So this week, I stumbled on a book “Time Management” by Anthony Robbins. This book is a great read and I would recommend it for everybody, but then before you get the book, I may as well share a couple of tips I got from reading it.
The word “time” is far from strange to us as it is something we can’t exactly do without in our day-to-day activities, but then, how many of us do realize the importance of time. I am a stickler for punctuality and having things done as at when due. And if you know me well, you would know that I can’t stand people who do not respect my time and this is because I believe that a lack of respect signifies a lack of respect for me, but I won’t be talking about time in relation to punctuality or me, rather I would be looking at it from the business angle.
But before I go any further, let’s define its meaning.
What is time?
“Time is nothing but an emotion or feeling. It is a way we look at a moment, or at life, which produces an emotional state within us“- ANTHONY ROBBINS
I bet you didn’t expect that definition. From the above, you would realize that it is relative. Now you are wondering why I chose the word “relative”?
Two men work at the same bank, hold the same position, both live similar lifestyles but there is a difference – while one loves his job so much and sees a bright future which this job would help create and therefore pours so much passion into it, the other hates his job, finds it pretty boring and only does it because of the monthly pay.
Anthony goes on to state that there is a big difference in how you experience time if you are walking around stressed versus if you are spending the moments of your life doing things that really matter to you or things you love. So, while there is no more physical time for any of us, there is a lot more time for what really matters to you.
So for these two men, the way they experience time really differs, of course, for the man who loves his job, he doesn’t have to worry so much about “time” as he is doing something he is really passionate about. But for the other, time would so crawl, and he would probably spend half of his days wishing clock would tick faster and he would end up achieving very little and this is probably because he has no background knowledge whatsoever on the essence of time neither does he have a clear plan for his life. It goes without saying that if you have a clear plan or a vision for your life, you won’t spend time on things that would not work together to achieve your goals.
People who value their time, have a vision for their life and every second of every minute of the day is spent towards achieving that vision, this is the way big brands are born; the owners of those big brands you envy did not just think up the business and go back to sleep. They realized that no idea is exactly new under the sun, and to get your market space, you have to act very fast, hence, it is quite impossible to create a plan for your time when you do not have a plan for your life.
You stand to gain a lot from planning, as planning your time helps you define the steps you need to take in order to develop your life plan – it helps you define the areas of your life that matter to you most and also to organize them in such a way that you make consistent progress in all of them.
Just in case you are wondering how to create a plan;
Look at your overall vision and purpose for your life;
Review all the areas of your life in which you are working to make progress;
Remind yourself of your top goals;
Map out a plan to achieve these goals and narrow them down by fixing them in your day-to-day schedule.
Ever wondered why you never saw a Lamborghini advert on television? It is because those who would buy it are not sitting at home watching television!!! So get up and get to work!!!
Written by Blessing Iyamadiken