Value Your Time (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 58)
“I always have said that the most valuable thing I have isn’t money; it’s my time.”
— Chris Paul
One of the greatest asset we have in life is time. And we always seem to be running out of it. Like a plane, time takes on wings and flies away when we think we need it most. Wondering where all the time we thought we had has gone is a common activity which also aids in diminishing time. Everything we want to gain in life will be acquired in time. You may say that you value time, but do you really? Do your actions and conversations support your belief.
Until we learn to value time above all else, we will continue to have less of it and be less productive. When we don’t value our time, we set the example for other people not to value our time either. Whether we know it or not, when we don’t see time as an asset, we can be manipulated into wasting time on meaningless conversations, foolish behaviors, and mindless habits. Some people say “time is money”. That is not true. Money can be accumulated and spent whenever and wherever you choose. Time, on the other hand, is being depleted at a fast rate. We can save money; we cannot save time.
Learn to recognize patterns in your life and in the life of the people around you through which you are wasting time. Do you indulge in conversations that are ultimately useless? Does you behavior add any value to your life and to the life of the people around you? How you act and what you say does have an impact. If you aren’t improving your own life or someone else’s life, think about setting limits to manage your time better and value your time more.
If we valued time like we value money, don’t you think we would gain more, be more, and do more? We wouldn’t let people steal our money, and so it should be the same with time. Wasting time is also wasting life. Think about signals people send to you and those you send to others. Are you telling others by your behavior that your time isn’t valuable? If you are, that is how you will be treated.
When we set limits and acknowledge that our experiences and conversations are not much use to ourselves or to others, we will begin to see our time behind new lens. You don’t have to say yes to everything. You don’t have to engage in every conversation that opens up. It is perfectly alright for you not to be reachable at times, and to shut out the interruptions. If you learn to value your time, others will also value your time, and you will be more productive in life.
“The most valuable thing that anyone will ever give you is their time. Not their money. Remember that.”
— Colin Cunningham