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Monday Mottoes – #203

time-clockPossibly the one truly non-renewable resource is time. It’s a commodity in great demand, yet many simply give up and throw in the towel, rather than harness their daily schedule.

Could it be phone calls, e-mails, stop-byes and interruptions at the office that eat up your time? I had a friend who oversaw an entire office and enjoyed being in an open-concept floor plan, yet needed to concentrate. He utilized a red-flag, green-flag on his desk, in order that coworkers understood when they might ask him a question and when he should not be disturbed.

Time. Early in my career I had to train others how to get to the main point of what they were attempting to articulate. My team explained time-managein minute detail, becoming at times lost in minutiae and I would eventually urge, “Okay, and bottom line…?” I hoped to allow them to be heard, but at the same time, I didn’t need to know that the client showed up driving a red Masserati and wearing a red striped tie-!

Guard your time. With loved ones, be generous with your time. Nothing is worse than a business person who has hours for everyone else, however, at home, allows family members two minutes each….

Which brings us to today’s motto:

“Time can be an ally or an enemy. What it becomes depends entirely upon you, your goals, and your determination to use every available minute.” ~Zig Ziglar

ZiglerThat might be the key: what are our goals? Do we have any time goals? How do we prioritize what is deserving of this most precious commodity?

All of us receive 24 hours in one day. Let’s say that there are 8 hours for work and 8 hours for sleep. That still allows us 8 hours for commuting, chores, errands, leisure activities and family. Many of us work much longer and sleep much less, as well-!

In our family’s case, we have six immediate family members (four almost-grown children). Even spending 10 minutes of undivided attention with each, along with a spouse, would not even amount to one hour per day. Not unrealistic. And don’t forget the dogs, either! They need someone to toss the toys and play with them.

Make time your ally today. It’s really not that difficult.

Happy Monday, everyone!


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