Successful people have the same 24 hours as a normal person. But why are they successful?
It's boiled down to the time efficiency that they have of themselves. If they can save a couple of hours each day to do more productive stuff, they will have save a lot of hours in a given year.
Let us look at how to squeeze more hours each day through the 4 little hacks that we can implement straight away after reading this article.
This day I will drink every minute to its full. I will savor its taste and give thanks. I will make every hour count and each minute I will trade only for something of value.” I say this quote to myself every morning. It’s from The Greatest Salesman in the World, a book written by Og Mandino containing ten scrolls, of which each scroll is meant to be read three times a day for thirty days.
After reading it for a month this one quote stuck with me because I believe that time is our greatest asset. Time is like a currency – the way we manage it will either lead us to failure or success in the long term. Therefore if we invest our time in the most profitable areas throughout the day, we are setting ourselves up for ultimate success.
But the thing is, it’s very easy to think we are spending our time wisely – on things like everyday maintenance of our businesses. Whereas in reality our time could be leveraged much more effectively.
Here’s my most effective methods of leveraging your time every day, so you start increasing the ROI on your daily 1440 minutes:
1. Time tracking
I believe that measuring, reviewing and refining is the surefire way to make consistent progress in any area of your life. By tracking how you spend each minute of your day it makes you become aware of precisely where you are wasting time. I recommend buying a journal and writing down how long each thing you do throughout your day takes.
For example: 7:03AM – 7:08AM – shower, 7:08AM – 7:15AM – shave, etc. You can also use an app such as Hours to save time on writing everything down. I know this sounds incredibly tedious but it will pay off hugely when you start to take action to eliminate those time wasting areas.
When I started time tracking I found that I was wasting at least an hour every day on preparing meals. To eliminate that wasted time I learn how to make a breakfast in 5 minutes – scrambled egg whites with spinach (3 minutes) and a protein shake with oats (2 minutes). I also started bulk preparing my lunches on a Sunday so it would take 2 minutes every day to prepare lunch rather than 30 minutes. That adds up to valuable hours saved every week which I now spend working and exercising.
“It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” – Steve Jobs
2. Interim time is learning time
We all have at least 30-60 minutes in our days where we physically can’t be working. Specifically, times such as showering/getting changed and walking/driving. In this time I always listen to podcasts and audiobooks. I ensure it relates to what I’m currently working on in my life.
For example, I may be working on a social media strategy for a new client, I’ll listen to audio specifically related to social media marketing in their industry. Or perhaps I’ll be focusing on a fitness regime to reduce body fat. I may even listen to a book on pitching when driving to a potential client to pitch to them.
This interval time doesn’t seem like much but it adds up over the week. Learning is important to make progress but taking action is where we really see results. So prioritize your work when you can and do your learning only when you physically can’t be working.
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