"Time is the measure of business."
--- Francis Bacon, Sr.
We've heard it said over and over again: "We all have the same 24 hours in a day, 365 days a year." What does that mean? Is that supposed to motivate a person into doing more with their time? Is it just another form of a guilt trip to light a fire under our rear ends?
Frankly, it is annoying, but true. Time management is all about using the same amount of time allotted to each of us, to the best of our abilities, for the sake of our priorities. The problem we all face is distinguishing our priorities from the priorities placed upon us by others and our business.
"Drive thy business, let not that drive thee."
--- Benjamin Franklin
When a business is created, a ferocious consumption of time begins. It doesn't happen instantly, but over time (pun intended!) the business that we manage begins to manage us. We then put in more time in order to free ourselves up from tasks that might take away our time. And the cycle continues.
"The air is full of ideas. They are knocking you in the head all the time. You only have to know what you want, then forget it, and go about your business. Suddenly, the idea will come through. It was there all the time."
--- Henry Ford
Thomas Watson, Sr., the founder of IBM, would spend hours every morning thinking. He wouldn't leave his house until he was satisfied with his thinking time. He often would not show up to his office at IBM headquarters until 10:00am. He was so convinced that taking time to just think would improve his company that he posted signs with the word "THINK" throughout the IBM offices.
Now, we might not have the luxury of thinking for three hours every morning, but we can all find some time in the week to think about how we spend our time and where we place our priorities.
"Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!"
--- Thomas Alva Edison
Prioritizing our lives in such a way that the business of doing business is just that, then the internalizing of business and worries associated with that tend to diminish. We could never be totally free of the stress of business (sometimes a good thing!), but it is possible to redirect our energies to the areas in our lives that are most valuable to us.
"Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Choose your words, for they become actions. Understand your actions, for they become habits. Study your habits, for they will become your character. Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny."
Business owners are a special breed with special qualities. Sometimes it only takes a little nudge to remind them to take a quick inventory of their priorities. Whether it is family time, personal time, community time, or even more business time, we can all stand to step off of the treadmill for a short break and analyze our time commitments.
Make a mental note this week of where your time is going. Strive to trim off the "fluff" to free up more time for those things that count in your life. You do have control. You can make the changes.
"The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities."
--- Stephen R. Covey
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