Each day we all get 24 hours in a day and 60 minutes in an hour. Yet, some people can never seem to catch up or get everything done they should. The biggest reason is they over commit and then end up under delivering.

Our integrity is really nothing more than doing what we say we are going to do.So take a look at your calendar and as you make appointments, to do lists and things for your self to accomplish only list those things you really can do and need to do. otherwise, we leave our integrity in shambles.

That’s when we start using excuses as “I meant to but I kept getting interrupted” or “I just never got to it today”. these all affect our sense of accomplishment and our personal integrity.

Make sure what you plan to do its really the right thing for you to help you be the best you can be. here is an interesting story that drives that point home:

Arthur Berry was described by Time as “the slickest second-story man in the East,” truly one of the most famous jewel thieves of all times. In his years of crime, he committed as many as 150 burglaries and stole jewels valued between $5 and $10 million. He seldom robbed from anyone not listed in the Social Register and often did his work in a tuxedo. On an occasion or two, when caught in the act of a crime by a victim, he charmed his way out of being reported to the police.

Like most people who engage in a life of crime, he was eventually caught, convicted and served 25 years in prison for his crimes. Following his release, he worked as a counterman in a roadside restaurant on the East Coast for $50 a week.

A newspaper reporter found him and interviewed him about his life. After telling about the thrilling episodes of his life he came to the conclusion of the interview saying, “I am not good at morals. But early in my life I was intelligent and clever, and I got along well with people. I think I could have made something of my life, but I didn’t. So when you write the story of my life, when you tell people about all the burglaries, don’t leave out the biggest one of all… Don’t just tell them I robbed Jesse Livermore, the Wall Street baron or the cousin of the king of England. You tell them Arthur Berry robbed Arthur Berry.”

Here are six terrific truths about time:
First: Nobody can manage time. But you can manage those things that take up your time.

Second: Time is expensive. As a matter of fact, 80 percent of our day is spent on those things or those people that only bring us two percent of our results.

Third: Time is perishable. It cannot be saved for later use.

Fourth: Time is measurable. Everybody has the same amount of time…pauper or king. It is not how much time you have; it is how much you use.

Fifth: Time is irreplaceable. We never make back time once it is gone.

Sixth: Time is a priority. You have enough time for anything in the world, so long as it ranks high enough among your priorities.

Reach out for help in organizing your priorities to make the most of your time and integrity.

Have a great day,
Coach Nancy

  • Christina D'Elosua

    Well said Nancy! I definitely need an occasional reminder not to over commit and under deliver. It’s just so hard for me to say no. 🙂