How much time do you spend on your success? 5 hours a day? 5 hours a week? 10 hours a week? More?
Everyone has the same amount of time in the day. Break it down however you’d like: 24 hours; 1,440 minutes.; 86,400 seconds. You don’t get anything extra to for catching up, and you aren’t deducted any for good behavior. That is the amount of time you have in a day. How you choose to spend that time is up to you.
Some of you may have read that last paragraph and laughed out loud, thinking, “Break down your day into seconds? That’s a little extreme.” To those of you I would say, “How long did it just take you to read this sentence? What about this paragraph? Now the whole article?”
Time is works just like a plan of action. First you have the big idea, such as: I want to develop a business selling widgets. There’s no process, no steps, just a large goal.
But how do you develop a business selling widgets? First you need widgets to sell. Then you have to figure out how you will get those widgets. Will you make them yourself? Buy them in bulk in order to re-sell?
Now you have your widgets. Now you need to figure out how much to sell them for? How many widgets need to be sold to keep the business going? Do you need more people selling your widgets? How many do they need to sell to balance their salary?
There are a lot of steps to building this widget business, and where there are steps, there is time management. Luckily, time itself is a series of steps: seconds, minutes, hours. If you break down your day this way, you will be able to effectively plan out how you can “fit the time in” to grow whatever business you are in.
1) A phone call to a potential client can take five minutes maximum, and that’s if things go well!
2) A social media post can take as little as 15 seconds.
3) A networking event will take you 2 hours, divided by maybe twenty new potential clients you will meet, which means you just spent six minutes on each new prospective client.
When you break down your day like this, you are able to see how little time it really takes for each small step, making the process of time management less bewildering than you may have originally thought.
How can you use your time efficiently? Do you make a to do list? Do you set goals?
In my line of business I hear it all the time: “I don’t have the time!” But you watch 4 hours of television each night.
“I don’t have the energy!” But when your friends call, out the door you go!
“I don’t have the money!” But didn’t you go out to eat last night?
It has been said time and time again by many mentors: successful people will do what unsuccessful people will not do so they can do tomorrow what unsuccessful people cannot do.
Every winner has a game plan, just like in sports.