The other day I overheard someone say; “Where did the year go?” The year go? It’s August! Actually, I realized what she meant. Kids were getting ready to go back to school. She was in the time frame of a school calendar year. Not the ‘year’ most of us were thinking about when we heard her speak.
What does time, and reference to time, have to do with success in your career? Read on…
How do you and time get along with each other? The meaning of this question is – Do you schedule your day around the projects, phone calls and appointments with time limits? Or do you just let your day run on it’s own?
When you have a meeting with someone, or you are attending an event or function, are you the one who arrives early, on time, a bit late, or you completely forget about the meeting or event until the next day? These are real categories based upon actual admissions from new clients. Which category do you most often fit?
In the process of enhancing your career, and in fact a career built for success, how do you handle the clock and your time at work? Are you a clock watcher? Just counting down the time until you know it is time to leave? Let’s stay on this topic for a minute.
Who are you working for? Do you show up to work each day with full knowledge that you are there to do the best you can do because you might be paid by this company or managed by this person, but you will do the best you can do every single day for you and the team you work with?
Time and the clock are constants. Time will exist and keep on ticking. Develop a relationship with time and the clock, and recognize how as tools these are always available to you. A time and a date placed upon a project or a goal will add accountability. You will now be able to measure progress.
In your business the setting of a time and a date are critical to getting anything done. This is the way to build one project completion, with another project starting which is dependent upon the first one being completed. The ability for your team and you to be able to point to a date and a time is the way to energize people to put in the effort, implement, test, and complete what work is necessary to achieve the completion on time.
Time is a tool. Time will keep on going. Time is a constant.
Some years ago when IBM began their consulting practice arm of their business do you think they just decided, “Okay, let’s just try this consulting stuff and see how it goes.” Or do you think IBM determined where they were going to achieve consulting business and then set time and date parameters in order to be able to measure their progress? Today, years later, the consulting side of IBM is their highest revenue producing part of the company.
In the bigger picture and the larger vision, the element of time will excite and inspire people. Which statement would interest you more?
“We will become the premier provider of…in the next 12 months!”
“Someday we will become the top provider of…maybe even in five years or so.”
Spend the time to create a relationship with time. Time should become your friend. Do this right now. Calendar in the following and confirm these appointments –
1. If you are married, schedule a date and a time for a night out, one night each week in the next four weeks, just the two of you. No business calls or checking email. If you are not married, substitute with your girlfriend or boyfriend.
2. If you have parents, schedule a date and a time to visit with them. One day they will be gone and you will wish you did this more often.
3. If you have children, whatever age they are, schedule a date and a time to speak with them on the phone, or meet with them if they are nearby or to play with them if they are younger and at home. No business, no phone calls. This is time for just you and your child without distractions.
4. Get into the habit of doing 1, 2, and 3 more often. Now incorporate these habits into how you run your career each and every day
Are you ready to incorporate time into your success plan for your career and your life? Contact Mitch Tublin today, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-907-8223.