“Nothing is worth more than this day” Goethe
The first time I read this amazing quote I just had to take a moment and let it sink in. I realised how valuable time is. I realised that each day is priceless, that my time is limited, and that I have to make it count!
Make It Count
It really stopped me in my tracks and was a very real reminder that we should not take our time for granted. Once today is over, it’s gone. We can never get that time back. If we live to be 90 years old, then that’s only 32871.8 days. When I think about how many days I have wasted or how many hours I used to spend watching TV, it makes me wish I had heard the quote earlier in my life!
Life, and especially business, takes up so much of our time that we just don’t realise how very precious each day really is. I know that on many occasions I have spent time on meaningless tasks rather than doing the things I know will help me and my business grow and succeed. Quotes like this keep me motivated and serve to remind me to focus and make my time count.
So if time is our most valuable asset, how can we make it work for us?
I have developed a plan to make sure I don’t waste my time and make sure I carry out the tasks I have to finish each day in order to reach my goals. By telling myself that I will no longer use time as an excuse (or the lack of time), I am forcing myself to be much more productive and am using my time much more efficiently. A by-product of this almost obsessive approach is that I feel great! Each day I complete my tasks I get a huge sense of achievement.
Here is how I have done it:
I surround myself with positive people. I have made a harsh decision to cut out or spend less time with negative people. I call them ‘Positivity Dementors’. You know how Dementors suck the life out of Harry Potter and his friends? Well that is how I view ‘Positivity Dementors’ and I make sure my Patronus is always at hand! (Yep. I am a Harry Potter fan, lol). As soon as any negativity comes my way I switch off, leave the room, or talk to someone else. Negativity and negative people will waste your time.
My workspace is filled with motivational quotes. I have put up posters in each area I work in so I am constantly inspired and motivated.
Wristbands. I bought some wristbands and then used a sharpie pen to scribe some inspiring words on. More like commands to myself, ‘Work Harder’, ‘Do More’ and the Nike phrase “Make it Count’. I saw this used by a youtube Vlogger, Casey Neistat, and immediately saw the potential. If I find myself being distracted by youtube videos then I can’t help but see my bands which then guilt me into getting on with what I should be doing!
Set a schedule AND most importantly commit to keeping to it at all costs. If it’s late, tough. If I don’t get to sleep, so what? I know that my schedule will enable me to meet my goals so if I miss a task then I am letting down myself and my family. You don’t have to schedule far in advance or spend time writing out a 12 month plan. Work out a general goal for the year, then more detailed monthly, weekly, daily, and by the hour.
Just think about the most important tasks you can do that will have the biggest most positive impact on your business and get them done!
I like to make mini schedules. I give myself a target for the day, such as ‘today I will write 5 blog posts.’ Then I plan the time for each one and race the clock!
Keep It Simple
Keep it simple. I have broken down each of my businesses into two very short 3-5 word sentences. Rather than thinking about all the little things that the business entails, I can quickly look at the two sentences on my wall and remember what it is I am trying to achieve.
That’s it, my 5 steps to make it count. I know this might be a bit much for some people but I love working and I love reaching my goals. I know that hard work is required to achieve big things and using processes and tools like these will help take you and your business to the next level.
Let me know what you think. Do you use tools like this to keep you focused and stop you wasting time? Love to hear from you on twitter or facebook.
How do you make it count?
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