Some insights about good time users:
- Time is more valuable than money because it is irreplaceable. You can replace money, you can’t replace time.
- Peter Drukker “Nothing else distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time”
- You cannot kill time without injuring eternity
- Time is an equal opportunity employer
- Lack of time is not the problem it’s the lack of direction.
Good time users:
1. Are People who do things that advance their overall purpose in life and this helps them grow. “One was not born in the world to do everything but to do something”. There are 2 great days in our life, the day you were born and the day you discovered WHY. Finding our purpose is empowering. In finding our purpose, answer the following 2 questions:
1. What have you achieved? Or what are you competent in?
2. What do you care deeply about? That’s your passion.
For example my purpose in life is very simple, it’s to Add Value.
Harold Kushner, a Rabi once said “I believe that it’s not dying that we are afraid of, something else, something more unsettling and tragic unsettles us, we’re afraid of never having lived, of coming to the end of our days with a sense that we were never really alive, that we never figured out what life was for, our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will be at least a little bit different for our having passed through it”.
We cannot have peak performance without a peak purpose. Peak performance and peak purpose go hand in hand, if we are going to be all that we can it has to be because we are doing that which we are passionate about.
2. Do things that underscore their values which brings them fulfillment. Vision is the organisation’s head, mission is the organisations heart, values are the organisations soul. If money has good values attached to it then it is the root of opportunity, not evil.
3. Do things that maximize their strengths this makes them effective. They spend their time in their strength zone. “Almost every man/woman wastes time and attempts to display qualities that he does not possess”. Staying with your strengths makes you productive and effective. Decide to stay in your strength zone and stick with it. I only have 4, mine are leading, creating, communicating, networking and that’s all I do!
“Discover your uniqueness and discipline yourself to develop it” that’s so key to success.
4. Do things that increases their happiness, this gives them health. Happiness is now a hot research topic for many social psychologists today, research shows: health, realistic goals, optimism, strong relationships, faith that results in purpose and hope, fulfilling friendships, high self esteem, outgoing nature, balance between rewarding work and productive leisure all lead to more happiness.
“Success is getting what you want, happiness is liking what you get”
“Happiness is an inside job” Other people can’t make you happy, some people have destination disease, they think if I could just live there, be there or do that, I will be happy.
“The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything they just make the best of everything”
“We have no right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it” George Bernard Shaw
5. Do things that equip others in your team, this compounds their productivity. When hiring valuable team members apply the 5 A’s: Assessment, Assets on hand, Ability, Attitude, Accomplishments. The best predictor that someone will do something good tomorrow is that they have done something good yesterday. Qualities of an inner circle member: Influence, character, positive attitude, excellent people skills, proven track record, evident gifts or abilities, team player, loyalty, compliments your gifts. You don’t want team members to compete with, you want members that complete you.
6. Do things that add value to others, this increases their influence. “ A man with time to burn never gave the world any light”. Questions that help assess how you can add value:
1. What do I have?
2. What do people need? Is there a match?
3. Can I give what they need?
4. Will I give them what they need?
5. How often will I give them what they need?
Examples of what I have: Encouragement (the oxygen of the soul), Confidence, Humor, Security, Recognition (say something positive within 30sec of meeting them), Respect (high value of people) I deposit these things daily in people’s lives. Every morning decide “Who am I going to add value to today and how am I going to do it?” At the end of the day ask “Did I add value?”
So decide what to do or what not to do and spend your time there. Part 2 will cover time abusers.