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How to Make the Days Count

You’ve probably heard the saying, don’t count the days, make the days count. It’s wonderful advice. When you make something count it means that whatever you did was worth something. It was worth your time and energy, it made a difference, or it made you happy. Making your days count is sometimes easier said than done, though. Here are a few tips for making every second worthwhile in business and in your personal life.

  1. Set goals. If you don’t have an end vision, all of the work done in between can start to feel completely pointless. What is the best possible outcome? Start each new project, client plan, or even a simple day at work by establishing what you want the end result to be. Then create your plan of action based on tasks that will directly lead to accomplishing the original goal.
  2. Spend time doing what you love. If there’s ever a way to incorporate your passions into your business, don’t hesitate to do it. You’ll have something to look forward to every day and the love for what you do will show in your work.
  3. Don’t just be in charge. Take time to build relationships with your employees. You don’t have to go golfing together on the weekends (maybe you shouldn’t), but you can show them that you care for their well-being and job satisfaction. Ask them how their weekend was and what you can do to be a better boss. They won’t feel like coming in to work is a chore and neither will you if your work relationships aren’t strictly business 24/7.
  4. Schedule time for yourself. When you’re home, be home. Don’t check your email after 6 p.m. – whatever it is can wait until 9 a.m. the next morning. While your business is no doubt pretty great, so are your family and friends. Make a conscious effort to be away from work every now and then. The days won’t seem so long if you know that at the end of the day you have time to be with loved ones or spend a little time alone.

It can be a challenge to develop new habits like the ones above, but with a little bit of dedication, you can start feeling more fulfilled in your work life. Remember, fellow entrepreneurs, to always try to make the days count.

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About Artemio Flores III

Art Flores is the president of the Entrepreneurs' Organization - San Antonio. He is also the vice president and co-owner of Artcom Associates, Inc. The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) is a dynamic, global network of more than 9,500 business owners in 40 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO is the catalyst…