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More Time? or More Focus?

If you had a bank that would deposit $86,400 into your account each morning and that wouldn’t let you keep any cash and that every night would withdraw the portion you didn’t use that day … what would you do?  Take out every $ every day of course, and use it to your advantage, right?

Well, I have news for you, we all have a bank just like that and it’s called TIME.  Each morning it deposits us 86,400 seconds.  Each night, it registers as a loss any amount of time we failed to invest towards a good purpose, like visiting a client, closing a sale, solving a problem, resting, spending time with the family, improving a skill, etc. 

Moreover, what’s left at the end of the day doesn’t roll over to the next day, what we accomplished stays there, what we wasted also stays there.  Each day it opens a new account for us.  A new opportunity to take advantage of it or to waste it, we decide what we spend or invest that time in.

Time is scarce and valuable (precious), and it’s time to stop wasting it on activities and routines that don’t make sense.

Did you know that studies show that we waste more than 2.5 hours daily on things like social media?  Not surprisingly, the creators of Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube, etc. invest billions to create platforms with the intent of capturing the most time and attention from their users.

Simply observe when you go to a restaurant and look around, how many people do you see using their cell phones instead of socializing with the people they’re with?  And what about everyone who wakes up and the first thing they do is check their phone (I plead guilty), they go to the bathroom with their cell phones, eat breakfast with their cell phones, drive as they check their cell phones, arrive at work and at the first chance they get they check their cell phones, during lunch, they’re on their cell phones, in the afternoon they check it several times, on the way home, at dinner, the cell phone and before going to sleep, the cell phone and if they wake up in the middle of the night guess what they check, the cell phone!!

Add it up, it’s at least 2.5 hours each day, and if you don’t believe me, the cell phones themselves now have a place where you can check your usage, check it and you’ll be shocked!

Why do I mention all this? 

Because we’re about to end the year, there’s only one and a half months left, and when I ask the people around me whether they have reached the goals they set at the beginning of the year, most tell me they’ve only been able to reach 20-40% of them.

If we begin to review why this happens, most people tell me that the main reason is not enough time, however, we all have the same 24 hours, we all have in our bank the same 86,400 seconds each day, so why do some people meet their objectives and others don’t?

The truth is that we all have a never-ending list of tasks we have to do, between personal and professional ones, the list is so long that it’s overwhelming and therefore we avoid it, anything that makes us feel calm and is fun for a little while attracts us and distracts us from feeling overwhelmed, and that’s why we spend so much time on social networks.  It happens to all of us.

Who doesn’t like to chuckle at a good joke that someone posted on one of their social networks, to find out that so and so are travelling where you would like to go, or that the children of famous person x are already fighting over an inheritance they may or may not receive, or some political gossip, etc etc .

The truth is that we use all of these distractors as an excuse not to face that unending list of things to do, we don’t even know where to start shortening it and it gets longer and longer every day.

We suggest that you take the following steps so that you’re able to better organize your day/week, they will allow you to achieve what you set out to do and at the same time allow you to rest and spend time with your loved ones.

If you have been following us for a while, you know that our advice is not focused on working, working, working without a break or not having a personal life or time to enjoy doing the things you like including social networks, quite the contrary, we are interested in helping you achieve your dreams while maintaining a work/life balance as much as possible.

  • Have the goals you want to achieve close by and review, how much progress have you made and what are you still missing to get there?
  • Choose one of those goals you would like to work on this week.
  • Ask yourself, what can you do this week that will help you advance towards meeting that goal?
  • Review which specific tasks you must do to get a good outcome.
  • Plan those tasks to be done this week.
  • Review your endless To Do list and choose two urgent items to deal with, if you have more than two, check if they’re truly urgent or if they can wait.
  • If they are truly urgent see who can help you resolve them
  • Add time for yourself, for your family
  • Include time to rest, recharge and for your personal growth (reading a book, listening to a podcast, etc.)
  • Leave some flexibility for any unforeseen issues that may come up
  • When the week is finished, review your accomplishments, celebrate them, and start the process anew.

Remember that your day only has 86,400 seconds = 24 hours. Are you going to work towards your goals or are you going to wait until tomorrow?

No one can assure us whether we will have a tomorrow or a second chance. So what you decide to do today, do today.

Lack of time is not the reason why we didn’t reach our objectives, it is lack of focus, follow these steps and you will see results, I can assure you

Share your successes with us, we will be happy to know that our advice brought you good results.


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Alicia Díaz-Blevins
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