Do you value your time?
You may say you do.
Yet, your actions and behavior convey a different message. You let others schedule, interrupt, and otherwise squander it at will.
If your time is such a precious resource, why do you let others take it freely?
Giving Away Time
When you let others take your time, you are in essence saying that your time isn’t valuable.
More so, when people take your time without asking, aren’t they in essence stealing it?
You value your money and don’t let people take it.
Why don’t you do the same with your time?
Wasting your time… and life… bit-by-bit, minute-by-minute.
Think about the signals you are sending to others about taking your time:
- Do you say yes to every request and favor?
- Do you let others schedule meetings on your calendar as they please?
- Do you let others’ priorities trump your own?
Yet, many people not only give away their time freely… they even tell others that they don’t value it. If you don’t set expectations about your time, then others will continue to believe that they can take it any time they want.
Here are 5 Ways You Are Telling People Your Time Isn’t Valuable:
- You say yes to everything – You can’t say yes to every request that comes your way, or you will never get your own priorities done. Saying no is an important skill that successful people realize is necessary to get their goals accomplished.
- You drop what you are doing at the first interruption – Is your day one big interruption? Don’t let people, phones, emails, and more keep you from having more than 3 minutes of concentration. Sometimes you need to shut out the interruptions. Close your door. Turn off the phone and email. Maybe just schedule some quiet time with your important work.
- You are always reachable – If you always answer your phone or email immediately, people will start to expect it. There is no reason to always be reachable. Rather, you should put your focus and attention on the people and tasks in front of you. Remember, your phone is there for your convenience, not the caller’s.
- You don’t abide by time limits – If you let meetings and appointments run over they will expand to fill your day. End meetings and appointments on time so that you can continue on with your day. You will find that when you put hard stops on activities that they will magically adjust to fit the time allotted.
- You don’t mind when people or meetings are late – Lateness is another expectation that you are setting with others. If it becomes acceptable to arrive 10 minutes later, then it will become the norm. This is one of the most blatant forms of time theft. Hold yourself and others to being on-time. When others are late, reschedule the appointment at a time that is convenient for you.
Value Your Time
Your time is valuable. Treat it as such.
It is the only currency for which you cannot get more.
Make sure you aren’t telling others that your time isn’t valuable.
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