Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE
Our greatest resource is our time. The thing about time is that it finally runs out. Whether it’s 30 years or 60 years that you’ve got left, one day, your time will finally run out. All that will remain is the difference you made. So be conscious of time. Use it wisely. Today is not a rehearsal for tomorrow. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone for ever.
Another thing about time is that it is not lost. You are living it. Our time is our life. If you waste your time, you waste your life. What ever you choose to do today, know that you are exchanging a day of your life for it. To achieve your life goals, you will need to become a master of your time management. The line between success and failure is often found in the five words, ‘I did not have time,’ which really means, ‘I did not make time.’ We all have the same number of minutes in an hour that Leonardo da Vinci, Mother Theresa or Thomas Jefferson had.
Make a decision to use your time for what is important to you. Never postpose what is important. Don’t waste your time on tasks that are inessential to your life goals. When you are faced with a number of tasks that all seem important, why not invite prioritisation into the equation.
Prioritisation will help you to ensure that tasks or activities that are truly important – essential for the achievement of your life goals are not sacrificed for the urgents – tasks such as email, texts or voicemail. With the urgents, we are often at the mercy of happenstance, because they wave themselves in front of us, so they are not easy to miss, whilst the important, are not always obvious.
The important requires us to be perceptive, to be disciplined and to be committed for the longer term. They also carry an element of risk. We are consistently figuring out what is required to achieve them, how to achieve them and why we want to achieve them. Unlike the urgents, which are relatively easy to achieve, leaving us with a rush of instant gratification, the rewards of the important takes time to show.
Ultimately, those who exchange their time for tasks that are in their important box achieve their life goals, and those who exchange their time for the urgents and instant gratification tend to run out of time to do what really matters. Sadly, once time is gone, it’s gone for good. Take some time to become really clear internally about what is important to you and commit enough time to them daily.
And don’t forget to make time in your life for family, friendship, love, fun, adventure and relaxation.
Have a lovely week,