Most people will tell you they wished what they knew what they know now 10 years ago. The funny thing is that many of the lessons we learn later in life, were told to us when we were younger, but for one reason or another, we just didn’t take them to heart.
One of the lessons it took me nearly 29 years to learn was how to be efficient with my time. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t lazy with my time before. I just didn’t have anything to compare how I spent my time to. It’s a hard thing to do.
You can’t compare how you spend your time to many other people. You have different interests, different jobs, and different life goals. It wasn’t until I had my son and had a huge portion of my time taken away that I realized how much more efficient I could be.
Once I saw how much less time I had to do work, I realized that to get anything accomplished, I had to spend my time on tasks that REALLY produced results. I ended up raising the bar I used to decide whether something was worth it or not and cut out a lot that just wasn’t worth the time I was spending on it.
So what can you learn from this? Don’t wait for a major life event to teach you the value of your time. Don’t spend time on projects or work that you aren’t fully committed to. Don’t get stuck working on “zombie” projects that suck up all your time but don’t seem to be going anywhere.
Everyone starts their day with the same 86,400 seconds. Make sure each one is worth it.
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