If you don’t know how much time you have—or need—then how on earth can you expect to manage and balance it?
The first thing you must do it make success your duty by setting distinct and definitive priorities. I can’t do this for you, of course; everyone’s priorities are different. However, if success is a main concern for you, then I would suggest you spend most of your time doing things that will create success.
Of course, I don’t know what success means in your life. It could involve a variety of people and things: finances, family, happiness, spirituality, physical or emotional well-being—or, if you’re like me, all of them! And remember—it can be all of them. They may believe that “If I am rich, I can’t be happy” or “If I thrive in my career, then I won’t have time to be a good father, husband, or spiritual individual.” In fact, it’s interesting to notice that the people who put limits on what is available to them are also most inclined to talk about “balance.” However, this is a flawed manner of thinking that neither time management nor balance will resolve.
The question they should be asking is “How can I have it all in balance?” Successful people have attained the things they desire in quantities so great that no one can take them away. And how can a person consider him- or herself successful if he or she isn’t happy? What happiness is there in being unable to pay the bills or provide for your family or worry about your future? The moment you achieve one goal you’ve set for yourself, then it’s time to establish a new target. Quit thinking in terms of either/ or and start thinking in terms of all and everything.
Every single person has 168 hours in a week, and based on a typical 40-hour work week, the average employee is only productive 37.5 of those 168 hours (30 minutes for lunch each day). And it’s pretty unlikely that most people actually work this entire 37.5 hours. In fact, the average individual spends 22.3 percent of his or her available time at work, 33.3 percent asleep, and then 16.6 percent in front of a TV or online—and those comparisons assume that the person spends 100 percent of his or her time at work actually working! Then these very same people worry about balance and time management. But an imbalance is always going to occur when you don’t do enough with the time you have.
While most people claim to value time, many don’t seem to know very much about it. Who creates time? Do you create your own time, or does someone else do that? What can you do to create more time? What does the expression “time is money” mean? How do you treat time to make sure your time is money? What is the most important thing that you should do with your time? All of these questions are worthy of consideration and require your attention in order for you to maximize time.
To really understand, manage, maximize, and squeeze every opportunity out of the time you have, you have to fully understand and appreciate how much of it you have available to you. You must first take control of your time—not allow others to do so. If you listen to people discuss the topic of time—especially in regards to the amount they have at work—you’ll probably hear a lot of complaining. People act as though work is something to get through, yet in reality, they spend very little of their time even doing it. Most people only work enough so that it feels like work, whereas successful people work at a pace that gets such satisfying results that work is a reward. Truly successful people don’t even call it work; for them, it’s passion. Why? Because they do enough to win!
An easy way to achieve balance is to simply work harder while you are at the office. This won’t just leave you with more time; it will allow you to experience the rewards of your job and make it feel less like work and more like success. Try to take this approach: Be grateful to go to work, and see how much you can get done in the time you have. Make it a race, a challenge—make it fun.
The first thing to do when managing time and seeking balance is to decide what is important to you. In which areas do you most want to achieve success and in what quantities? Write those down in order of importance. Then determine the total amount of time you have available and decide where you are going to allot time to each of these endeavors.
You have to decide how you are going to use your time. You must command, control, and squeeze every second out of it in order to increase your footprint and dominate the marketplace. Get everyone necessary—your family, colleagues, associates, employees—to recognize and agree upon which priorities are most important.
Consider the types of traits this thinking has created in people: laziness, procrastination, a lack of urgency, sloth, a tendency to blame others, irresponsibility, entitlement, and the expectation that it’s up to someone else to solve our problems.
Happiness, security, confidence, and fulfilment come from utilizing your gifts and energy to achieve whatever you’ve decided is success for you. And it requires every bit of your time, which is yours—and only yours—to control.
This Article is taken from 10x Rule
Written by Arshad. A
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