We’ve all had a job at one time or another, where we made X amount of dollars per hour. Some of you reading this may still very well be in that situation. There’s nothing wrong with understanding the value of your time. It’s something everyone should become hyper-aware of.
Time is the one finite resource we have, and no matter how much money you make, you can never buy back the time you’ve already used on this planet.
So how do you find ways to increase the value of your time?
Increasing the value of your time doesn’t have to be difficult and it doesn’t have to mean sacrificing everything you love and care about to make more money. The better you get about managing your time, the better you will become at valuing it as a byproduct of that skill set, which is why time management is the first step to increasing the value of your time!
When you can manage your time and make others understand that your time is precious, they will have more respect for it. When others respect your time as valuable, they will be less likely to waste it or squander it away with pointless questions. Become one with your calendar. You should have every bit of your day planned out for success. You do this by getting clear on what your daily priorities are. With only twenty-four hours in a day, you need to have a plan for getting the most out of each precious minute. Most humans need somewhere between six and eight hours of sleep per night; most highly successful entrepreneurs and business owners lean more towards the six hours a night time frame. They do this because they know if they want to reach the apex of life, they will have to sacrifice a few hours of sleep to get more accomplished.
Sleeping 6 hours per night leaves you eighteen hours left in the day to be productive. Being productive includes focusing on your gratitude, genetics, grind, and group, a.k.a The Code.
Each day you should have time blocked out for each area of the Gcode.
For myself, I take the first hour or hour and a half of the day to focus on my mindset and genetics. I journal my gratitudes first thing and then head out for a sixty minute fasted cardio to get my blood pumping and adrenaline flowing. I do this seven days a week, even on weekends.
Some days, like during the workweek, you will be more heavily focused on the grind or your business. Those 6-8 hours you plan for work should also be broken down into time blocks of productivity. When do you work on emails? What about your follow-up calls to new clients? If your business relies on social media, how are you intentional about creating content and responding to comments? You need to be sure you account for every aspect of the day and do your best to avoid distractions like funny youtube/tik tok videos your friends send you and the random political posts that trigger you to spend twenty minutes arguing with trolls.
When the work is complete, you still need to make sure you are spending time with your spouse, children, loved ones, and friends. These people are an integral part of your success, and spending quality time with them is equally as important as the business day.
PUT THEM ON THE CALENDAR!
Also, be sure you don’t just put them on there and ignore them. Be present at the moment and let them know they are as vital to you as your business and hobbies.
When you own your time, you make it more valuable.
The second way to make your time more valuable is to work on your craft.
Have you ever heard the story about the multi-million dollar company who’s manufacturing machine goes down? They call every technician in the company to take a look, and every single one of them ends up stumped. They spend hours going over the machine top to bottom, looking for a reason it’s no longer working. All the while complaining about how much money they are losing in the process.
So they make a call to an old-timer they have heard about from some of their other business partners. This gentleman shows up, and the owners immediately begin asking…
“How long will this take?”
“What do you think is wrong?”
“Do you know how much money we are losing with this machine down? THOUSANDS!”
So the old-timer takes a walk around the unit, gives it a once over, and pulls out a small hammer. He taps his hammer three times on a specific spot, and the machine fires up like new. The owners are ecstatic!
They can’t believe he could repair the machine so fast and think to themselves how they couldn’t believe it was so easy. That is until he hands them a bill for $10,000…
“EXCUSE ME!” exclaims one of the owners…
“We’re not paying that much; you’re a crazy old man. You were here for less than 10 minutes. How can you possibly think that was worth $10,000?”
The old man smiles and replies, “You’re not paying me for the 10 minutes I’ve been here. You’re paying me for the 30+ years of experience I have with these machines. As you said, when I arrived, this machine being down was costing you thousands and thousands of dollars.” The owners looked at each other, fuming before handing the man a check for $10,000.
You see, the point of this story is that even though you might not know its value yet… Your experience, efforts, and hard work are building towards something unique.
The third and final way to increase the value of your time is to focus on personal development.
Read more books, listen to more podcasts, find the types of individuals you desire to be like, and study their every move. Success leaves clues, and the best way to become successful is to model yourself after those who have been where you are and gotten to where you want to be.
Becoming more personally developed will make you a more likable person. It will give you the power to attract individuals into your life who value your time and what you bring to their lives. The best way to attract those individuals is to be an example of what THEY want to become.
The better you are as a person, the more likely you are to attract the type of people you WANT to do business with and who WANT to do business with you. When someone wants to do business with you, they will be willing to pay the price to make it happen even if you are more expensive than other options. They will see it as an investment instead of a cost.
Your time is valuable and probably far more valuable than you currently realize. Sometimes you just need a little reminder of your greatness and how much you can bring to the table.
One last way you can increase your time’s value is to get surrounded by individuals who can provide you the guidance and wisdom necessary for better time management. Who has the skill set you desire and are willing to share the experience of their efforts with you—the kind of individuals who can take you to the APEX of life.
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The most elite and valuable version of yourself is always just one step away, and The APEX is there to show you how to take that next step.