Reclaiming My life: Time

The sands of time seem to fall unknowingly through the gaps in our fingers. When we look to see how much we have left, to our surprise, we find that only a few grains sit mockingly in the palm of our hand. As I wake up each morning and grab my handful of allotted time for the day, it seems that I’ve dropped quite a bit in my attempt to fill my satchel. Every evening I sit back and realize that once again time eluded my grasp.

If I were to be honest with myself I would notice that there are two reasons why my time seems to vanish.

  1. I tend to treat my time like a farmer feeding the hens. One handful at a time I scatter it, only for it to be eaten up by someone else.
  2. Generally, people will walk around with scoopers in their hands ready to help themselves to your satchel of time.

No More Wasted Time

“Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.” 
Jean de La Bruyère, Les Caractères

It never fails. At the end of the day both my complaint about how little time I have and my vow to never let it escape me again are habitual. In fact, I suffer anxiety because of how much I don’t get done. The clarity of hindsight as taught me something. The main reason why so few of the things I want to do go undone is because I waste more time than I care to admit. I often tell my students that choosing one thing is choosing not to do another. Every choice comes with consequences, sometimes those consequences are less noticeable. You know what I mean, before you know it, you are laying in bed thinking about all of the things you want to do but never acheive.

The solution. Prioritize your time. First of all, you need to prioritize your life. Once you’ve done that take the time to plan out your week. Planning and assigning time to your day for each requirement will allow you to be more efficient. One thing that I’ve seen be beneficial to many people in my circle is what is called the “Ideal Week.” This is a concept discussed by Michael Hyatt (click here) and it is absolutely a great option to reclaiming your time and avoid wasting any. It will be amazing to see how much time and freedom you have to get to the things that really matter once you’ve reclaimed control of where you time is spent.

Protect Your Time

“Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.” 
Greg McKeown, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

If you are not in control of where you time is going, other people will take as much o fit as they can get. I can’t tell you how many times I realized that the time to be prioritized for the people I care about the most got so little of my time because I allowed others to dip into my satchel and take my time from my family. Most people aren’t maliciously trying sabotage your life, but if you don’t prioritize it, they sure will.

Putting boundaries in place is absolutely essential for protecting your time. Protecting your time is essential for reclaiming your life. When you are the one dictating where you time is going, you will be free to devote more time to the things that matter most. One thing I refuse to do, is look back at my life and regret never having gained control of what my family needs most of me, and that is my time.

Everything needs time. Fitness, family, and work are just a few areas that we need to place time, so being in control of your time will help you make the most of what time you have on this earth. Don’t waste another minute wondering where your time is going, take control. It’s time to reclaim your life and take back ownership of the time given to you.