Besides developing your relationship with God, the most important way to utilize your time is being with your most valued people. However, it’s very easy to be pulled toward those who shouldn’t receive as much of you as they do.

Author and success mentor Darren Hardy has stated that we should categorize our relationships into three buckets:

1 – People whom you should spend MORE time with

2 – People whom you should spend LESS time with

3 – People whom you should spend NO time with

I believe this is an important exercise. Personally, I’ve allowed too many “wrong” people over the years to take up my time. In trying to be available to everyone, I’ve often short-changed those whom I value the most. This is still something I have to work on regularly. I have a long way to go, but I’m getting better at saying “no” to the requests of people who will simply take up my time. I’ve learned to set healthier boundaries. I’ve begun to guard my calendar to protect me from time-wasting meetings. I’ve become braver and bolder in this area of my life.

Time is the only resource that is not renewable. You can earn more money in various ways, but once time has passed, it is gone forever. And the older you get, the faster it seems that time goes by. We need to treat time as a precious commodity because it is!

This week, evaluate your calendar in light of WHO you are spending time with. Are you investing in your most valued relationships OR are you spending time on people who will not give a long-term return on that investment?

When you invest, you gain compounding interest that will leave a legacy. When you spend, you squander precious moments that take away from your valued people.

I’ll be the first to tell you that this process is not easy. If you’re a “people person” as I am, it’s difficult to turn people away. But think of it this way – at the end of your life, will you be pleased that you gave large amounts of time to people that didn’t give you a return on the investment or will you regret that you didn’t invest more time into the people you value the most?

Pray about and reflect on this idea, then take appropriate action. You’ll be glad you did even if you have to make some difficult decisions in the short-term.

Until next time…make today GREAT!

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