“Time is money”, I am sure you have heard that phrase before. But why is that? And why are we not rich yet? Well, having “time” does not necessary mean obtaining literal money, but what you do with time will determine that. Because life is limited, time becomes a valuable resource. Click To Tweet We only have ‘x’ amount of months in a year, weeks in a month, days in a week, and hours in a day. Time management is vital to your success in life.
Managing it becomes an investment. It becomes a potential resource that can produce something for you. Use time to get you to places and achieve your goals. Have time work for you, by investing it towards what you want. This is what we called being productive. This may sound simple but is often misunderstood and misused. By investing time in activities related to goals it will produce great results. Here are a few tips to get you started!
Planning out your day is a great way to start. Your agenda is how you can visualize your time and know what you are doing with it. In this 2019 start writing down on your planner all the activities that you will be doing. This will give you a clear idea of your next day and the entire week and so on. Try to write down activities in your planner related to your goals. Let time management produce the things that you desire and want to accomplish.
Tracking down your productivity can also help you out to not waste time. Study yourself and find out what activities are consuming most of your time. Reflect on the activities that you are investing yourself in. Ask yourself, are you being productive? Are these activities getting you closer to what you want to achieve? If the answer is no or maybe then you need to rethink the way you are utilizing your time.
Categorizing your events will allow you to balance your productivity and help you be more effective. General categorization can be: work, family, personal, gym, etc. When I write down activities in my agenda, I try to categorize them as much as possible. It helps me organize my ideas better, but most of all it helps me bring balance to my life. It allows me to see what areas I’m lacking and the ones that are distracting me. Time is money, but this does not mean that there is no ‘fun’ in it. Balance is key in becoming effective. Having a balance will empower you to focus on aspects of your life through a comfortable rhythm.
Another way time is link to money is through savings and investments. As a teacher my income is not as much in the summer as it is during the regular school year. One of the solutions that I have for the summer is that I have planned automatic withdrawals to accumulate enough income for my down time. One needs to have a notion of time and money to generate wealth. If you are not being productive with your time, it is more than likely that you are not being productive with your money. Tell me where are you spending your time, and I will tell you where are you spending your money. Click To Tweet It is crucial to understand that there must be a correlation between time and money if one wants to be wealth and more income. Time is just like money, if you do not tell it where to go, it will go to places by itself and be wasted. The same principle of investing your money to generate more money can also be applied to it. Invest your time in activities that will save you more time thus generate more money.
Here at Saving for Hope, we are always willing to challenge each other to become all that we could be. There are numerous of possibilities of great things that you can be doing, but they can only be done if you applied yourself. Use your life wisely. Be productive. Utilize time to build your empire. With the possibilities that are given to you on this new year 2019, correlate your activities with your goals and not only will you increase your productivity, but become efficient. Hurry! Enjoy!!
Santos A. O’Neill, a contributor to this blog, is a senior educator and post-graduate student that works with teens and young adults as they equip to go to college. He also works as a high school teacher and an athletic coach