Most people will say you shouldn’t waste time, but they have no idea what squandering even a little time can really cost you.
That’s why I made this video about the value of a minute.
Listen, millions of people are held back from success simply because they don’t know have the discipline to get things done. It’s the single biggest handicap to success—not a lack of brains, character or willingness.
These millions of people who fail to do something great with their lives know what to do and they almost do it on time. They almost win promotions. They almost become leaders. They may miss by only a minute, but they do miss.
The “Almosts” are not lazy. Often they are busier than the very effective few. They putter around all day long and half the night, but they fail to accomplish anything of any real importance because they waste time on minor details and trivial distractions.
To be productive, you don’t have to work harder; you have to work more effectively by learning to make your time count.
People who win have made up their mind they’re not going to waste their minutes. They’re going to be get things done. They’re going to make it happen without letting others distract them.
To see how much you value your minutes, answer the following questions:
- When you wake up, do you get up immediately?
- When you do get up, how long does it generally take you before you become productive?
- Do you have your activities for the day prepared and prioritized when you get up in the morning?
- Do you have difficulty staying focused on a project?
- Do you typically complete all of the most important activities on your to-do list?
If your answers indicate that you are an “Almost,” change things up. Start getting out of bed as soon as you wake up, prioritize your activities for each day, do things in a calm, focused state.
In other words, recognize the most important you thing you have right now—this minute. And spend it doing something constructive.
To your success,
Chairman & Co-Founder
Proctor Gallagher Insitute