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What’s YOUR Most Precious Resource?

What’s Your most precious resource?

Okay before I get into this, it’s a slight track away from Marketing and the world of business and work. But it’s very relevant as to how you use your resources both personally and in your business or work. Have a look and challenge yourself.

Have a think, what is your most precious resource? mmm….is it money…is it your experience….is it your education?? Well all great resources in their own rights but all can be borrowed, brought, copied and so on, given enough….Time.

I came to the conclusion a while back, hopefully not too late in the day, that it’s Time that is our most precious resource. Once its used its gone and its not coming back.

You see time can fix all sorts of woes, problems, issues and general lack ofs, and time can be used effectively and efficiently, and be used to achieve wondrous, outstanding, profitable results.

How can we use time to our advantage?

Firstly we don’t need to waste it. We all need to look at what’s a good and what’s a bad use of our time. Only you can decide this, but here’s a few bad uses of your (well mine in the past) time:

● TV – I’m sure someone’s going to lynch me for this and I am guilty on occasion of doing this. I don’t mean all TV is bad and don’t ever watch it again. What I’m getting at is try and be more selective. Cut out some of the stuff that demands your attention but gives you little in return and instead replace it with something that is more constructive and will give you a return, be it educationally, a book for example, or physically, a walk or the gym??

● Over analysis – you’ve heard it before, but it’s so true – “analysis paralysis”. Don’t get caught up in this, it consumes huge amounts of time with no real outcome. Make a decision sooner rather than later. If you are struggling to make a decision then ask for help, ask someone neutral for there input.

● Duplication – are you doing tasks twice or duplicating information where it isn’t necessary? Unfortunately I used to do this a lot, but I’m getting better. An example of this is that I would sometimes visit the corner shop five times a week instead of once a week, costing me extra, in impulse buying of snacks, and wasting time, over an hour a week, not a lot but in an hour I can have written an article or two that may positively impact on people and provide personal satisfaction. Yep, much better and more satisfying than choosing which chips to buy for the fifth time.

I think you know what uses of your time are the good ones, you know the tasks that have a positive or constructive outcome, things that move you closer to your goals.

So have a look at some of the tasks you do in a day or week and put them into the good or bad box and how long these tasks take. This can be either in your personal life or your working day or week, or both.

Now, how about changing or getting rid of some of those bad uses of you’re time. How much does this give you back in your day or week and what positive outcomes does it or could it deliver to you? I know doing this exercise helped me to use my time more efficiently and effectively. It also helped me become more focused on my goals and the direction that I was going in, helped me gain a bit more clarity because I had become more effective with the time available.

This process can be expanded and refined and could eventually be used as a bases for your diary for the week, where by you are using more of your time efficiently and effectively, enabling you to produce better outcomes, week in week out.

It’d be great to hear some of your experiences on this, the good and the bad.

Thanks for Your Time in reading this and I hope it was helpful.

Thanks again, Tim.

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