I love this message on the value of time, and wanted to share it with my readers. I think this is especially important to remember at this time of year. Enjoy your time with your family and friends this holiday season!
The Value of Time
Imagine … there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening it deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day.
What would you do? Draw out every cent, or course!
Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.
Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against tomorrow. You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success! The clock is running. Make the most of today!
To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.
Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time. And remember that time waits for no one. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present!
Do you feel overwhelmed with your workload? Many of us fail to delegate even when overloaded with work, because we have a hard time giving up control. We feel like we need to do it all ourselves. Let me tell you, I was once a control freak, holding on to every project to make sure it was done my way. “It needs to be right”, I told myself, so who better to assure it than me? It goes back to high expectations. We have a problem trusting others to do the job up to our standards. We follow the old adage – If you want a job done well, do it yourself. This kind of thinking can keep us prisoners of our work. It puts undue pressure on ourselves, and doesn’t give others an opportunity to develop new skills.
If you have someone at work that you can delegate to, by all means, do so. Trust others even when it’s difficult. Let go of control. This will free you up from the trivial duties to focus on more strategic activities that will increase your effectiveness.
I learned that delegation takes a certain knack, one that we can all learn, if we try. How do you delegate? Here are four steps in the delegation process.
Decide – What tasks can you delegate? Ask yourself, “Can anyone else complete this task?” If so, then decide to whom you’ll delegate responsibility.
Discuss – Meet with the employee to describe the project or task. Share your expectations and desired outcome, but not necessarily the “how”. Be sure to provide the proper tools and resources. Also discuss and negotiate the time frame or deadline.
Support – For longer-term projects, follow-up and monitor progress; assist if they need guidance.
Recognize – Acknowledge the employee’s effort and results. Let him or her know how much you appreciate their help. A simple “thank you” goes a long way.
By delegating effectively, you’ll increase your overall productivity and effectiveness – and reduce your stress.
Mary Zambri is one of several 2012 Working Mothers of the Year selected by Working Mother Magazine. Mary is mom to Shane, 4, and Montana, 1, and works as vice president of ad sales for Viacom Media Network’s Music and Entertainment.
Mary is a caring mother of two young boys and a high-performing ad sales executive who has faced tremendous hardship over the past couple of years. Her can-do approach and unwavering optimism have always been positively contagious, but since her husband was diagnosed with cancer during her second pregnancy two years ago, she has shined and truly become an inspiration to her coworkers at Viacom. They say that Mary doesn’t let anything get her down. Instead, she spins adversity into strength, insisting that like anything else, it’s all about what you do with what you’re dealt.
Even in the midst of balancing her husband’s rounds of chemo, surgery and medical appointments, plus the general stress and anxiety of a loved one’s cancer diagnosis—not to mention the demands of a 4-year-old and 16-month-old at home—Mary remains focused at work and caring about the needs of others, including clients and her team. Although it requires extra coordination and communication on her part, Mary supports a job-share between two women on her team; she cares about fostering an inclusive and supportive environment at work.
Mary can find the good in any obstacle, professional or personal. She inspires others to do the same, just as her confidence and willingness to find solutions motivates those around her. Her approach is truly inspirational to working women and moms, to female and male associates at work, to families facing cancer and to anyone fortunate enough to cross paths with this exemplary working mother.
Excerpted from Working Mother Magazine website (www.workingmother.com/best-company-list)