8 Things You Must Do to Protect Your Time – Part 1

Time is your most precious asset, and it’s your responsibility to manage it, no one else’s. If you’re not careful, time will slip through your fingers, and you’ll have nothing to show for those days, months, and even years. Thus, you must protect your time as a bank protects the money it manages: strive to maximize every moment.

Time is “the stuff” life is made off. Your life is furnished by what you bought with your time. If you don’t like the furniture in your life, you have to change what you buy with your time.

Many activities compete for a piece of your time, and you must learn to sift through them to ensure that your time is invested in the right ones.

In this two-part series, I share eight things you must do to protect your time. Here are the first four.

1. Plan Your Days

Planning infuses intentionality into your day. Instead of roaming through the day, you give direction and purpose to your day. Every minute you spend planning will save you time when you’re executing.

And when new activities come up and try to infringe on your time, you can measure them against your plan and determine whether those unplanned activities are worth sacrificing items on your plan.

Thus, investing a few minutes in planning each day is an excellent way to protect your time.

2. Learn to Say, “No”

Get this. You can’t do everything. Your time is limited, and someone’s else priority doesn’t have to become yours. If you don’t take a stand, your time will be dominated by other people’s priorities.

To protect your time, you must learn to say, “No,” It’s not always easy, but it’s necessary.

3. Set Clear Goals

Your goals define where your time and energy should be invested. It’s goals that give purpose to your time and direction to your life. Without goals, you’re like a ship tossed to and fro by the winds of life; you don’t know when you’ll end up, but time will continue to fly by.

By setting goals, you’re committing your time to pursuing those goals. This ensures your time is invested in the activities that matter most to you.

4. Eliminate Distractions

We live in a distracted era, a time where we carry a source of distraction in our pocket (i.e., our mobile devices).

Of course, mobile devices aren’t the only sources of distractions you have to face. Distractions are everywhere, and you must learn to protect your time against them. To do so, you must seek to eliminate as many as you can (or at least minimize their influence on you).

It all starts by becoming aware of the primary sources of distractions in your life and taking measures to minimize their impact on you.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.