Time — The most valuable asset

by ronatory

Photo Credit: Ondrej Supitar
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by DOGMA — which is living the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary. — Steve Jobs

A day has 24 hours. One third of it will be spent on sleeping. What about the other hours. Most people work for example 9 to 5 (a 40 hour workweek), so round another third of the hours left to do other stuff.

What’s the other stuff. Let’s say at least 98 minutes to 195 on the smartphone. Maybe you have a similar picture at moment in your mind.

Photo Credit: Esther Vargas

What to do with the remaining time? Assume 6,5 hours remain of the day, to do things which you love to do, maybe it’s watching tv, play a game or take some time with friends or family.

We have reached a point where a working day ends. What about the weekend. Maybe you have 16 more hours than in the workweek. So what to do with these 16 hours more. Maybe, sleep it off because it’s the weekend or use them to travel at the weekend.

I think at this point some of you think, that you need more time to get things done or to do things which you love to do.

The fact is, no matter what you have done a week, the time you spend on something or with someone is gone. You don’t need more time, you just need to decide how you use it wisely.

Here some tips how you make the most of your time?

  • Use tools like Evernote or Trello to plan or Get Things Done
  • Wake up early at the same time for example 6:30, also at the weekend. Trying to “catch up” on sleep on the weekends can completely wreck your natural cycles can kill your productivity when the week starts back.
  • Stay focus. Don’t get distracted by everything that is shiny around you. Think about your smartphone. Put it on air plane mode if you want really stay 100% focus on a task. Only a vibration can already distracted you.
  • Read a book or listen to an audiobook while you are waiting for something or someone. There are services like audible or listen to podcasts about your favorite interest.
  • Delegate. For tasks you don’t like or are simply bad at, consider delegating or even hiring someone to do them.
  • Say “No”. Guard your time wisely. Say no to things that don’t align with your values or interests or that you know will bring more stress than reward.
  • Don’t waste your time on watching tv…

Keep in mind many things like money are renewable. Time is not. When it’s gone, it’s gone forever.