How Do You Handle Your Time?
In this industry, your time is a very important factor. Everything you do is based upon time. So much emphasis is placed on having a plan, schedule or daily method of operation. People handle time in different ways and in this post, I’ll be explaining how time is handled and what the result is.
We’ve all heard the expression before:
What do time and tide have in common? Neither stands still to wait for any of us.
Do You Waste Your Time?
People who waste their time are procrastinators. Procrastinators know they have things to accomplish but never seem to get those things done. Instead, they mill around the task and state that they have to get it done but that’s as far as it goes.
They’ll decide to watch the season finale of their favorite TV show again. They’ll rent a movie that will only be available for the next 24 hours. They’ll get a phone call from their friend or a family member who needs a favor and they’ll run out. Then they may want to take a quick nap when they return. The entire day has been wasted and time was lost. They can never get that time back!
Do You Lose Track Of Your Time?
The person who loses track of his time may have good intentions when he reports to his computer ready to write a blog post or upload a video, maybe do some prospecting. But at the first notification on social media that someone posted an update, commented on a post or liked one or shared something, this person gets distracted.
Immediately, he goes to the notification icon and clicks to find out out who and what. And of course, he has to respond. As he’s responding – liking, commenting and sharing, more notifications are coming in and he’s busy as a bee responding to them all. If there is a video, he watches it. If there is an article, he reads it. If there’s a private message, he reads it and responds.
It goes on like this for an hour or two or more. In the meantime, the blog post didn’t get written, the video never got uploaded and the prospecting? Well, take a guess. This online time waster lost track of time and because of that – lost time. Time that he will never get back.
Do You Mismanage Your Time?
For example, their doctor’s appointment or the parent-conference or the grocery shopping – all of which can take a huge chunk of time out of the pre-planned schedule. Although they may pick up where they left off when they return, something that was originally planned, usually on the back end, will not get done because they run out of time. They have mismanaged time and have lost time as a result.
Are You Waiting for The Right Time?
People want to better their lives. Especially people who are chained to the five day work week, go to work everyday and are unhappy and unfulfilled. However, if you tell these people about opportunities that can help them create the life they dream of, they’ll tell you that it’s not the right time, that they’re waiting for the right time. The reality is that there is no right time.
If there is a financial issue or a family matter that holds them back or just a feeling of not being ready to take a daring step into the unknown, just as soon as the problem is resolved, another will arise. That’s how life works. So, if they keep putting off their dream, they’ll never see it come to pass. This is the time…right here, right now!
Are You Making The Most Of Your Time?
People who make the most of their time are the ones with the vision. They have goals and are laser-focused in achieving them. They plan, they put their plan into motion and they stick with the plan consistently. They don’t allow anything or anyone to distract them from what they are trying to achieve. They meet and talk to people daily, provide value in the form of engaging content, email their list daily, engage in mindset and take advantage of ongoing trainings.
These are the people who will most likely be in the 3% who are successful in the industry. The others mentioned above will no doubt fall into the 97% who aren’t.
Time is easily lost. As a marketer, lost time also means losing opportunities. Opportunities to prospect, to talk to people, to write content and provide value. It means losing the opportunity to make a sale or sign up a rep. It’s losing the opportunity to serve.
Time And Tide Wait for No Man
“Time and time wait for no man.” If you are working on a goal, then it is up to you to use your time wisely to achieve it. Time doesn’t stand still even if you do. Strive to be in the 3% of successful business builders and enjoy the sweet taste of success. This can only come from knowing the importance of time management.
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