Make time for the important people in your life. ⏰👩🗓️

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It doesn't matter if you want to be a good leader, parent, friend, or neighbor. If you want to be someone who makes a difference, there is one simple rule you must follow. Always make time for people.

That’s it.

The digital age has taken a toll on relationships.

The promise of less work was replaced by “always on” and real world friends have given way to social media “likes.”

It’s so easy to get so caught up in things that you miss family dinners, girl’s nights out, and all those things you used to do on your days off.

It’s not your fault. Or at least it’s not completely your fault.

The good news is you can fix it without too much effort.

I’m serious.

You don’t even have to carve out large chunks of time in your schedule.

All it takes is a little intention and a willingness to step away from the keyboard.

Be the person who asks how someone’s day went.

It only takes five minutes to celebrate a win or commiserate a loss.

That five minutes isn’t much in the scheme of your productivity, but means the world to them.

If you have kids, set aside time in your schedule for family activities.

The same goes for parents, siblings, and friends.

In case you’re wondering, you are one of the important people in your life. — The most important.

It’s okay to schedule time to do something just for you.

It can be anything.

Read a book, take up a new hobby or rediscover an old one.

I went back to blocking off an hour a day to work out.

It wasn’t always the same hour each day, but I committed to putting myself on the schedule and was stunned by the results. Not only did I get healthy, I discovered that the world doesn’t end if I make time for myself.

Life isn’t fair. Deals fall through, opportunity doesn’t always knock, and bad things happen to good people.

We may not control everything, but there is one thing we can do to make a difference to ourselves and the people around us.

Make time for the important people in our lives.