The difference between the successful and the average is how their particular allotment of time is used. Let’s remove 42 hours for sleep, that would allow 6 hours a night for 7 days. With the remaining 126 hours, let’s remove 50 hours for your vocation. Not vacation, vocation, your job, that leaves 76 hours of time left in the week (168 – 42 for sleep – 50 for work = 76 hours).
Let’s consider the time management skills of each group with the remaining 76 hours.
The successfuls’ habits include furthering their education, reading books to improve their skills, investing, delegation of smaller tasks that can be done by others, planning, saving money, writing, and the list goes on and on in this regards.
Now, let’s consider the habits of the average. The average waste their time with distractions like facebook, watching television, procrastinating, spending busy time while accomplishing nothing. Habits like these can keep you busy, but in the end, they have wasted time.
Here is the wonderful thing about 168, with the right set of time management skills, you can take control of your time and your week and make it work for you instead of wasting it away in distraction. Because you are reading this, you no longer have an excuse to say, “I don’t have time,” you have been told that you do – 76 hours worth once you remove sleep and your job. That number equates to just under 11 hours a day and a tremendous amount of success oriented tasks can be completed with that much available time.
The next step is to educate yourself in time management if you find yourself among the average and want to change that status. There are countless books and systems available to you to assist you in learning this valuable skill of time management. The two that I have found to be most helpful are The Franklin Covey Planner inspired by Benjamin Franklin and brought to fruition with the help of Dr. Stephen Covey, best selling author and speaker, and The Time of Your Life by Anthony Robbins. I have found that both are effective in time management, however, I prefer the latter for my own personal use.
The next few pieces in this series will delve into some ways that you can really maximize the time that you have been given in order to accomplish anything you want in life. Write a book, create an MLM empire, get into the best shape of your life, learn the skills of investing money, and so forth. Make this the best week ever, divide your 168 up in ways that will do you the most good, and stop wasting time because once it’s gone, it’s gone forever!
What are you going to change so that you can put your time to better use this week and beyond? Please share in a comment below!
Best to you in all you do!
PS: I’ve written on this topic before. Check out this Tip-Of-The-Day, P. T. Barnum’s perspective, and other Time Management Techniques.