5 Smart Ways to Value Your Time
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5 Smart Ways to Value Your Time

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5 Smart Ways to Value Your Time

“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend”.Theophrastus

The reality of the value of my time occurred to me recently in a very succinct way as I was driving to meet with my customers and I was reflecting on one component of the project that took far longer than expected to complete.  The value of time often becomes a reality because one realizes there has been lost income from extra unexpected hours.  It seems simple enough this valuing of our time.  Continue reading to discover 5 smart ways to value your time.

Here’s what we saw:

  1. Effort and skill applied twice to one area of a project.
  2. Purchasing more product.
  3. Delays in invoicing.

This led me to examine areas in my personal life; I realized there were things I was doing that were unprofitable to me.

“There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” – Proverbs 16:25

That might sound a little dramatic but consider the ways of death as sickness, disease, poverty, bad customer experiences – you get the picture.

These following 5 smart ways to value your time break down into two categories:

  1. How we manage ourselves.
  2. How we manage our environment.

Health and Fitness

Value Your Time with Health and Fitness.
People jogging.

“The First wealth is health”. –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Increased Productivity.  Healthy work environments can improve employee productivity in two ways.

First, healthy employees feel better, have more energy and endurance, and are more capable of working hard at their jobs.  Studies show that happy employees are 12% more productive than unhappy employees.

Second, knowing the value of our time causes us to manage it effectively and this results in a sense of accomplishment and effectiveness.  Its a great ego boost to boot.

Ron Friedman has a great article from a few years ago in the Harvard Business Review regarding study results of physical fitness and work environments.  Here is the link to his article: https://hbr.org/2014/10/regular-exercise-is-part-of-your-job

Good Sleep

Value Your Time with Rest.
A person resting.

“Health is the first muse, and sleep is the condition to produce it”. –  Emerson

Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles.  Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.  Good sleep leads to a better diet, and facilitates improved concentration, and even heightens memory skills.  This helps us be more efficient and use our time more effectively.

Here are some health benefits researchers have discovered about a good night’s sleep,

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/sleep-newzzz/201508/the-crucial-benefit-good-sleep-you-might-be-forgetting

Audit your Activities

Working at a computer.
Working at a computer.

“Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have”. –  John C. Maxwell

Is what you are doing bringing value to your life?

Are you binge watching Buffy?  The flat screen teenager and the black cat may be entertaining but what value do they bring?  Present value, well there is the immediate entertainment value but there is no future value. No Future enhancement, the binge for the eyeballs and brain is like the overdose of Big Burgers where the only thing skinny are the fries.  I have been so guilty of what now seems like decades of video game hours – the empty calories of effort.  Have a look at what you do, when you do it, and what you get out of it.  Consider if the activity fits with who you see yourself as.  Ask: Does this get me closer to my life goals?

Track Your time – Avoid Time Vampires

“We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch”.John F. Kennedy

A time and a place for everything and everything in its place. This applies to time and schedules as much as it does to silverware and place settings.

When planning your day consider it this way: This time slot has these activities and this other slot is a fit for these activities…

Time tracking can be a way to boost your productivity and to increase efficiencies. It can make you realize what you do and how much time you waste.  Causing you to refocus and re-commit to taking advantage of every day, no matter what happens.

Check out this useful resource from Damon Zahariades – The 30-Day Productivity Plan: Break The 30 Bad Habits That Are Sabotaging Your Time Management

When we track our time we make it work for us.  https://hubstaff.com/resources/benefits-of-time-tracking

Reading, Prayer and Meditation

Value Your Time by adding meditation and prayer.
A person praying.

“Practice meditation and concentration exercises, and begin to think more about regaining your sensitivity by avoiding draining situations. Not because of fear but because of intelligence”. Frederick Lenz

Meditation: In the Old Testament, there are two Hebrew words for meditation: hāgâ (Hebrew: הגה‎), which means to sigh or murmur, but also to meditate, and sîḥâ (Hebrew: שיחה‎), which means to muse, or rehearse in one’s mind.

Benefits of prayer: Five ways to integrate prayer into every part of life

“We thrive not when we’ve done it all, but when we still have more to do”. Sarah Lewis

Final Thoughts

Time is valuable. We hope these 5 smart ways to value your time has been an encouragement.  Time is the one thing we all have to spend.  We hope you see the value of the time you have on this earth.  Maybe you need to see the Italian countryside.  Maybe a careful consideration of your time will help you get the resources you need to make the trip 5 years earlier that expected.  One may think of studious time management as compounded interest of our efforts.  Rise, shine and seize your days.

 

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