Paul Siderovski | It’s possible to get time on your side

Do you know there is a way to get more than 24 hours in a day?

Yes, it is true.

This is something I call NET (no extra time). But a bit more on that in a moment.

Time is more valuable to me than any amount of money, wealth, health or relationship. Why? With more time, the money will come, as will the wealth, the health and the relationships. 

I knew I had to think in a different way if I was going to resolve the constant frustration of breaking up my day into a mere 24 hours.

 I knew there had to be a way to get more hours in my day. There is, and I have found it - it has changed my life.

When I travelled to Sydney to see clients I used to drive there and back, and it would take at least five hours. I now have a driver and have created an extra five hours. This is NET.

I had to travel to Sydney anyway, but now I can work for five hours of that travel time. I have now created 29 hours in the day. Crazy huh? No!

I also apply this concept to exercise. I'll walk on the treadmill while using my purpose-built workstation at the same time for an hour. NET. I love listening to podcasts but that takes about an hour of my day, every day, so I do it while running to the beach and back.

CLOCKING SUCCESS: The power to change the hands of time is at your fingertips.

CLOCKING SUCCESS: The power to change the hands of time is at your fingertips.

With NET I always look for ways to use the time effectively and efficiently. You can apply this to your life in myriad ways and these are only a few examples of them.

Let’s take, for example, emails. How do you manage them? I know you might roll your eyes and say you can't live without email – it’s your task list, your ‘to do’ list – you might even base your whole day around it. I understand how crucial email can be, and I don't necessarily want you to change this. But let’s set some context. My business grew from three staff to 60, therefore the number of emails arriving in my inbox went from 150 to 400 in a day. There were not enough minutes in the day to answer them all.

My solution was to not answer them. I set up an automated message that I would not be checking my email between 10am and 5pm. The result was remarkable. It allowed me to be more present and impactful. It forced me to delegate and empower others to respond.

Basically, what I found was things that seemed urgent resolved themselves and really urgent items warranted a phone call. The other great part of doing an automated reply was that it still gave certainty to clients that I had received their email and they would also know when to expect a response.

Time is more valuable to me than any amount of money.

Try at least one thing for me where you create NET. Try it for a couple hours and see the effect on your inbox and your day. You may be pleasantly surprised. Alternatively, keep doing what you are doing and keep expecting a different result ... it may take a while. 

Paul Siderovski is founder and managing director of SiDCOR Chartered Accountants