How do you squeeze the most out of the most important gift and asset you will ever have? That gift, that asset, is your priceless, irreplaceable and very limited time on this planet. Other than where and how you will spend eternity, there is no question more important and more relevant than how you spend and invest – yes literally “spend and invest” – your priceless, irreplaceable and very limited time on this planet.
The Achievement Newsletter recently featured an article by Brian Tracy entitled, How to Squeeze the Most Out of Your Time. Here is how Brian Tracy, a very successful author, speaker, publisher and business executive starts his day:
“Years ago I started planning [my day] by writing everything down I would have to do, the night before. I found that drawing up your list the night before prompts your subconscious to work on your plans and goals while you sleep. When you wake up, you feel ready to tackle your challenges.”
Tracy’s system is certainly not new. A variation of Tracy’s system is used by virtually every high achieving, highly successful person on the planet. The question is, do you consistently, day after day, year after year, use such a system in order to most effectively leverage your priceless, irreplaceable and limited time? Do you use such a system in order to focus on what you have already decided is most important to you?
Millions of people do not use such a system, and many people have no system at all; they just “go with the flow.” How sad, limiting, wasteful and tragic!
Tracy suggests that, when prioritizing and planning your time, you should consider the following key questions:
- “What is the highest value-added action I can do?
- What can I, and only I, do that I’ve done well before to make a difference?
- Why am I on the payroll?”
Tracy believes your answers to these questions will help you identify all that needs to be done and in what order.
Time is limited and irreplaceable. Be sure you have a system to maximize focus and effectiveness on what is most important to you and those you serve!
What is the highest value-added action you can do? What can you, and only you, do that you have done well before to make a difference? Why are you on the payroll?