There is one mistake I have made that has left me with a host of regrets. I have not placed enough value on my time since my career began. And I want to do something about it.
The value of your time is measured by the memories it creates. Look back 10 years. I personally have way too many memories of company meetings, spreadsheets, rushed deadlines, and late night and weekend work sessions. And let’s not forget what seems to be billions of read and sent emails.
I don’t have nearly enough fond memories getting home on time and participating in the lives of my family and friends. And I am also short of memories contributing to the community around me.
We all know what is truly important. And we still get sucked into thinking working harder helps us get ahead. The truth is working harder pushes out the highly valued memories that make life worthwhile.
It’s about being at your son’s practice on time or leaving early for your daughter’s school event. It’s about having time to surprise your spouse for lunch or taking a moment to help a friend. It’s about all those moments that really matter.
We do not need more memories sending one more email or finishing one last spreadsheet. We must guard our time as we strive to accomplish more.
Here are three thoughts to stick on your monitor. Repeat them to yourself until they affect the decisions you make each and every day.
Instill efficiency all around you.
Let go by delegating more
Value your time above all else.