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  • Writer's pictureElaine Thompson

Time: Friend or Foe?


It is often said that time is an illusion. I like to say that time is an advantage, and time well-managed can certainly be your greatest asset. Time must be treated like an account, one that needs to be deposited into in order to gain its greatest benefits. You’ll find investing in time beneficial not only to your business but also to you. If this is true, is it safe to say that when action is deposited into the account of time then a positive outcome can be withdrawn by the account holder in due time? Consistent active action is needed in order to achieve a positive outcome when it comes to any goal.


Here are three ways investing in time has helped me:


Treating time as a sacred element.

The element of time is a sacred and valuable asset that should be treated as such at all times. I regret every second that I have wasted in the past as they are seconds I can never get back. That book you didn’t write, that startup you never mustered the courage to build, and that job you never applied for have all passed you by because you didn’t take the initiative to spend the currency of time on the act required to achieve the desired outcome. Realize that time is a valuable factor in the equation of success. When the currency of time is spent on action and then multiplied by hard work, a positive outcome is likely to be your end product.


Time management.

Organized time equates to time well-managed. This, in itself, increases productivity. When productivity is increased, effectiveness is more probable. Jordan Page’s block system and productivity planner helps me manage my time by detailing my daily activities and placing them into blocks that I can manage and follow throughout the day. It gives my agenda more motive and intent when planning each day. This is the most effective way I have discovered for managing time.


Using time to invest as much action as possible.

During each block, I try to achieve as much as I can when I can. The more action I put in, the more productivity is increased and the better my outcome is likely to be. For example, each morning between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., I try and write as much as I can in order to achieve my writing goals. If I surpass my writing goal for that day, I plot out more content and tackle those, even though my mark has been achieved. I invest as much action as I possibly can in order to be even more productive, thereby getting me ahead of my annual goal, and letting me hit my target early.


In conclusion, the strategy of time can either be for you or against you. The good news is that you decide this! Yes, you decide whether or not the element of time is a friend or foe. The above ways are three examples of how you can embrace time and take full advantage of its benefits. You can indeed profit from time if you strategically realize its value, invest in it by aligning it with your tasks, and distributing it accordingly. Time can work against you when it is wasted, or it can work for you when it is managed effectively. The element of time has been implemented into every moment, so embrace its value. Grasping time’s worth is a highly effective strategy entangled in the dynamics of success. It plays a huge role in achievement and triumph. Rise up and embrace it—use it to your advantage.


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