make BIG DAILY goals for yourself.
Donald Trump was right when he said, “If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.” My friend you have to make BIG daily goals for yourself everyday if you are going to ever create life momentum. Write down the 5 categories listed above and make a goal in each of these areas that you can achieve today.
Commit to getting everything on your list done every day. When you accomplish something you will feel good about yourself. When you cross an item off of your to-do- list you will feel better about yourself. The more you get done, the better you will feel. The better you feel the more confident and ambitious you will feel. You must build life momentum every day. If you are living in your mom’s basement waiting for the ladies (or dudes) to call to take you on a hot date, it is not going to happen. You must jump start your own life by getting up early, making a to-do-list and committing to accomplishing it every day!
Only work via appointment. Don’t take random calls when you can afford not to. If you don’t have a support staff, just set up blocks of time where you focus on one thing. Focusing on everything all at once will cause your life vision to become blurry and your brain might explode. Friend, you must learn to set appointments for everything in your life. Set appointments to work out. Set appointments to make out with your spouse. Set appointments to meet with people. Set appointments to pay bills and hold yourself accountable. To make this happen you must carry a day-timer at all times.
Only engage in mutually beneficial relationships. If someone cannot benefit you and you cannot benefit them on some level you do not need to waste your life (time) having these bogus interactions and meetings. You must be able to tell people “No”. My friend, I had to start charging people for business coaching because I had literally hundred of “great intenders” and “non-doers-of-anything” calling me see if they could “pick my brain” and “take me out to lunch”. If I can’t add value to something I am not going to be on your committee. If you cannot benefit from having a meeting with someone, learn to say “No”. Say it graciously, but say it often. Say “No!”
Only focus on what you can control. If two dudes are talking about their discontentment with politics and the weather do not participate in this conversation. If someone is contemplating the various nuances of the Earth’s religions walk away. My friend, only focus on things that you can control. If you have a fixable problem, fix it. If it is not fixable, move on to something that is. I’m white. He’s black. She’s Asian. He’s a dude. She’s a lady. He’s smarter than I am. She’s taller than I am. Who cares? Just focus on what you can control. He came from wealth. She came from poverty. You came from poverty too. Get over it. Your Dad was a jerk. Her Dad was great. Her Mom was there for her and your Mom wasn’t. get over it! You must learn to focus only on what you can control.
Pay experts and charge if you are one. If you want to save yourself a bunch of time, it is always easier to be a pirate than a pioneer. I’m telling you this from first hand experience here. For me the few hours I have spent with Lori Montag (founder of Zany Bandz and Slap Watch), Clifton Taulbert (New York Times Best-Selling Author and Entrepreneur), Chet Cadieux (the CEO of QuikTrip Convenience Stores) and David Green (the Founder of Hobby Lobby) have completely changed my life. Had I just gone out and “tried my best” I probably would still be struggling in many areas. Why must you go out and reinvent the wheel? If someone knows what you need to know, just pay them for their information. Read their book or pay them for a 1/2 hour of their time. Sometimes 15 minutes with a guru is all you need to get from where you are to where you want to be. If you are a guru, you really need to charge others for your time. If you people are constantly coming to you to ask for your advise, you must charge them or you will eventually spend all of your time helping them achieve their goals and no time helping yourself to achieve your goals. People that are serious about success will be willing to pay you.
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