Do you smell something burning? I do. It’s your time. As you read these words, moments are clicking by—moments that can never be replaced. Tick, tock, tick, tock, you can never stop the clock! By the time you finish this article—if you do—a few minutes of YOUR TIME would have been spent!
Isn’t it interesting how we use money terms for what’s most valuable? We won’t “sell” our souls. We can’t “buy back” the past. We owe someone a “debt” of gratitude. We “spend” time.
To spend something is to pay or give it out, and that’s what we do when we use, or misuse, our time. Time is either well spent, or time is wasted. Time either works for us, or time works against us. No matter what we do, we can never escape the control of time.
Your Concept of Time Changes… with Time!
Your view of time changes as you grow older. When you’re a toddler, you have no concept of time. If you break something, your mother didn’t threaten you with, “Wait until your father gets home!” By the time your father got home, your two year-old mind would’ve long forgotten the incident
But when you’re a teenager, that threat has some force to it. You’ll be dreading the moment your father walks through the door. That’s because you understand time, and that’s a mark of maturity.
Living on Teenage Time!
The problem is that we don’t advance much beyond a teenage conception of time. Teenagers waste time with television and video games. I meet too many adults that are not much different.
They burn time like it’s Monopoly money, and don’t bother taking account of how much time they’re spending on things that don’t improve their lives. I’m not talking about taking time for rest and recreation. We need that. I’m talking about wasting huge amounts of time in front of the television or something other time-eating activity.
Time’s Reward is More Time
Time can’t be replaced, and the question you need to constantly ask yourself is, “Am I making the best use of my time?” If you don’t do this, you’re heading down a long road to regret, and regret is “sorrow for loss.” In this case, it’s sorrow for lost time.
However, if you’ll start to make better use of your time, then time will start working for you. Eventually, time will even reward with “more time!”
The better use you make of your time will mean your future will be streamlined and prepared for. That makes things easier, which means you spend less time and energy on emergencies and hinderances created by a lack of planning and a poor use of time.
The Shock of Your Life!
There’s a lot of truth to the statement that “time is money.” That’s what you exchange with your employer each week for your paycheck. You give him or her your time, and they give you money. The question is whether it’s “worth” (another money term!) your time.
It all comes down to time and how you spend yours, so if I were you, I’d start keeping track of my time. One of the best exercises I ever did was to spend a week writing down everything I did with my time. If I woke up at 7:00 am, I wrote it down. If it took me until 7:45 am to eat and shower, I wrote that down.
If I watched television, I wrote that down as well. I kept a log of everything I did with my time for one week and then added up the hours. I was shocked.
There was so much wasted time—hours worth of wasted time. Then I multiplied the hours of wasted time for one week by 52, and I was even more shocked. Over 1,500 hours worth of wasted time!
Now, I did that exercise some 20 years ago, so I learned my lesson, but the point never escapes me. I still am aware of time and how I spend it. Are you? Are you keeping track of the time you’re spending? How much is your time worth to you?