"The most precious resource we have is time" - Steve Jobs
Each and every single one of us has a finite amount of time. 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, 365 days in a year. Nothing more. Nothing less.
But then, why do we often misuse the time that we have, wasting it away on things we shouldn’t be doing?
You only get time once. Not twice. And that’s why time is so important.
Every moment is precious. If you’ve ever had someone close to you pass away, you already know that. But just knowing often isn’t enough.
Time should be regarded as a very precious resource: we should invest the time we have into doing productive things and activities, focusing on doing what is right for ourselves and others around us. That’s where our precious time should be placed.
Think about this for a second: there’s not better way to invest time than in building something great and extraordinary.
How to use your time wisely
What about starting by doing the things that you’ve been putting off for the longest, and do them first.
We waste time because we are creatures of habit. We would rather not deal with the pain associated with taking action today for fear of failure. What will the others think? What will they say when they see you try and not reach whatever goal you are trying to reach?
At the end of the day, other people's options of you don't matter. Everything is subjective, Believe in yourself!
Try to not engage in things that’ll make you feel negative or diminish your energy levels. Instead, direct the time towards good activities that will help you and others.
Life is short. Don’t waste it. Pursue your passions. Wake up feeling energetic and go out into the world and do something great. Add value. Give. Help. Contribute. Learn from others. And grow in the process. Become a better human.
And we are not talking about anything else than time here, not money or else. Just time.
For example, instead of watching one series after another, what about going out there and donate the same time to others. Do you know how good that will make you feel? Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be difficult but so rewarding!
How to select experiences that will really add value to your time
Most things you can replace, but one of the things which you simply can’t replace, is time.
Even though we know this, we fail to use the time we have wisely. We have more leisure time, but that is not how it feels: a high value is put on how we spend our working hours, but there's a low value on leisure.
Historically people have looked to acquire material possessions as they progress through life. But what we should really look to acquire are experiences if we want to have a successful and rich life.
James Wallman in his book ‘Time and How to Spend It: The 7 Rules for Richer, Happier Days’ explores the relationship between experience, resilience and success as well as experience, happiness and success. He states that societies are now more interested in well being than wealth so the pursuit of experiences makes sense.
But will just any experience do? No - they have to be selected carefully and Wallman gives us an acronym, a seven-point checklist, to use when we decide on our experiences.
Outside and offline
Status and significance
When you select an experience, you need to create a story. But not only! It also needs to be transformative. To push it further, Wallman advises that the experience should be outside and offline and should create relationships. Then he states that it should have intensity and be extraordinary – what would you have to tell then next day if the experience was just to lay on the beach and read a book hey? Last but not least, this experience should give you status and significance.
And remember... Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. - Rodin
Now time to take action....
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