November 6, 2011

Make It, Take It

Monday Morning Match is a quick post - maybe a quote, inspirational story or idea - intended to spark some motivation inside each of you so your week gets off to a fantastic start on Monday morning.

The days are shorter now that most of the country as "fallen back" thanks to Daylight Savings Time. That means it gets darker earlier and it really seems like the work day flies by quickly.

So how can you make sure you get everything done that you need to in order to succeed?
Here's some simple advice:

Quit trying to "save time."

You can't do it. There is nothing you can do to "save time." There are 24 hours in the day today, there were 24 hours yesterday and there will be 24 hours tomorrow. I'm pretty sure until something major happens (and I'm not talking about the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series) that the hours in a day won't be changing.

So why do people think that some things they do will allow them to "save time." Do they think if they can do something in 15 minutes less than normal today and they'll be able to take that quarter of an hour, put it in their pocket and use it another day? Wouldn't we all want to find ways to cut a few hours out of the work week and stack them onto the weekend? Or drop them out of our pockets on our last day of vacation?

Here a fact that you should all be aware of; If you want to make time for something, you'll need to take it away from something else.

Start assessing your schedule between now and the end of the year. Are there activities which seem to take a lot of your time that don't help add results? Do you spend time doing things that really don't lead to appointments, contracts or closings?

The key element in time management is a conscious decision.

Start getting serious about your time. Spend it all up.

As they can't take it with you.