Time is Money. We’ve all heard this assertion before. And many of us believed it…which is why we waste so much of it.
We measure it just like we do our money. We track it in minute increments as it ticks away in an infinite circle showing us how much we have left, how much we’ve frittered away, how much more we need.
I mean like the air you breathe, the life you live, drinking in clear blue skies sweetened with birds’ songs. That kind of invaluable.
And yet, unlike money, it’s the most likely element in our life we’ll ignore. Even as we bemoan our dwindling savings or celebrate that big new contract, we rarely turn this same level of attention to our time.
Makes sense to me. Time’s a scary thing. It’s just so very limited, the time we have here on Earth. And it seems to slip away at an ever-increasing rate of speed.
One of my all-time favorite quotes is:
“Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end the faster it goes.” ~Andy Rooney
As solopreneurs, entrepreneurs, micro business owners or whatever word you use to describe what you do, time is too often seen as our worst enemy rather than our most precious commodity.
When I first started my business as a freelance copywriter working for peanuts, there were days that I’d have to write 10,000+ words just to make a decent wage. I quickly discovered how much time I had previously been wasting and how little attention I paid to it.
I mean, I’d update my Quicken files every day. I checked my accounts sometimes twice a day. I maintained weekly, monthly and annual spreadsheets on all my expenses and income. I knew were every penny was coming from and where it would go.
But time. Meh. Not really worth my time (ahem) to do all that tracking for it, as well. Until I had no choice.
So I approached it just as I did when I first started to learn how to budget money. I wrote down every minute I spent, what I spent it on and what got accomplished. I tracked every minute of every day for over three months until I knew -to the second- how long any given task would take.
I began to recognize cycles where my productivity would slow down. Usually around the New Moon (read: PMS), I would need to give myself longer breaks and more frequently. I was able to prepare for these cycles instead of letting them sneak up on me and totally derail my busy schedule.
Introducing the “30-Day Time is
Money Precious-Beyond-Belief Challenge”
I used a system called the Pomodoro Technique to finally get a handle on my time. It not only drastically increased my productivity, it did so with ease and brought about some profound realizations. The technique’s simplicity belies its power.
I’m not an affiliate for this book or the company. Besides, it’s free. But I strongly encourage you to go download it now, pick a date to start, and then use this every day (at least every work day) for 30 days.
After you’ve grabbed the book, sign up below to start your 30-Day Challenge. You’ll receive weekly emails of encouragement from me and have an opportunity to get some one-on-one support if you have any questions along the way. Then, at the end, you’ll have someone to celebrate with (ME, YAY ๐
You might be thinking, “WTF Jenny? You’re swimming in contradiction here. This sounds like we’re going to budget our time JUST like we budget our money.”
I assure you, I am not. Something magical happens when you start tracking your time with this level of care and attention…you begin to build a healthier relationship with time. You start to appreciate it more and truly value what it has to offer you.
Your perception of time is transformed from one of “never enough” to one of gratitude and appreciation.
This newfound gratitude will, in turn, begin to create more abundance of time.
Don’t believe me? Feeling skeptical? Then I challenge you, good friend, to take the 30-Day Challenge and prove me wrong.