There it goes, your time. Never again will you get those seconds back, never again will you get to live that moment.
The concept of time, managing it, investing it, spending it, and donating it, has captivated my attention for the last 12–18 months. After spending many hours trying to find the right tools and systems for managing my time as a young professional I came away empty-handed, taking bits from here and there, trialling this program, ditching that one, but nothing of too much substance.
I was disappointed, to say the least but upon reflection what I had consequently done is opened a door of opportunity for myself to create my own system which worked for me, and now like all good things, I’m sharing it.
Since that time of confusion and frustration I have successfully doubled my productivity at work, started a business, managed two full-time jobs working 50 hour weeks, studied a Bachelor’s degree full-time and lived to tell the tale.
What I realised was that it wasn’t about how much time I had, because there was very little spare at the end of the day, it was what I did with the time I did have that really mattered and defined my actions each and every day.
It’s not about how much time you have, it’s about what you do with the time that you DO have that defines your actions.
Now it’s definitely all easier said than done but once I cracked the code, which did, in fact, take quite a while, my eyes were opened to a whole new world and a whole new appreciation for time.
Time is the commodity we trade every day in exchange for value. Regardless of the currency you use, the culture you were raised in, or the language you speak we all trade our time in exchange for value.
This was the ah-ha moment I had been waiting for. I had known it all along and had been reading about it across so many different mediums but nobody had plainly spelt it out to me. Time is not just something we use to program our lives to tell us where to be and when but a commodity like gold or silver, it has worth, except we are the only ones who can define this worth.
We all have time, but we don’t all use our time to the best of our ability. It gets wasted, overspent and underinvested in. Those who succeed in life first understand that time is our greatest asset. Time is the commodity…the commodity of our lives.
What’s even more powerful is the fact that we don’t know how much time we have. We know we have some time, so of us have more than others. We cannot see it, feel it or hear it, but we all know. That’s why I’m so passionate about maximising the time we DO have because we never know when that clock is going to stop ticking. We never know when our time will come to an end.
So remember, next time you’re complaining about not having enough time like I was 12–18 months ago, we all have 24 hours in a day. There’s no difference in the amount of time you have to the amount of time Richard Branson has in a day. It’s the actions that we take that define our days and the way we harness the commodity that is time.
If you’re curious to know more about Time Is The Commodity I’d love to share with you, you can read the Time Is The Commodity eBook at www.JacobCarlile.com/TimeIsTheCommodity
I’m also running an event where I’ll share the complete Time Is The Commodity system and give you all the tools, tips and tricks to take back control of your time. Register here.
Jacob Carlile is a young entrepreneur and investor based in South East Queensland, Australia. Having grown up in his family’s small business Jacob learnt from a young age how to work hard but also what it takes to succeed in business.
Jacob currently works in the finance industry developing personalised financial plans to assist people in growing their wealth, knowledge and successful strategies for the long-term whilst studying at university.
Jacob has a passion for business and loves to immerse himself in everything from marketing to sales to crunching the numbers and hopes through his study of business and those who drive success within the business environment to one day help shape the future of successful businesses within Australia and across the globe.