The only area where all men are TRULY created equal is in the number of hours in their day

The only area where all men are TRULY created equal is in the number of hours in their dayWhen our Founding Father’s stated, “all men are created equal” they were, of course, absolutely correct.  However, while all men may be CREATED equal, we sometimes aren’t BORN equal.  I think we can all accept the fact that being born into the Kennedy or Rockefeller family is a little more advantageous than being born into most of ours!  However, “privilege” aside, the one area where the playing field is somewhat leveled is by the fact that each and every one of us only has 168 hours each week, and what we do with them is what determines the level of our success.

The key, of course, deals with “Time Management.”  The first step in Time Management is the setting of Priorities.  The categories we typically deal with here are Family, Work, and Sleep.  For decades, nay centuries and perhaps even millennia, the thought has been that to be successful in business you have to concentrate on “work” and pretty much ignore the other two.  That, however, is not the case.

I’m not going to expound on the importance of a balanced life; nor on the fact that family should be the third most important priority in you life (work IS NOT one or two!); nor even on the fact that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has declared sleep deprivation a Public Health Epidemic. What am I going to do is elaborate on a statement we have all heard over and over but still may not have permeated our consciousness and affected our life.  The real key here is that we need to learn to “work smart, not hard.”

In as much as we do only have 168 a week we must accept a vitally important fact, and then implement it – – we can’t do it all ourselves!  Rather, we need to learn to delegate to others so we can usurp some of their 168 hours and “free up” some of ours!  The first step here is to determine what to delegate.  Here are several suggestions in making this determination:

  1. Give up as many of the tasks that you don’t enjoy as you possibly can – Not only will you gain more hours, you will enjoy your work that much more.
  2. Give up tasks that virtually anyone can do – Remember, rudimentary, mundane tasks don’t need your genius nor expertise.

So, if you want to get the most out of your day, determine what you enjoy most and what can only be accomplished by you and concentrate on those areas and, perhaps, some day your family will be considered “privileged” as well!

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He who dies with the most toys is still dead!

He who dies with the most toys is still dead!You may be more familiar with the original Bumper Sticker, the one that said, “He who dies with the most toys wins.”  The reality of the one we are addressing, however, is far more relevant – – and true!  We have a generation that is so enthralled by, and dedicated to pursuing, toys that they have lost sight of the true meaning of life!

If we buy into, “He who dies with the most toys wins,” we will have our priorities totally askew!  You see, if you want to measure the true value of your life, it is not determined by what you have, but, rather, by who you have.  As a nation, and especially as business people, we have forgotten that vitally important adage that says, “We should love people and use things, not the other way around.

To validate my point I offer the following statement:  No one has ever been on their deathbed and uttered the words, “I wish I had spent more time at the office.”  This was exemplified a few years ago by a TV commercial where the following dialogue takes place:

Little Girl:  “Mommy, why do you have to go away for the week-end and work?”

Mom:  “So we can live in our nice big house, honey.”

Little Girl:  “Mommy, can we buy a smaller house and you stay home more?”

What parents in our society need to realize is that kids, real kids, don’t want more toys to play with, they want Mom and Dad to play with them.  More fun is had in a rowboat that is actually taken to the lake than with a speedboat that stays in the driveway ‘cause Mom and Dad are working to pay it off!

As you set your goals for the next year, first set your priorities.  And, as you do so, don’t forget our “Bumper Sticker” truth:  “He who dies with the most toys is still dead.”

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