How Valuable is YOUR Time?

cartoon-7-26-2011 While sitting at dinner the other night with my family, I watched for a moment as my five year old struggled to eat linguine with a fork. I showed him how to twirl his fork to pick up the noodles more easily. Being one to quickly master skills like these, he practiced for a moment and within a couple of tries had figured out how to twirl the entire plate of linguine onto his fork. He then attempted to eat this huge ball of noodles and by the time the evening was over, we ended up leaving a very large tip to make up for the pasta disaster left in our wake.

This small example of zeal reminded me of how we, as business owners, tend to bite off more than we can chew. With all the technology that is at our fingertips, we are inundated 24/7 correspondence. Let’s face it – you can be seen as inefficient if you can’t take on the over-stimulating volume of requests, demands, questions, complaints, information and propaganda coming your way on a daily basis.

Remember this saying? You can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time. You are only one person and you are required to wear a lot of hats.

Put a value on your time. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Are you capable of licking your own stamps and most of the other menial details of your company’s daily routine? Probably. But should you take it all on? Probably not.

By placing real value on your time, you more effectively focus on business development, client relations and bigger picture passions that allowed you to create your business in the first place. Focus on the aspects of your business that you are critical to and get help with the rest.

Your blood pressure, clients, employees and family will thank you.