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Updated on June 25, 2014


Not everyone is born into a family with wealth, power and influence. That simple "luck of the draw" may or may not result in success and happiness for those born into affluence. But there is one gift given to each person that can level the playing field if it is used correctly. Each person has the same 24 hours in a day. How you spend or invest that time each day is the paramount factor.

If you squander the money in your bank account, there is a high probability that you can, at some point, replace the money. If you lose a car or a home because of adverse circumstances (job loss, illness) or through poor money management of your finances, you can, at some point, buy a new car or home. Most people handle their finances responsibly and would not squander money needed to pay the mortgage or car note. And, yet, some of those very same responsible people squander the one asset that is most valuable and an asset that cannot be replaced. At the end of this day, when you lay your head on the pillow, you just spent 24 hours from your "time account". Did you use that time wisely? Or, were those hours wasted on meaningless actions and activities?

If you are a good time manager, congratulations! If time management has never seemed that important, it's not too late.

Start now to evaluate how you spend your time and learn to invest and spend your most valuable asset in meaningful and productive actions. It's simple and it is important. Treasure your time as you would a priceless asset because it is - priceless!

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There comes a time when everyone feels overwhelmed with the responsibilities of a job, home life, and relationships and, gosh, what about "me time". Yes, there may be a lot to do, but you will be amazed at the wasted time each day - time that could be better spent.

Take a few minutes and jot down everything you did in the last 24 hours and estimate how much time was spent on each activity. Now, do an honest review and evaluate the list. Were there tasks at work or at home that could have been delegated to someone? How many times did you check your email and then get sidetracked by surfing the Internet? Are there activities on your list that were totally unnecessary?

Now, it is time for you to make a second list. This will be your "to do" list. It can be for the next day or for the next week. This will help you organize your thoughts and prioritize tasks. Do you have projects or assignments at work with a specific due date? Those items will be easy to prioritize. Take another look at your "to do" list and decide if there are any assignments or projects that could be delegated to another person or department. If so, delegate and then leave it alone! Unless you have been specifically assigned to oversee the project, let the responsibility go with the project. You do not need to be involved.

How many times did you check email yesterday? How about setting two times during the day to check email? If you receive emails with jokes or junk, delete them. Are those emails really important? Don't let distractions deplete your "time account".

USE YOUR TIME WISELY - Time is your greatest resource - don't waste it!

The 25 Best Time Management Tools & Techniques: How to Get More Done Without Driving Yourself Crazy
The 25 Best Time Management Tools & Techniques: How to Get More Done Without Driving Yourself Crazy

This is one of the books on improving time management. You'll find lots of great ideas and tips.

Successful Time Management For Dummies
Successful Time Management For Dummies

This is a must have! Filled with easy to understand tips for better time management.

What to Do When You Become the Boss: How New Managers Become Successful Managers
What to Do When You Become the Boss: How New Managers Become Successful Managers

This book is a winner. You will find that if you are promoted to management, you will need to make some time management adjustments.

Time Management: Increase Your Personal Productivity And Effectiveness (Harvard Business Essentials)
Time Management: Increase Your Personal Productivity And Effectiveness (Harvard Business Essentials)

Whether you are the CEO of a corporation or the CEO of a husband, a home and two kids, you need good time management skills. This book will help.

The Skinny on Time Management: How to Maximize Your 24-Hour Gift
The Skinny on Time Management: How to Maximize Your 24-Hour Gift

Learn to stop procrastination, focus on your goals and have more precious time. This book will teach you how to do it!



Make the "to do" list a habit. As you complete a task, cross it off the list and congratulate yourself. If it was a monumental task, give yourself a coffee break.

Use your calendar for appointments and meetings, but also jot down reminders of tasks due in the future. It's easy to forget a due date when the days get busy. Keeping your "to do" list in your calendar will keep these future tasks on your radar.

Read books on time management and try some of the tips. There is also great software available that can help you make the most of your time.

Learn to tell friendly co-workers you don't have time to chat. Be polite, be kind but be firm. Remember, it's your "time account" that is a priority.

Be sure you include "me time" in your schedule. Do something you enjoy - read a book, go to the gym, play golf, get a pedicure - whatever you do to relax will give you fresh new energy, a new perspective and, as a result, you will be more productive.

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      4 years ago

      Nice message. There are so many sayings about its importance for a reason.

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      6 years ago

      Time is one thing that no amount of money can buy. So we have to wise on where to spend it.

    • beaworkathomemom profile image


      6 years ago

      Time is gold, it really is precious.

    • beaworkathomemom profile image


      6 years ago

      Time is gold, it really is precious.

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      pinkrenegade lm 

      6 years ago

      You can never earn time back. Let's enjoy every moment we have.

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      6 years ago

      I wish there would be an option to have time and money at the same time. It would be win - win situation!

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      6 years ago

      We all have 24 hours in a day but it is entirely up to us on how we are going to use it. Time is so precious.

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      6 years ago

      Having more time is always one of those things that seems to slip away before we know it. I appreciate you covering this issue.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We sure do take time for granted and more often than not we don't realize how precious it is. I've been fortunate to be organized and make time management a priority most of my life, but there is always room for improvement. Thanks for the reminder!

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      6 years ago

      This lens is incredible, I've featured it on my Quotes About Time lens.

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      6 years ago

      Managing time is very important... we all have 24 hours in a day! :)


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