I recently came across this quote by Jim Rohn….
“You don’t get paid for the hour,
you get paid for the value you bring to the hour”
It got me thinking about how we value our own time, and how we value other people’s time too.
Being a business owner has taught me many things, but one of the biggest is the value of time. I live and work very differently now than I did when I had a 9-5 day job. I want to work as efficiently and productively as possible, enjoy how I’m working and what I’m using to make my business tick, and make sure that my life holds importance too.
Technology has been a big factor in this. Working in the online world means the software I use to run my business can make or break it. For example I changed my whole business project and task management system at the start of the year, and I cannot believe the difference it has made.
Balancing the virtual and real sides of my business is really important to me too. I like to give a personal human element to what I do, but I know that I can automate a lot of things to make the business more efficient, so I do that too.
For me, the value of time builds valuable connections in real life, and it’s not just about how quickly we can process our emails.
We all know how valuable our own time is, but how do we value other people’s time?
The hardest decision of all can be our time versus other people’s time, especially in business when the old saying ‘time is money’ crops up, spending time now has new meaning. I have been quite shocked in the past at how disposable some people think other people’s time is.
But let’s look beyond time for a moment, let’s think about the connections and relationships giving time can bring.
Richard Branson has said a lot recently about connections, as The Power of Connections has been Virgin.com’s theme for July. You can read his top 10 quotes here. There is a great mix of blogs on the main page about virtual and real life connections, and why physical connections still have a place in the virtual world of work.
Virtual and remote working has boomed in recent years, and sometimes as ‘physical’ as we can manage is video calling. Even this shouldn’t be underestimated as it is still hugely beneficial to build and maintain the relationship.
I’m not a fan of having ‘meetings’ for the sake of it, but when you work in the virtual world, it’s not just the time we all should value, but the connections too. There may not be anything on the agenda, but perhaps on every agenda, unwritten or otherwise, should be the value of the relationship a little time can create?
So next time you go to cancel a call because you think you haven’t got anything to talk about or you haven’t got time. Think again.
And if you’re interested in the value that you can give, and get, from just a three minute call – watch this!
Doing the right thing is always the right thing.
How can you weave a little bit more real connection into your virtual world?