Time wasted cannot be regained. It’s a cancelled check – worth nothing. I guard my time like it was gold. In fact, to me, it’s worth even more than gold because you can’t buy a sack of time with a sack of gold. That’s why I don’t like distractions in my life. I know they happen. But I don’t like them. The time of my life is divided into four areas and I don’t let anything get in the way when I’m doing any one of the four.
#1. When I work, I work. Nothing interferes with my workday. That’s where I make my living. I want to be focused and left alone.
#2. When I sleep, I sleep. You know I like to sleep as much as a bear. I don’t want someone interrupting my sleep at 3 o’clock in the morning because they have a problem. Unless it’s an emergency, that’s my time.
#3. When I eat, I eat. I don’t like being bothered when I’m eating. I don’t want to concentrate on anything else. Talk to me later, not when I’m eating.
#4. When I play, I play. I don’t want someone trying to get a hold of me when I’m on vacation. That time is for me and my family. Don’t call me. I’m not listening.
Those are my four policies about how I regulate my time. If you follow this approach you’ll be amazed at how much time you’ll have for everything in your life. And that’s important to understand because life is not about one thing. To live a balanced life you must pay attention to everything that’s important to you. That’s how I do it. Your life is about more than just your job. My approach is neat, orderly and it works. I know exactly what I expect of myself and when. And so does everyone else. Here’s the kicker though, when it’s time to work I go into action mode. I get off my butt and get moving. You won’t make any footprints in the sands of time sitting down.
When you arrive at your place of work never forget that you haven’t accomplished a damn thing yet. Make every moment count for something. Get on the right track with thorough preparation before you start your day or ever get near your office or place of work. By the time you walk in the front door of where you work you should be primed and ready to “hit the bricks running”. If you don’t latch onto this basic idea about the importance of preparation YOU ARE DOOMED. Period. If you have a good day, for heaven’s sake don’t “reward” yourself the next day by slacking off. Do it again! Whatever you did worked! You’re doing something right! Be thankful. Learn from that experience. There’ll be plenty of time for rewards later. All you have is this golden moment – NOW! Right now. What are you going to do with it? Work When You Work. For the time of your life give it all the gas you have in you! See you at the finish line!