Time: Your Ultimate Asset. Own It, Don’t Loan It.

Today we’re diving into a topic that is close to my heart – time. As we navigate the challenges of our fast-paced lives, one thing becomes crystal clear – how we value and manage our time defines our success. Let’s unlock the secrets to mastering this ultimate asset.

The first tip: prioritize ruthlessly. It’s not about doing more; it’s about doing what matters. Your time is a limited resource, so allocate it to the things that align with your role and your goals at the credit union is very, very important. It’s the key to unlocking productivity.

Now, let’s talk about the importance of scheduling your day. There’s a saying, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” I can’t  stress the power of intentional scheduling. Structure your day, allocate specific time blocks for essential tasks, and watch your productivity soar. Your schedule is your compass – follow it.

Number 3… minimize distractions. In a world full of constant interruptions, focus is a superpower. Identify and eliminate all distractions. Whether it’s turning off notifications or creating a dedicated workspace, guard your time like a fortress. Your undivided attention is the fuel for meaningful progress.

Now here’s a golden nugget… Number 4… Learn to say ‘no.’ It’s not about being unavailable, but about being intentional. Saying ‘no’ to the non-essential opens the door to ‘yes’ for the truly impactful. Guard your time, and you’ll find the space for what truly matters.

Time is a currency; spend it wisely. Prioritize, schedule, minimize distractions, and embrace the power of ‘no.’ Own your time, don’t loan it. 

And remember… Ideas spark change; actions ignite it.

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Alex VanHaasteren

Senior Web Developer

Alex is YMC’s Senior Web Developer and, as the title suggests, she is an absolute pro! While she initially started in graphic design – working long and hard to expertly bring concepts to life – she also felt drawn to technology and applying her natural ability to problem solve. Web Development proved the perfect blend of her creative passion and technical savvy.

When Alex is out with friends – including her YMC colleagues – she’s up for Greek cuisine or some good pulled pork BBQ washed down with Diet Coke. Or an Old Fashioned, if the occasion demands. Someday, she hopes to go to Africa on a safari. Hopefully she’ll see a giraffe in the wild, because – as she’s pointed out – its neck is too short to reach the ground!

When she isn’t jamming out to T-Swift, she’s happy to impart some marketing words of wisdom, “Aim to create something unforgettable.” For day-to-day inspiration, she would remind you of two fundamental truths: You decide your happiness, and Ice cream is its own food group—not just a dessert.

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