On New Years Eve 1999 as a crowd counted down the final seconds of the 20th century, someone said “Wow! How fast time flies. Here we are at the threshold of a brand new millennium.”
Where were you that night? Remember the hysteria? The media was in a frenzy over Y2K. The sky was falling, all the computers in the world were going to stop, the electrical grid was gonna shut down and we were all storing up fruit cans and bottled water.
Snap your fingers, a decade has flown by.
How do you feel about how you’ve invested these last 10 years?
Most people feel life is too short, there’s not enough time to do what you want to do. Most folks come to the end of their life feeling like they never did most of the things they hoped. There just wasn’t enough time.
I say there IS enough time. I say time is *plentiful* for those who act purposefully.
Why do I say that?
50% of what gets accomplished happens in 1% of your time.
Which means if you replace ONE hour per day of mindlessly checking email, channel surfing and Facebooking…. or if you just DELEGATE one hour per day of $10 per hour tasks and tackle $1000 per hour projects instead – you’ll double your productivity.
First you must put a HIGH value on your time.
You need to say NO to more people.
You need to unsubscribe from more time-wasting emails.
You must move more and more $10/hour tasks off your plate to make room for the big stuff.
You plan your work every day, and work your plan. Get that stuff checked off your list.
Do you have a “bucket list”? A list of things you wanna do before you kick the bucket? I bet you can get 25% of that list crossed off in 2010 if you get serious about it.
Oddly, another secret to super productivity is taking time OFF.
I generally make it a habit to do no work on Sundays. I feel no guilt whatsoever about taking a 2 hour nap or doing some completely mindless or stupid activity. One day a week I say NO to all work.
Saying “NO” is one of the most powerful things you do in business, or in life.
Taking one day off every week and just enjoying yourself, taking a spiritual break and being with your family is one of the secrets to squeezing ALL the juice out of this orange called life.
There’s plenty of time. As long as you prize it highly.