You only have a certain amount of time and it’s gone
Updated: Dec 13, 2022
TIME ~ 𝐒𝐡𝐞’𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬, 𝐨𝐡 𝐬𝐨 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬.
How you view time & how you place your time defines your life.
You only have a certain amount of time + it’s gone. Once it's gone, it’s gone. There's no saving an hour from today for tomorrow or next week. You cannot bank your un-used time.
You can make more money, you can save money. You can spend some today, save the rest for tomorrow or next week. You can bank your money. You can’t make more time.
Get clear on how you want to spend your time. Place more value on the hours + minutes in your day & what you spend your time doing + who you spend it with.
The question I've been asking myself lately is "if I had to pay money to spend my time doing this activity, being with that person, having this conversation, going to that meeting, watching that show on Netflix, how much money would I pay?"
If it's only a $1 or $2, is it really that valuable + meaningful to you? Does it make you more productive, is it an effective use of your time, does it bring you closer to your goals. If the answer if no, take it out. We often waste time on activities that don't support us + move us closer to our goals.
The process shouldn't be any different to the consideration process when we make a purchase. A car? A house? That fabulous shirt + short set, you've just eyed off. Each of us has our own process we work through before buying, especially those more larger + significant items. We assess the options available, that work within our price \ price range, we evaluate them against our needs + desires at the time + make a purchase based on those needs being met (as best as possible) + the value we see.
Look at your calendar for tomorrow, run through the items, tasks, meetings, people you have scheduled, ask yourself how much would you pay to spend that time doing that activity?
I've implemented 3 things recently into my weekly planning + execution.
1. Throw out the 'to do list'
My big fat to do list was fast becoming overwhelming, paralysing in fact. I allocate a time in the day \ week to each item. On a Sunday evening I glance at my week, adjust as needed (there are always adjustments, fluidity is key) and set about my week. For me, this brings clarity + efficiency.
2. Sprinkle more joy into your day +week
Hey, if time is precious, then I'm popping more of the things I love into my time. Spend time with people who make you laugh, make you smarter and listen with an open heart. Make time for movement, for cuddles with your kids, your parents, your loved ones. For me, this is about brining more joy, move love, more laughter.
3. Learn to say no...
An important question to ask yourself is "How do I feel about how I'm spending my time?" If how you're spending your time feels meaningful and enjoyable, great. If not, then think about how you can do it differently, or if you even need to be doing it at all. Saying no is an important boundary because it gives you control of your time and energy.
Use your time valuably.
Be time conscious.
With love + gratitude,
'Be soulful. Be Kind. Be in love' ~ Rumi