The one commodity that is finite and no more is being made is time. There will always be 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, 52 weeks in a year. Year in year out, the same amount of time is available for each of us. Whether you are a billionaire or pauper we all have finite time on earth and all our days are the same length. To give one salutary thought, the average person has 30,000 days on earth – how many have you used already? How will you make the most of those that are left?
How does time effect us?
How we choose to spend our time is where the differentials come between us. Some will want to party, some work, some sleep, some drift – of course a combination makes for a balanced life! The ratio is what makes the difference.
How do you value your time? How do you make the most of your time? How do you achieve a work life balance when you have many drains on your time. The successful people seem to glide through their days. Like a professional sportsman at the top of their game in soccer, basketball, hockey, whatever; they seem to have more time than others to assess and make their play.
Make the most of your time
Getting value from every second of your time is one way to live without regret. Obviously, it is personal choice how you want to spend your time but there is a lot of distraction in modern technology that is built in to waste our time. All of the social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc are all trying to reel you in for the advertising revenue. It is not about your network; it is not about your friends and contacts (most of which you won’t have met!); it is about their advertising revenue. Of course, on line platforms provide a useful social function but make sure you take control of your time and don’t let Zuckerberg et al steal your time.
So the next time you grab your phone assess “is this my best use of time?” Allocate time and make sure you take control. There are ways to manage social media contact and to take control of your time. Why not make a log of the time you spend on social media, an accurate log, and then assess if that is time you want to spend on something else. There are many ways to ween off social media and taking effective steps. You don’t have to go “cold turkey”. Make sure you take ownership of your time.
Take back your time
One simple tip to gain time, if you find you don’t have time to read or want time to exercise, why not get up 30 minutes before you need to and read or exercise in that time. I started doing this 10 years ago and have read a huge amount of books I just wouldn’t have had the time to otherwise.
Your time on earth won’t be infinite and have you done all you want to do? If not why not just do it!