Author: Carlos Martinez Arteaga, PMP
Dear members and newsletter subscribers,
"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life" - Charles Darwin.
I turned 41 not long ago, and it was not until about now that I have started to think how precious time is. I have always liked being on time, taking time to do things correctly, and taking time to do nothing, but now it is all different, time has become very important for me, and I am very conscious about it.
In the end I suppose all sayings are really there because they contain a truth, for this case at this stage of my life "Time is Gold".
I have mentioned also in the past that I am the father of 3 kids aged all below 7, and for those who are in the same boat and can relate, then you know how time can fly away without having done anything. As a father of 3, I try being more efficient so that everything takes less time to get done, this requires concentration and being constantly on.
For me time, from not even thinking about it at all has become a weighting scale, where I value what is worth doing and when, this has helped me to prioritize and to avoid rework, as I am only engaged in that which is important at that point of time and that I know is ready to be done.
Being conscious of time, and knowing that it is now or never, has helped me to take a step forward and make decisions in a way that I can take control on my path. For example in the past I might have thought that I could attend an event next time, now I evaluate if it is worth going at all, and if it is and there is nothing else burning, I do it.
It sometime comes to my head a movie in which time becomes a currency and the rich are those who have the most and the poor are those who struggle to now if they will be able to see the sunrise, in a way I now see it like that.
At work, I am sure you have been in the position where there is always someone who robs our time. It is important to create relationships at work, thinking if they are genuine or not, and how we can get the most out of that relationship, in the case of relationships that we know are none existent and that any effort in it, I think that not without being polite, that the time spent on these should be minimized.
Then when in a team, we should identify who is robing the team’s time, these people should be immediately shut them down, assigning them an specific task which they have to complete, therefore keeping them busy, and avoiding that they lose the focus and the team’s focus.
Going back to our personal life, invest time with those which matter and genuinely care for you, doing what you and they most like, no matter what, always find time for things that make you feel happy to be alive.
Time is the coin that you will pay with, and that I am sure they will treasure when they realize that there is no more valuable currency than time.
"You may delay, but time will not" - Benjamin Franklin.
Take it easy,