The Gift of Time

TIME - we all have the same amount of it, it's what we do with it that counts.

When you're running your own business it's easy to get caught up in everything and you end up running round like a headless chicken! This often starts because you are time-rich and cash-poor in the early days and it feels like it's cheaper to do jobs yourself rather than pay someone else to do them. That might be the case when you have time to spare but as things pick up and your time gets more precious (the clue's there!) you need to rethink the view that your time is cheaper than someone else's just because you're not having to part with cash.

In another article I will talk about the physical value of your time (ie. in money) but today I want to share with you a short story that has been around for a long time and you may well have come across it before, but it's worth another read just to remind you how valuable your time is and that it's worth taking a second thought about what you're doing with it.

Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning. It carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day. 

What would you do? Draw out every penny, of course! Well, every person has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. 

Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever you have failed to invest to good purpose. 

It carries over no balance. 

It allows no overdraft. 

Each day it opens a new account for you. 

Each night it burns the remains of the day. 

If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. 

There is no going back. There is no drawing against the "tomorrow". You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success! 

The clock is running. Make the most of today. 

To realise the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who has failed an exam. 

To realise the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby. 

To realise the value of ONE WEEK, ask an editor of a weekly newspaper or a football manager. 

To realise the value of ONE DAY, ask someone who is on minimum wages and has just been made redundant. 

To realise the value of ONE HOUR, ask a starving child in Africa. 

To realise the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who has missed the train.

To realise the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who has just avoided a serious accident. 

To realise the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics. 

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it today with someone special, special enough to have your time.

And remember time waits for no one . . .  

Yesterday is history.  Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present! 

If you want help to work out what you're actually doing with your time, which tasks you should be delegating and how you can do that (particularly if you don't have a team) join my FREE online 'Find Your Time Challenge' here.

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You've got MORE mail :-(

The other evening I watched the old 90's film "You've Got Mail" for probably the 3rd or 4th time.

It takes us back to an era of dial-up broadband, when getting email was exciting.  Nowadays we have too much of it and we can drown under the size of our inboxes.  And with so many emails flying about, often just "for your information", its difficult to keep track, find time to read them and know what to do with them.

That's why today I thought I'd mention messaging software.  

Many of us will be familiar with Facebook Messenger or use What's App but probably you're only using them for personal conversations with friends.  But think how much easier it is to keep a track of the conversation when it's all in one place.  And if there's a group of you chatting it's easy to keep up, even if you've been offline for while.  And your personal inbox is probably getting used less and less - if you want to organise a night-out you just all hop onto your chosen social messaging platform and get it sorted quickly and easily.

So why aren't we doing the same in our businesses?

If you have teams that need to converse over projects or stay in touch about customers and day-to-day business issues, just think how much easier it would be if you were using a messaging platform where you could easily catch-up on the whole conversation, even when you've been in a meeting for half a day.

Just think how much lighter your email inbox would be without hundreds of update emails popping in every week!

Luckily, there are a few apps out there that provide this very service for businesses.

Flowdock is one that I use with some of my customers and it allows you to have a number of different group conversations going on (Flows) as well as 121 conversations, so you can manage the communication for a variety of projects or customers all in one place.

I also use Teamwork Chat with my team as it's part of the project management software that I use and it has the same functionality as Flowdock.

Slack is another popular messaging service but I haven't ever used this one so I can't comment, although as far as I'm aware it has the same functionality I've just described.  

Another bonus is that many of these pieces of software integrate (either directly or through IFTT or Zapier) with project management tools such as Trello, so you really can keep everything out of your inbox.

I love to hear if/how you're using messaging software in your business and which ones.  

P.S.  If your inbox is still filling up and taking over your day, you could always splash out a whole £37 on my 'Tame Your Email' course.

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On Reflection

So, I've been back a week ... and I'm going away again in 2 weeks!! 

If you read my update a couple of weeks ago you will have seen that my key learnings came early on in my trip ... whilst I maintained connectivity through-out the trip so was able to work and do my calls, I tried to cram too much in and consequently I was more tired than usual and did less work than usual.

So why am I off again?

To make changes and test again ... well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

I know running a business is hard work and time consuming but there are things that we can do to make it less arduous and free up some our time so we can do some of the other things we want to do with our life.  

I have always believed it’s about processorising, automating and delegating and following the last couple of weeks I absolutely believe that.

Without structure and systems our time is eaten up and so I am trying to structure my time better and get more systems and automations set up before I go off again.

If you want to know more about these things click here to download my free ebook.  


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