Famous TV personality Oprah Winfrey says: “How you spend your time defines who you are.”
Michael Althsuler says: “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” –
And a wise guy says: “Don’t worry about tomorrow. IN some parts of the world, today is already their tomorrow.”
Book author Stan Toler says: “To say that time is money is an insult to the power of time. Leaders know that time is their most precious commodity, valued even above wealth. They hold the currency of twenty four precious hours in their hand and they know very well that the use of these hours will determine success or failure, want or gain.
These are the same people who:
- Start meetings on time and end on time.
- They use an economy of words knowing that using 10 sentences to say something when one sentence alone delivers the job is a waste of time.
- They spend time preparing their presentations making it relevant, useful and interesting but they also make it concise.
- They respect the time of other people too.
- They plan their time well, they have an agenda and nothing is done without a purpose.
- They know when their prime time is and work at their best and they also know when their relax time is as they pause to regroup physically and mentally.
- They stick to their quality time for their family and never get things mixed up in their schedule.
Killing time is a capital crime and Thomas Edison says it right:
“Everything comes to those who hustle while they wait.”
Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.
But now I want you to think about this. While spending time wisely is one factor for success what about another equally important factor called TASKS?
Let’s talk about Tasks this time.
Every time you think of tasks, think of one word: “Priority!”
Effective leaders do the important thing first.
Ineffective people do what they like doing first. It’s easier this way.
Many important things that need to be done are not pleasant and fun to do. But effective leaders prioritize this. Ineffective leaders deal with the less pleasant and less important things first giving them a semblance of productivity. They are busy all right but they are not busy on the important things. Don’t mistake movement for achievement. It’s easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: Busy doing what?
There is a big difference between what is urgent and what is vital. Just because something is urgent may not mean it is important. And just because some tasks can wait does not mean it is not vital.
Effective leaders ask this one important question: “If I can accomplish only one thing today, what will it be?”
Time and tasks. Aren’t these the most important things we deal with on a daily basis yet guess how many people squander it?
Something will master and something will serve. Either you run the day or the day runs you; either you run the business or the business runs you.
Learn how to separate the majors and the minors. A lot of people don’t do well simply because they major in minor things. Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.
Each day is a gift from God but we do not waste the gift and throw it away.
We make the best use of it.