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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!
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    Great blog!

    2111 days ago
    Great blog and something to remember as I sit on the computer for hours at a time. But at least when I'm on SP I'm learning and sharing so not time is lost, it's stored in my memory bank.
    2111 days ago
    Working on this!!
    2111 days ago
    Great blog. But I will admit my mind started to wander when I thought about the seconds as dollars. I know time is valuable, but wooooah that's a lot of money!
    I agree about prioritizing fitness -- last night I had plans to go to an event, which I did, but a friend wanted to get dinner beforehand and I declined because I wanted to squeeze in a workout beforehand. Small victories!
    2112 days ago
    Our lives can be so rich when we use our time well. Thanks for these inspiring thoughts!
    2112 days ago
  • DRPOOH63
    Great blog. Great reminder. Thanks for sharing
    2112 days ago
    Use time wisely so that we can completed tasks in those precious seconds, so that we can avoid stress, to be much healthier in mind and pyhsical :D

    I like those 6 Terrific Truths about Time!
    2112 days ago
    interesting, if you can do it. time thieves abound: like work, and family, and electro/mechanical devices, computers, cell phones, traffic, some guy who's going to the same place as you only he's going slower than you want and he's in front of you, doctors, life as it is lived. but time management is a worthwhile goal.
    2112 days ago
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