Thursday, August 09, 2012
If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400—with no balance carried from day to day—what would you do? Well, you do have such a bank... time.
Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as "lost" whatever you have failed to use toward good purposes. It carries over no balances and allows no overdrafts. You can't hoard it, save it, store it, loan it, or invest it. You can only use it.
Here are six terrific truths about time:
• First: Nobody can manage time, but you can manage those things that take up your time.
• Second: Time is expensive. As a matter of fact, 80 percent of our day is spent on those things or those people that only bring us two percent of our results.
• Third: Time is perishable. It cannot be saved for later use.
• Fourth: Time is measurable. Everybody has the same amount of time... pauper or king. It is not how much time you have; it is how much you use.
• Fifth: Time is irreplaceable. We never make back time once it is gone.
• Sixth: Time is a priority. You have enough time for anything in the world, so long as it ranks high enough among your priorities.
- Excerpt from First Thing Every Morning by Lewis Timberlake
Time is definitely something that I think every single one of us could treat with more respect. Every one of these points is true. We are capable of managing what takes up our time. We may not be able to control time but we are capable of using it in valuable ways. It's a matter of making the most of time, prioritizing how we will spend it.
I vow to continue to prioritize my time for fitness. This includes time spent preparing healthy meals, so that I can save both money and calories spent on eating out. I will make fitness, not cat naps on my couch, a priority in the afternoons.
I vow to make the best use of my time so that I can enjoy the things I love to do. I don't feel too busy if I prioritize well. I will say 'No' when I'm not up for an outing with friends. Say 'Yes' to relaxing at home, enjoying new adventures on my own, making plans that make me happy. Whatever those may be.
I vow to remember that above all, this is a reminder to live in the moment. I will not throw caution to the wind and act rashly or dangerously - that goes against using my time well. But I will seek adventure. I will not let fear hold me back from using my time in a new way. I will remember that if I do not cash in my time for today, I won't get to use it ever again.
Time well spent can tip the scales so far in your favor on whatever journey you may be on. Happiness and reaching your goals is just around the corner, if you'll make time for it. Just ask yourself, is it worth the time? If so, then make it happen. It's within your grasp!