Tick Tock goes the clock… Have you ever had a day where where time flew by? You barely walked through the door and poof, it was lunch time. Conversely, I’m sure you’ve had days where “time stood still”, like the day before vacation :-)? The only difference between the two was your focus. I get it, we’re human.
Time management is a conversation that has only begun with modern civilization. I doubt anyone in the 1500, 1600 or 1700 ever gave it a second thought. Time use to be measured in days. Now it is measured in nano-seconds. Yet, even though past societies were not beholden to the clock (or maybe the sun dial?), they still brought value to the day. They focused on the task and the result of the task.
This past week I read the following quote…
“You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour” Jim Rohn
When you watch the clock and count the minutes in your day, the clock becomes your boss and the task at hand becomes an afterthought. You are endangered of losing your sense of accomplishment as you count the seconds.
When you manage your day to assignments completed, issues resolved, progress made, and continuous improvement initiates started – you understand the value you bring. It will help you prioritize, give you self-motivation, and ensure that you are managing time. And… the day will fly by.
Great companies are made up of teams that count their days based on value added not minutes that have ticked by.