Time is money – this adage has been around for generations – the more time you spend working, the more money you will have. And yet, you never have enough time. Your life is scheduled to the very last minute and then you manage to grab some more time by sacrificing some, well, time. If only you had more time, you would be sure your latest venture would be more successful, you would be more relaxed and there would be time left over for some of the other things you wish you had time for.
Everybody gets the same amount of time. Everybody gets a 24 hour day and 168 hours each week. Nobody gets any more or any less than that. And yet it seems that some people do have more time than others. There are those who manage their time well and those who tear madly from one minute to the next, frantically using up all their time – and large proportions of energy as well.
Time is not money. Energy is money.
When your focus and energy are on the activities that will get you the most ‘bang for your buck’, you are using both your time and energy very effectively. It is effectiveness that can turn a business from a struggling enterprise into a successful organisation. Efficiencies do not need to be big or change the culture of your company. What they do need to do is allow you to prioritise your time so that when you are focusing your energy on your work, you are 110% efficient, and not distracted by tasks that require time and energy that is disproportionate to the outcome.
Some efficiencies can initially feel like a step backwards. A classic example of this is the time it takes to train an employee to do jobs that need doing but are not vital to the success of the business. When you are busy, it appears to be easier to do something yourself rather than to take a little more time helping someone learn a new skill. In the long run however, it is efficiencies like these that can make or break a business.
Often it can be tasks and duties outside of your work environment that can take up your time. Domestic duties, and social obligations can not only seem like a ‘waste of time’ but also a drain on your energy. By out-sourcing tasks such as cleaning and the laundry, and by cutting social obligations that drain your energy, not add to it, you are immediately accessing more time and energy which you can then spend on the things you really want to focus on.
By not letting time rule your week, and prioritising where you spend your energy instead, not only will you feel more in control of your life, you will start to see dramatic improvements in your well-being, your business success and your bottom line.
Gayle Rowanon August 19, 2014 Reply
Thank you again Rachel for your timely messages, and the clarity you create.
Ruth Newmanon August 19, 2014 Reply
So true. It takes self control and determination to give away those tasks that someone else should be doing but it feels so liberating once you do it.
Sue Tsigaroson August 19, 2014 Reply
This is so true, Rachel – what a great topic!! In fact what is the point of efficiently time-managing things that are not true priorities anyway? Without clear energy and focus, we get dragged THROUGH time and are not actually present IN time. This is energetically draining, so we end up tired and cranky, felling like we are working too hard. What would change for each of us, if we looked at time as a sacred gift?