August 8, 2013 john

You are the Only Master of Your Time

So, here is a little rundown for you on time.

There are 60 minutes in an hour, 1440 minutes in a day, 10,080 minutes in a week, 40,320 minutes in a month, and 483,840 minutes in a year. The clock is still running, but I have been on this earth for 19,088,640 minutes so far, adjusted for time zones. The question is, where did all those minutes go? I remember many stand-out moments but I surely do not have over 19 million memories that I can think of.

So, that leads me to think that there are a lot of wasted minutes out there unaccounted for.

If you are like me, every minute is valuable. With the birth of my son, Theodore, this reality has become even more evident. I want to be there for him for the many great events to come and I want to live a long, healthy life so he can turn to me when he needs me.

Because of this, I have had to think long and hard about how I structure my time. First things first, I work from home most days. We set it up so that we have a full time sitter watching Teddy in our home, so we can visit him as much as possible and get some good play-time in with him during our work-days. That is the good stuff.

Second, what that means is that the time I do spend working has to be powerpacked and I have to make the most of each minute I spend working, so I can go and focus on those other things that give me joy.

I am lucky, as my wife is a business coach and time/structure expert. She gets paid a lot of money to help entrepreneurs set up their lives and businesses in a way that has them succeed. So, by osmosis, I “get” a lot of what her clients are getting. I am like a sponge, I soak up tons of valuable stuff that comes out of her mouth.

For instance, did you know that the average entrepreneur wastes an ungodly amount of time in front of Facebook?

It’s good to know that I am not the only one. I may be a Social Expert and do this for a living, but I also get sucked in by all the fun stuff my friends are doing and can lose precious time in front of the great blue ocean of Facebook.

So, to solve this issue, you want to schedule the amount of time you spend on Facebook. Depending on how important you make it, you may want to check in 1-3 times a day, for a specific amount of time and then EXIT. Let’s say 10 minutes.

Again, schedule it based on your level of comfort and business needs. Keep an eye on the clock and get off when your time is done. Go focus on the next task. Be true to your schedule, and it will be good to you.

Make sure to schedule time for breaks and eating a good healthy lunch. If you starve yourself of this time or food, you will become less effective over time, and your health will suffer. Dead equals not effective, remember that.

I also suggest spending the first part of your day creating a plan and a vision for what your goals are and how you are going to reach them. Keeping present to those things will keep you on track.

Further, keep a money goal in mind when you are planning your day. Money tends to be a motivating factor for a lot of people. But even if it is not, it is still a gauge for how you are doing. The more value you offer to your clients, the more money will yield.

Hope this helps, keep rockin and lovin your life and family.

Jeremy