We’ve all heard that our most valuable commodity is Time. We all have the same amount of time. There are 24 hours in a day which equates to 1,440 minutes. Each one of those minutes being very valuable. If you are sleeping an average of 7 hours or 420 minutes nightly you are now spending 1,020 awake minutes in the day.
Some of us may say “there is just not enough time in the day.” Now is there not enough time or are we not spending or prioritizing our time correctly?
If you all would be so kind and entertain an exercise of just stopping for one full minute by doing absolutely nothing – that’s right do nothing for one full minute. If you proceeded in this exercise you will find that a minute can sometimes seem like a very long time when suspended in time. Now realize that you have 1,020 of these minutes to allocate and prioritize to what’s most important.
There’s a phrase I use in this case being “slow down to speed up”. What exactly does that mean? It means exactly what it says; “slow down to speed up”. Slow down for a minute to get clear on your next move. Slow down for a minute when you are in a conversation with someone and really be present to that person. Slow down for a minute and just breathe deeply to calm yourself to clear your thoughts. Slowing down and getting clear for just a minute can be the difference between making the right or wrong decision. In business, this can make a big difference in stress, energy and money.
Make a conscious decision of how you are going to invest your minutes. You could invest in telling someone you love how much they mean to you. You could invest in telling a team member the value they bring to the organization. You could invest in telling a valued client how much you enjoy doing business with them.
One minute – 1,440 of them in a day – 1,020 of them on average awake. Choose wisely on how you are going to invest your minutes and it could just be the best investment you ever make.