Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What Value Do You Assign to Your Time?

Time is very elusive. At the end of the day our time is used up. We can't speed it up, slow it down, or save it. So often we are not really aware that time is passing. At the end of the day we often wonder what we did with our day.

When we do one thing with our time that means we are not doing something else. This is the Law of Excluded Alternatives. It is important to know that we do make choices of how we spend our time.

What is your time worth? As I have aged I have found that I no longer have this need to do everything myself. I chose to work on my job helping clients rather than polishing up my newsletter. I chose to spend time with my friend over the weekend rather than cleaning house. I would rather let another organizer sell items on EBay than try to do it myself. I am more conscious that I am not really saving money by doing these tasks myself. Instead I am losing time, and my time has a very high value to me.

I feel it is important to check in with yourself frequently. What are your goals? What gives you joy? Is what you are doing right now moving you closer to your goals or happiness? Is it more important to spend the day pressure washing your deck or going for a walk with a friend?

I love my business but I do not excel at all parts of my business and some parts I find very tedious. I work one-to-one with my clients but I get help with graphics and accounting. I contract our the tasks that are not my strengths or loves so that I have more time to do the things that I do really well.

In my home I contract for cleaning assistance and landscaping. I am capable of doing these tasks and even enjoy some of them but I chose to do other things with my time. I do a lot more delegating these days. My time is my life and that is priceless.


Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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