Things Learned: Respecting My Own Time

Welcome to the Things Learned Series where we discuss practical implementations of Entrepreneurial Principles.

It’s super cliche to say by now that Time is Gold but it does not make it any less true. As an Entrepreneur we must learn how to respect our time because other people might simply not have the same respect for it. A big example of this is by being late to pre-agreed meeting times.

Top Tip: If a person is late for 3 hours then they ask you to just speak to their assistant instead then there is a pretty good chance that person does not respect your time… or you. Get out of there as quick as you can. Go and work on your business, be productive. You have better things to do than be subjected to waiting room boredom.
Here are a couple of the biggest time vacuums that kill productivity and how to avoid them:
The Social Media Shuffle:
This one is a familiar scenario, you wake up full of energy ready to take on the day. You grab your phone and visit your favorite social media. You stare at post after post about stuff you are barely interested in then suddenly it’s night time.
The Solution:
Be conscious about going through your feed. If you can’t avoid it entirely then at least put a timer on so you know how much time you are spending on a staring contest with that picture of your neighbor’s cat
The Unproductive Terrible Traffic:
Commuting to and from your office at rush hour in Metro Manila is slightly more exciting than watching paint dry. It takes about as much time as well. Spending 4+ hours in transit is actually pretty common but it doesn’t make it acceptable.
The Solution:
Telecommuting, definitely. If you can get away with working offsite for the type of job you are doing then great! Sip a cup of coffee and sit in front of your computer in the comfort of your own home. If you need to be physically present for your job and you can’t avoid the morning commute then at least stimulate your mind with music or even listen to a new audiobook.
How about you? What do you think is the biggest productivity halting time wasting activity?

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