As I sit here at the airport waiting to board a flight, I decided to write a quick article on the importance of NET Time. Lately I’ve been doing lots of traveling and waiting for flights, flying, checking in, traveling and more and it’s really made me look at the importance of utilizing your time well.
After all, if we don’t manage our time well, we can miss our appointments, miss a flight, miss an important opportunity and so forth. However, this article is not about saving time, it’s about using the small bits of time that we usually have that all add up to a large amount of time. It’s about time investment.
What is your NET time?
These small bits of time make up NET time and it usually comprises of:
- Waiting to board a flight.
- Waiting for the train or bus.
- Time it takes to go somewhere.
- Extra time you have while waiting for someone.
These small bits of extra time that we have can be used in a positive way.
NET Time Example
I’ll give you an example.
Let’s say that it takes you 30 minutes to drive to work and 30 minutes to drive home. Each day, you spend 1 hour driving to work and back. If you work 5 days a week, that’s 5 hours a week you spend driving to and from work.
1 hour per day x 5 days = 5 hours per week
5 hours per week x 4 weeks = 20 hours a month
12 hours per month x 12 months = 240 hours a year
You would spend 240 hours a year simply driving to and from work.
What people normally do when they drive to and from work is listen to the radio or music. So that’s 240 hours a year listening to music.
So how can you turn this around and make use of your NET time?
It’s simple, Brian Tracy calls this “turning your car into a mobile university”. What you can do is purchase educational and motivational cds that help your life in someway.
What if you spent 240 hours of your time listening to the best educational programs that shows you how to increase your income part time? What if you spent that time learning the best strategies that show you how to lose 5 – 10 kilos in one year? What about buying your first home? Would that be of use to you?
Would investing 240 hours into your career, health, business, finances give you an advantage over someone who didn’t do that? You bet it would.
My story of NET Time
I’ve certainly done this in the past. I used to drive to work and I would be listening to the best speakers in the world talking about how they turned their lives around from rags to riches. I became so inspired by the stories and knowledge they have imparted and till this day, I still use the information I learnt all those years ago while driving my car.
Why listening to inspirational and educational cds in the car, you build your skills and yourself instead of participating in road rage or listening to the news which is normally negative which will influence your day.
Imagine if you woke up one morning with the best attitude in the world, you drive your car to work and you listen to the radio and on the news, you hear stories of murder, rape, disease, war and famine. You hear the news of economic doom where thousands of employees are sacked every day and how your career could be at risk.
Would that influence your day? Of course it would.
I once read an article that said that when Bill Gates was growing his business, if he would park his car in his garage, while the engine was turning off, he would look at a picture that resembled something of benefit. He used whatever time he had and invested it into something.
How to maximize your airport time
Most people think of airports as a complete waste of time. However, airport time is one of the best opportunities to work on yourself and catch up on your work. You’re given a huge block of time that you can use at your disposal.
I personally enjoy waiting at the airport, I always have something to do and something to work on. I enjoy waiting at airports, sitting in a plane (which is what I’m doing right now) and doing some sort of work or reading a good book that improves my life in someway.
Most people who wait at airports tend to do the following:
- People reading the paper
- People on their laptops looking at Facebook
- People reading their book
- People sleeping on the bench
- People staring at a wall
- People working
- People chatting with each other
So next time you have that extra bit of time, instead of watching the TV, listening to the radio to work, why don’t you try listening or watching an educational program instead. It will change your life in so ways you can’t imagine.
Let’s all use NET time in our lives.
Share your thoughts and send me your ideas on time that can be better spent somewhere else.