Take Stock of Your Time

I once heard someone say, "If I want to know your values, all I have to do is look at your checkbook". Even more accurate, I would say that I can determine your values by looking at your calendar.

Let’s face facts: you only have a say about a small percentage of your time. However, that magnifies the importance of making that time count.

I invite you to participate in an experiment and let me know how it turns out.

  1. Take out a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle (or open a blank new document and divide it into two columns).
  2. Make the heading for the first column "Values" and for the second column "Time".
  3. In the first column, list the top 10 things that are important to you. Then rank them from 1 to 10 (ties are okay).
  4. In the second column, write the number 168 (the total hours in a week on planet earth). Then list things like sleeping, eating, working, etc. that you have to do and subtract them from the total. Make sure you include some hours for rest and relaxation. Next, include all the other obligations you have both personally and professionally that you didn’t account for in the first pass.
  5. How much time do you have left? You probably won’t have much. (A negative total is a bad thing).
  6. Then compare the two columns. After you get over the initial shock, see if you can move one hour of your time from a low priority value to a high priority value. Think how much of a difference it would make if you moved 3 hours to your number 1 priority. Wow!

Trust me, you can do this in about 10 minutes if you really focus on it.

The more your calendar and your values line up, the more at rest you’ll be.

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