We use it, abuse it, waste it, spend it and complain about not having enough of it. I’m talking about TIME. Most of us have a pretty bad relationship with time. We say, “I don’t have time,” or “I’m so busy,” or “There are not enough hours in the day.

The feeling of not having enough time, wasting time, or doing time is related to not using TIME the way you want to. When you feel burdened by demands, find yourself always running late, or doing things you don’t want to do you experience a lack of time. We blame the lack of time for most of our inefficiencies. However, when you live by your highest priorities and deepest values, your relationship with time changes.

I had this experience recently. I had an urge to get distracted and stop off at the beauty supply store to buy a hair product.  After all, I was already in the area. Then, I realized this distraction would take at least 30 minutes out of an already packed day. Chances are, I’d find more things to shop for, get another distraction and feel rushed the rest of the day.

Realizing it was just a desire but not a priority, I diverted my attention and focused on my priorities. As a result, I had a great day and felt accomplished instead of rushed.

Your relationship with time is one of the most important qualities for leadership effectiveness

Do you want more time? Learn the skill of planning and prioritizing based on highest values. We have so much more control than we realize.

Points to Ponder
1. How often are you led by distraction?
2. What would you really do if you had more time?
3. What new habits do you need to create to maximize your time?
4. What values need priority in your life?
5. Are you always late? If so, what’s the root of your tardiness?