Your time is a valuable currency. People want more of it – a common thread around the world. But do we wish we had more of it or that we spent it differently? It’s a stressor – we are late, haven’t finished our assignment for work, left the chicken in the oven too long. Time runs our lives. You can choose to use those minutes well or feel sorry you haven’t accomplished what you wanted to. I suggest getting a watch.
Don’t Be Wasteful: If you are in a job that frustrates you, stop wasting your time there. No free time to accomplish what you are passionate about? Stop scrolling on social media when you could be tackling what really counts. Don’t throw away minutes of a conversation with gossip and negativity. Make use of the time you have and you won’t be sorry when you look back.
Give Yourself More: You can’t add hours to the day, but you can give yourself more grace. This age of immediacy has warped our sense of how long something should take. Unfortunately, we don’t master a new skill overnight and we don’t lose weight in two days. Planning for a lifestyle change should include extra time to make it happen. Wake up earlier if need be. Underestimating the time you need leads to frustration and disappointment when your goal stretches beyond.
Don’t Blame Others: You dictate how your time is used – don’t point fingers when you’re disappointed with what you accomplished yesterday. It’s no one else’s fault. You want your time used differently? Make a change. Push through the discomfort of building a new habit. Find an accountability partner to keep you on track. Don’t push your disappointments on others – it’s all up to you.
Don’t let your memories look like an Salvador Dalí painting – clocks melting your minutes away. Be proud of how you spend your time. If you are unhappy with how it’s currently spent, what is stopping you from changing it? Give yourself the grace to figure it out, but don’t waste your precious currency on something you don’t want to be investing in.