Day 62: Time Ownership

Photography by Sidney Diongzon

Photography by Sidney Diongzon

I threw out the term time management. Instead of time management...time ownership.
— Chris Hogan, EntreLeadership Podcast

It seems like everyone is too busy to do anything these days. Every minute seems to be consumed with work and projects, and no time for family, relationships, or anything personal. "But, there's so much at work and I just don't have time." Bull. "But it's just a season." Bull. I've actually said those exactly things recently, but this morning I had a revelation: I have the ability to tell my day what to do.

There are a plethora of time management techniques and apps out there, but managing time always comes down to you. In fact, it's not really about time management. It's about time ownership. It's your life and it's your time. Own it. Work when you're at work, but when you're home, you're at home and leave work behind. If you have a huge project to work on, give it your all but don't give it your life. It's not about being busy, but be extremely productive.

I'm getting fired up about this because I'm currently working on a huge project at work with 12 days left until the deadline, while starting a business. There's a lot of work hours ahead, but I'm going to be smart about it. When I'm doing my business, I'm focused on doing my business. When I'm at work, I'm going to work hard and work smart, but I will not bring it home. That's my time with my wife. I own that time, and it better not go anywhere without my permission. As Chris Hogan says, "Take ownership of your day, so you can take ownership of your results."

Your days are numbered, so own the time you have left in your life.