We have all heard the mantra, pay yourself first. Good advice. There are always more things to spend money on, a nice dinner, new clothes, or a new electronic toy. When we set aside some money at the beginning of each month, we can build a substantial nest egg over time.
The same advice is true of our time. Most of us have jobs where there is always more to do, another call to make, another report to create or another client to visit. We live in a culture and with technology that encourages us to be on call 24/7. The underlying premise is that we should respond promptly, almost immediately, to every inquiry or request.
If you want more time for yourself or with friends and family, you need to set aside that time at the beginning of the month. Schedule that weekly date night with your spouse first. Set aside some time each morning to exercise or read something that empowers you first. Book your next family vacation first.
Because life is about more than work, and trust me, the work will still be there when you get back.