Time Investment is Your Greatest Resource
The most formidable obstacle that stands between you and your dreams is the efficient and effective use of time, a limited and irreplaceable resource. Time management, the ability to apply your time efficiently and in a manner that reflects the importance of your life, is the personal navigation system for ongoing improvement and personal success.
You will determine the tasks and steps necessary to keep your life moving forward on a steady track through adopting a set of time-based habits that build and support the key areas of your life. In order to become an effective time investment manager, you must determine the areas of greatest importance and develop a plan of action that measurably structures a solid foundation for building the dreams of your future.
Through managing your actions, you are able to harness all of your skills and knowledge while concentrating them into developing and improving time management strategies that will exceed your utmost expectations. Once you learn to effectively channel your mind’s energy into a funnel of time management systems, the results you are seeking will become clearer and you’ll stay “focused and streamlined” to developing efficient time-saving habits.
Opening Closed Doors
An investment of time means putting your greatest and most valuable resource to good use. To spend your life in a way that is both useful and efficient is to put your time into the things that will produce the exact results you want. As soon as you determine the life you desire and in a direct line with core personal values, your subconscious mind will automatically seek ways to make it happen for you.
Time management is a powerful skill that, once mastered and applied to striving for a state of excellence, links all the vital areas of your life together. Everything is connected in terms of creating goals for yourself, having a specific great purpose, and applying quality time to the work and effort that generate results. Investing your time wisely in activities that matter opens closed doors; but wasting valuable time and taking for granted the time you have been given keeps those doors closed.
Double or Nothing
When you invest your time in work or an activity that has great personal value, you want to get some kind of return out of it. The time and effort you invest now will pay back huge dividends someday. Investing your time consciously and with a specific plan is making the greatest investment ever…it is an investment in yourself! If you want to succeed and go further than you ever dreamed possible, you will have to manage yourself in a way that focuses on the constant and never-ending improvement of a set of time-based principles. This is determining the best time of day you can put your time to work for you. It is the everyday planning of exactly what you’re going to do with the time you have. The question you need to ask yourself is this: What matters most to me, and how can I make the most out of my life with this opportunity?
Let’s say I gave you twenty dollars and told you that you could do anything you wanted with it. What would you do? Now, I know you might be thinking that twenty dollars doesn’t go far these days, and you’re probably right. But that’s only if you think of it as twenty dollars. Now, what if I told you to keep this money until next week, without spending it? If you do, I’ll double it and give you forty dollars. What would you do with it now? What if I continued to double your money every week for as long as you held on to it? Would you spend it or save it? You know that, if you spend it, it’s gone forever, and you will get something worth the same amount or less than the twenty dollars. It would be gone and that is it. If you held on to it, however, and your money was doubling every week, imagine how far this money would go after just one year.
Now, replace the twenty dollars with one hour of time. Imagine now that, for every hard-earned hour you invested in the success of your life, you were rewarded with ten hours of leisure time to be spent in any way you like. Would you be interested? Would you find the time to contribute to building the life you want? As you can see, whether we are investing time or money, both are precious resources. If these resources are invested and managed properly, the rate of return received over an extended period of time is exponential.
Do You Want to Invest In a Bad Investment?
Many people spend their time the same way they spend their money—throwing it away on trivial things that don’t matter, like over-priced lattes, snacks, cigarettes, soda, or anything else that provides us with an instant sense of satisfaction. The reward is in the instant gratification we feel. If you had money to invest, would you throw it down on a bad investment? Now, replace the word money with time and ask yourself the same question. How much time do you waste every day, every week, or every year on bad investments? Are you watching old TV re-runs, gossiping, or surfing the ’net, endlessly looking for new ways to be entertained?
Time is not free. It is limited, and each of us has only a certain amount of it. Some people have less time than others to spend. Others have more time than they know what to do with. The fact is that each of us has 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This is non-negotiable. What truly matters is how and where you invest the time you do have. It is worth more to you than the price of gold; it is your life, and to waste your time is to waste everything you represent.
The key is to invest your time now so that you can be free later. Do first the things that matter most, and reap the rewards later. Once you have invested your time for that day or week, you have all the time in the world for those other activities that demand your attention. There is nothing wrong with spending hours on the Internet or playing video games until the early hours of the morning as long as you have contributed your time to fulfilling a great purpose.
Where Do You Want to Be in Ten Years?
There is no pending guilt when you know that you have put your time toward something that’s working to build your life, to make it better through improving the quality of your living conditions. Make a conscious choice to invest your time in working on who you want to be and where you want to be. Invest your time in today so you can live your dreams tomorrow. If we are to succeed, it is imperative to know what’s important; we must figure out our highest priorities and invest in them.
Time investment has a concrete plan. There is a goal with key target areas, and each target area requires a strong investment of effort and concentration in order to work. That is why, before you commit your time and resources to a special project or activity, your priorities need to be set and established. You have to know precisely what it is you want. Once you do, you can then work it into your time management plan and decide how much time is allocated to each specific area so you can succeed in mastering the areas of your life that matter most.
- Make an actionable plan for everyday that consists of three MITs [Most Important Things]
- Time is Money: Imagine that for every hour you are living, your life is worth XX amount of dollars. How are you going to spend it?
- Determine your biggest priorities in everyday living when it comes to spending time; work on these priorities and make them count.
- Remember: You have only today to make it count. Don’t waste it.