Elbert Hubbard, a philosopher from the turn of the century, stated that our opportunities are available in the by-products of our daily existence. These by-products are the few minutes here and there that we don't think much about.
I decided to think more about the by-products of my daily existence and demonstrate opportunities that are easily taken for granted. For purposes of my illustration, I valued my time at $25 per hour and provide nine examples that would take place in the course of an ordinary day:
These examples are very ordinary ways in which time slips away from us each day. I used a conservative amount of $25 per hour and conservative estimates of time wasted with examples such as interruptions and waiting for meetings/appointments. I would actually value my time at a higher rate, but for purposes of the examples I shared, we just witnessed how I could easily waste the equivalent of $27,581 in one year. It becomes mind boggling when you attach a numerical value to your time.Examine the "by-products" of your day, those moments that might otherwise tick away unnoticed. Attach a monetary value to this precious commodity and become aware of the dollars going down the drain when this valuable resource is lost forever. Time is an "equal opportunity" resource. Everyone receives the same amount each day and it can't be saved for another day. Once this moment is gone, it is gone forever. Make sure that you are making the best use of each minute that you have. You will achieve your goals by capturing today and controlling each critical moment by effectively using the "by-products" of your daily living.
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