Look around your house or your business. Look at all your stuff. How valuable is it? Add up all the assets you own? How valuable is it all?
The most valuable asset you have is not any of that stuff or all of that stuff added together. The most valuable asset you have is your time. Each of us is given the same amount of time each day – 24 hours. The richest people, the most successful people, the most influential people – all have the same 24 hours a day that you and I have. You can trade, sell, buy and create things – you cannot buy or create time.
We All Have the Same Amount of Time
Leonardo da Vinci, Oprah Winfrey, Andrew Carnegie, Bill Gates, Abraham Lincoln… they all have or had the same amount of time each day as you do. They all had 24 hours a day – which is exactly what you have.
We do not know how many days we have on this earth. We only know that it is a fixed number. We all have a limited amount of time in a day, in a week and in a life time to do what we want to do, to accomplish what we want to accomplish.
You cannot buy, steal, borrow or create more time. We are all given the same amount of time each day for however many days we will have on this earth. It is therefore vital that we learn to use that time and manage that time as effectively as we can.
So it is no longer an excuse to say we do not have enough time. We all have the same amount of time. It is not about how much time you have – it is about how you use it. How you use your time is controlled entirely by how you manage it.
Effective Time Management
It is more important to manage your time effectively than to simply manage your time. You can create the most detailed schedule of how you use your time. You can manage it hour by hour or minute by minute, but if you are using that time effectively all that management of your time is meaningless.
By effective I mean that your time must be organized so that you are most productive. Productive does not necessarily mean the use of time that will produce the most income, wealth or money. It can mean that. Being productive to earn more is a part of good time management. But it is not all there is.
Effective Time Management means organizing how you use your time so as to meet all your needs in a balanced life. It means organizing time to eat a proper diet, get enough sleep, further your education, nurture your relationships, do your job, be creative, get sufficient recreation to recharge your batteries and meet your spiritual needs.
Time management is certainly in part about how you organize your day, week and month. It is about schedules and appointments. But all that time organization is merely a set of tools to help you effectively manage time to get the most out of life.
The first step to gaining control over your time is understanding these immutable laws about your time:
- Time is limited. You cannot gain more time or lose it.
- We all have the same amount of time in a given day, week or month.
- The most successful people, including the super-achievers of this world, have no more or less time than you do. The secret to their use of time is how they manage it so that they can achieve the most in the given time.
The Good News
Everyone can benefit from these lessons. It does not matter how old you are. It does not matter what you do. You could be a full time parent. You may work from home. You may work a traditional job. You may be an independent contractor. You may be a student. You may be retired.
No matter what you do you can accomplish more and have a richer life if you effectively manage your time.
Do you have enough time to get everything done you want to do? Would you like to get more done in less time? Get my free Effective Time Management (ETM) lessons. Learn how to take control of your time and achieve more. Get these free lessons here.Wishing you well,
Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.