HOW DO YOU SPEND THE ONE THING YOU CAN NEVER GET BACK?
time | tīm | noun: the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole: Travel through space and time. One of the greatest wits of all time.
rel·a·tive | ‘relədiv | adjective: considered in relation or in proportion to something else: the relative effectiveness of the various mechanisms is not known. Existing or possessing a specified characteristic only in comparison to something else; not absolute: She went down the steps into the relative darkness of the dining room. The companies are relative newcomers to computers.
TIME IS THE MOST USED WORD IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
We’re living in a crazy time. Time is money. There’s never enough time in a day. Where has the time gone? Time flies. I have too much time on my hands. Just in time. Downtime. Spare time. A race against time. Hardly have time to breathe. Make up for lost time. Make good time. I don’t have time for that. That’ll take too much time.
See what I mean?
We’re busy yet bored at the same time.
We have big dreams and aspirations, yet feel like we don’t have enough time to get it all done while wasting hours watching TV or scrolling social media. Our negative habits outweigh our desires. Surface-level to-do lists keep us busy without intention. Societal expectations hold us hostage in a time warp.
Days, weeks, months, and years slip away in the blink of an eye without realizing that while we were busy we forgot to live out our greatest dreams.
Let’s take a moment and get honest with ourselves. Let’s bring awareness to where we’re actually spending our time in comparison to what’s really important in our lives. Do you want to build a business? How much time are you spending on that? Do you want to spend more time with your kids? Where can find a couple of extra hours in a day? Can you give up something? Shift things around? Get up an hour earlier? Stay up an hour later?
WE ALL HAVE THE SAME 168 HOURS IN A WEEK
Why is it then that some people become New York Times best-selling authors, presidents, and CEOs while others remain in hourly jobs while unhappy and dreaming of a different life?
Side note: success looks different for each and every one of us—some of us want a simple life with the freedom to choose our own work hours and spend more time with our kids, while some of us want to be billionaires. What does success look like for YOU and only YOU? This article is a reminder that we create our own lives, time is often used as an excuse, and if you’re living a life that’s not bringing you happiness and joy it’s time to reassess and make changes now rather than later.
Have you ever stopped to look at where and on what you actually spend your time? Let’s do that now so we can most of the rest of our lives. The three keys to success are good habits, focusing on the things that matter most to you, and enjoying the journey. Let’s make a commitment to only spend our time on those three things.
Time is the greatest investment in our lives. What will you invest in?
For the next week, keep track of where you spend your time, evaluate, and make changes as you see fit.
Hours spent working: _________
Hours spent commuting: _________
Hours spent exercising: _________
Hours spent eating: _________
Hours spent cleaning: _________
Hours spent sleeping: _________
Hours spent with family: _________
Hours spent on a hobby: _________
Hours spent on education: _________
Hours spent relaxing: _________
Creating your life takes intention and energy on your part. There’s no other way around it. You can’t blame anyone else but yourself for the life you’ve created. Be intentional in creating a life you love that brings you happiness and joy no matter what that looks like for you.
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