Transforming finance teams is about leaving the people I work with better than I found them.

I often have conversations with teams where they are demotivated due to the volume of overtime they work. I used to feel this way years ago too. I share with them my insights included in this wisdom article I wrote on Time. It somehow helps me build a relationship with them quicker and makes them realise that I care about them too. I often get told I must publish it. So today I feel, the TIME IS NOW to do so.

I often hear business leaders and their teams say that there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done. Does this sound familiar to you?

Time management starts with having a deep value for time. It really is about prioritizing and focusing on You first. The more you dedicate time to focus on your needs, the more likely you are to succeed in your endeavours to fulfil others’ needs whether these are family, community, customers, team members, friends or anyone else that you want to be of service to.

The duration of our time in this conscious life is unknown. We live each day on the assumption that our time on earth is plentiful. Truth is, this is just an assumption.

So, what can you do differently to use your time effectively?

Define what success means to you with material wealth excluded. By this I mean, fast forward to a future date where you have all the money you need, what would be the things you would crave most after money? Whatever this is, ask yourself whether or not you are consistently dedicating time to work on this to ensure you achieve your definition of success at all times?

Write-up a strategic plan for yourself first before you have one done for your business. Leadership starts with leading ones-self first before leading others. By leading yourself properly, you will make more wiser use of your time and inspire others to be the change you want to see.

Surround yourself with people that are experts in their field to help you make the right decisions to not waste time doing the wrong things. This means you not only save money, but you also save time.

In conclusion, valuing time is a choice. You either value it or you don’t. If you don’t value time, you do so at your own peril.