It sounds simple. We all know our time is limited but most of us don’t treat it as so.
We’re all known for doing things that are a waste of time. It’s part of being human.
As we get older, we always wish we would have spent more time with family or friends or just enjoying life. We realize as we look back, that we didn’t use our time as wisely as we could have.
And we’ll never get that time back.
Instead of worrying about regrets about our past, we should focus on our time now and how to make the most out of it.
Your time is incredibly valuable.
“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” – Carl Sandburg
Except, if you treat it like it’s unlimited and your schedule is always free, people aren’t going to see it as valuable.
You must respect your time first.
Set limits as to when you’re available for others. If you want to dedicate your nights to family, set that as your priority and figure out the time that you become unavailable each night.
This might be 6pm. After 6pm, if someone wants to grab a drink and discuss work, let them know you’re unavailable and provide an alternative that fits your schedule.
Think about the priorities in your life and when you will dedicate time for them. This could be in regards to your health, your family, your friends, charity, yourself in general, etc.
By respecting your schedule and not always being available, your time will be seen as more valuable.
- You’ll be respected more
- Your price for your time goes up because it’s seen as limited
- You’ll likely be less-stressed
Often, we feel that if we aren’t networking or being out and about, that we’re not being productive. We fill our schedules with a mixture of work and obligations that don’t bring us happiness and only cause stress in our lives.
“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Nelson Mandela
Eliminate your stresses and block time that you’re available.
It will take some adjusting, but once you train yourself to not always be available, others will quickly adapt and will work themselves into your schedule if it’s important.
This will allow you to focus on your priorities and can even lead to a higher pay rate with less stress.
So, the question is… Are you available tomorrow night?