Time is one of the most valuable assets we have. It’s short, can end abruptly and we’re never getting it back.
Or as Jim Morrison famously wrote: “The future is uncertain and the end is always near.”
Here are some thoughts on spending it wisely.
- All you really have is now. Try to be as present as possible. To help with this, practice meditation.
- The past is a lonely place. Learn from it but don’t dwell there long. Regret is an unconstructive emotion. Decide to look ahead and take a positive step forward.
- The future is the land of dreams and plans. Visit occasionally, but like the past, don’t get seduced to stay. Take action. The clock is ticking.
- Pay close attention to the people, activities, and emotions that fill your time. Don’t squander your time with people you don’t want to be with, doing things you don’t want to do, experiencing emotions you don’t want to feel. Just say no.
- One of the greatest time commitments you’ll make is work. Think carefully about what work you want to do and why you want to do it. Seek meaningful work.
- If possible, try to avoid selling your time. This is especially important if you don’t enjoy the work you do or are trying to maximise your earning potential (see thoughts on Money).
- It’s easy to over-estimate what can be achieved in a short period of time, yet under-estimate what’s possible over a longer period. Effort sustained over time, compounds. Stick with the things you value – you’ll be amazed at how much you can achieve over longer timeframes.
- The body gets older faster than the mind. Most 50-year-olds still think they’re in their twenties. Take care of your body by watching what you consume, exercising regularly, prioritising sleep and avoiding stress.
- Take time to slow down. Look around you, observe the wind, trees and clouds. Watch life passing by. Isn’t it beautiful?