by: Minda Harts, Founder, The Memo
Before I started my own company, I used to look at goal setting as though I had exactly 12 months to get stuff done. It never failed, when Thanksgiving came around it was like a ticking time bomb alerting me that if I want to accomplish what I said, the time is now. I would even go as far to say, “Okay, this time next year, you don’t want to be in this same situation, so what are you going to do, girl?”
My mindset shifted when I started The Memo. I began working as if every day was the last day of the year. Every moment counted. When I wake up in the morning, I set my intentions based on what I need to do that will put our team closer to a win.
Over the last three months, I have been continually challenging myself to not get distracted by competition or what so and so is doing. When I allow my energy to be fixated on what other people are doing, it takes away time I could be working on me and my goals.
Wasted time and distractions are silent killers. Let me break this down like a perm: you know the moments when Facebook pops up with memories from like eight years ago, and you’re reminded of how much time you gave that person that you will never get back? Often, I flashback to the people, places, and things I gave entirely too much of my good energy to. (And most of them, didn’t serve 60 seconds of my time.) Time spent begging folks to stay, asking folks to leave, or being mad at your boss…
It’s time for us to wake up and protect our time. If we don’t value our own time and space, no one else will.
I hear from many of the women that attend our Career Boot Camps who tell me they wish they would have left their job sooner, or that they wasted so much time on an employer that never invested in their success. A mediocre job is no better than a mediocre relationship.
I challenge you to take an assessment of your life and how you spend your time. Who is wasting your time? Do you need some help with time management and being organized (Psst! We have a career boot camp on that topic!) ? It might be as simple as discussing with your supervisor a pathway to upward mobility. And if we are candid, sometimes we waste our own time! Whatever is distracting you or keeping you from moving closer to your career and life goals, let it go!
The only goal I have for the last month of this year is not to let anyone or anything waste my time. Part of self-care is protecting your time. I hope that you spend the remainder of 2017 making decisions that set you up for a win in 2018! #dontwastemytime