Marc Zalmanoff is the owner of Marc Z Fitness and is an author, coach and entrepreneur. Click here to further connect with Marc.
Time is all we have, and it's constantly running out.
As I've gotten older, the importance of how I spend my time is increasingly front and center.
Recently, I was getting some work done in my home office when I saw our poop scoop service pull up. Yes, people hired to clean up the mess from my dog doing what she does. They went to the backyard, did their thing and left without a peep.
A few minutes later the cleaning people showed up. We have them come every other week to give the house a deep clean. Obviously, it doesn't keep us from maintaining a certain level of cleanliness in between services, but they get all the nooks and crannies.
The next morning I got a text from our lawn guy that he was on his way, and by the time I got home from the gym, the work was done and they were long gone. I said to my wife "Wow! How blessed are we?"
This has nothing to do with laziness or thinking I'm above doing anything. Trust me, for the majority of my life, I did these tasks and many more because it was simply what I had to do. I'm no stranger to hard work, and I will absolutely do what's necessary when needed (I've yet to hire a cat litter scooper, and that's a full-time job).
But time is finite, and I really don't want to spend any more time scooping up dog poo or mopping the floor or edging the lawn. I derive no joy from any of those tasks. The most valuable use of my time is spent with my family, is spent serving my clients and is spent working on myself. The money spent to hire people for tasks like the aforementioned is peanuts compared to the value I can create with the time freed up not having to do those things. Far too often we only look at the cost of things, rather than analyzing the price we're paying by wasting our time on tasks that do not serve our business or our mission in this world.
Plus, they're the experts! They can do what they do exponentially faster than it would take me to do the same thing. Professional cleaning supplies, rags, buckets, mops, vacuums... Remembering you're out of one of those and having to make an extra trip to the store. None of that serves you where you are in life at this moment.
Please understand, it took a while to get here. As I said, I performed all these chores myself for a long time, and as I recognized the value of my time, and budgeted appropriately, I have slowly outsourced these services. You may need to start with outsourcing that one chore you loathe, and once you figure out how to do that on a regular basis, it will encourage you to find ways to do the same with other tasks.
Where is your time going? What are you spending time on that you could outsource to someone else? When is the last time you analyzed your schedule and optimized it to do more of what you love in life? If you and your business are evolving as they should, time management should be a high priority on a regular basis.
It may not seem like much, but the time adds up quickly and the peace of mind that comes with knowing you don't have to do it is invaluable.
Free up your time, help support other businesses and make good choices!
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