By Jeff Beals
“Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.”
So said the legendary leadership theorist Peter Drucker.
In order to achieve your goals, you must develop superior time management skills. If time is the world’s most precious resource, than time management is the most important skill a professional can possess.
If you need more investment capital, you can find it. If you need more talented people to work for you, you can find them. Unfortunately, you can never find more time. It is finite. It is fleeting in nature. Once it is gone, it can never be recovered. Time is also a great equalizer – rich or poor, stupid or brilliant, everyone has the same number of hours in the day.
Nobody actually perfects the art of time management. With dedication and practice, however, you can come close. The problem is that most people find time management to be quite difficult. There are so many tempting time wasters in our lives. What’s more, it’s a heck of a lot more fun to sit around with friends, go out to dinner and watch television than it is to work efficiently.
Entire books have been written and semester-long courses have been taught about the intricacies of time management. We are all tempted daily by “time wasters,” those things that stand in the way of good time management.
Perhaps the most insidious time waster is television. According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than four hours of television each day (or 28 hours per week, or two months of nonstop television-watching per year). Let’s say the average lifespan is 80 years. That means a typical person would spend 13.3 YEARS of his or her life watching television.
While we’re throwing around television statistics, consider this: American youths spend far more time each year in front of their televisions than they do in their classrooms.
But it’s not just television that devours our time. Video games, Internet surfing, hobbies and overly active social calendars can all be problems.
But some other dangerous time wasters might surprise you: worrying; procrastination; inability to say “no;” lack of planning; disorganization; people stopping by your office to chat when you need to focus.
None of this is to imply that you must extinguish all fun from your life in order to be successful. That would be a mistake. We just need to schedule our enjoyable activities carefully. We need recreation in life, but recreation becomes rather meaningless if we’re not working actively and diligently the rest of the time.
As you contemplate your goals, your work and your daily schedule, think about how you can tighten up your time management skills. The first step is to eliminate the time wasters.
Ultimately, no one but you should be able to control your time and how you use it. If you allow people to abuse your time, they will do it happily. People can be rather obnoxious when it comes to time usurping.
Decide that you are in control of your time and don’t let others take over. Cut people off if you must or at least steer them away so they don’t siphon your time.
Jeff Beals shows you how to find better prospects, close more deals and capture greater market share. Jeff is an international award-winning author, sought-after keynote speaker, and accomplished sales consultant. A frequent media guest, Jeff has been featured in Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today, Men’s Health, Chicago Tribune and The New York Times.”
Here’s Why Should You Choose Jeff Beals as Your Next Speaker:
“Jeff Beals has presented four different topics at five of our internal events in 2016. At each event, the audience of commercial real estate principals and agents was completely engaged and motivated the entire time. Jeff facilitates his training sessions in such a way that each member of the audience was able to relate and understand how to apply it every day in the field. Jeff is brilliant, and we have hired him to continue speaking at our events in 2017!” – Lindsay Fierro, Senior Vice President, NAI Global, New York, NY
“Your workshop was a huge experience for our attendees by giving them the opportunity to improve their work in the critical environment in which we are living today. Your talent as a speaker and your qualities as a person made the difference during your time with us. I would certainly recommend you to anyone who asks.” – Ana Paula Costa, Educational Planner, Febracorp, Sao Paulo, Brazil
I’m in Phoenix and had breakfast earlier this morning with our semi-retired sales representative who is doing some continued work for us here. He attended your sales meeting last week and told me that in 43 years of selling, you were the best he had ever heard. Thanks for a great experience.” – Drew Vogel, President & CEO, Diamond Vogel Paints, Orange City, IA
“Our corporate partnership team had great takeaways regarding how to network smarter while also understanding the importance of our personal brand to current and prospective partners. Jeff does a great job weaving in real-world examples and how you can apply his teachings to growing your business and building long-term partnerships.” – Jason Booker, Senior Director of Corporate Sponsorships, The Kansas City Royals Major League Baseball Team