Today is a watershed day for me. It is exactly 20 years to the day that I lost my Dad. Until now, I had known him for more years than I had not known him, but today that changed.
It made me realise even more acutely than usual, that our time here is limited and so we should spend it the way we want to and not the way we ought to, should do or must do.
"and right now all you have is time time time yeah,
but someday that time will run out.
That’s the only thing you can be absolutely certain about."
It makes me realise that I need to make time for those things which bring me joy but I 'don't have time for'. My life is not going to get less busy any time soon (and if it did, I would just find new things to do anyway), so that means I need to eke out those extra little bits of time here and there for my many interests!
The Currency of Time
We talk about 'spending' time, 'saving' time, 'giving' time, taking time over things. It seems to me that nowadays time, (along with money) is one of our most precious commodities. For me there are never enough hours in the day, I always want to do the things I enjoy for longer and feel as though I have only just got started...!
Pushed for Time
- Do you ever find yourself wanting to do things you love, but are unable to find the time for?
- Do you have your weekends, holidays and time-off booked up months in advance?
- Do you ever feel like you are running on a treadmill and are unable to stop?
I have felt some of these things at times, and one thing is for sure, there is a finite amount of time in a day. Despite the size of my workload or pre-agreed committments, I can't create time where there isn't any. So I need to rearrange/reconsider/recalculate/juggle/come up with some new ideas. So with that in mind, here are my
Top Ten Tips for Spending your Time (More) Wisely
1. Decide what you have to do - Work to pay the bills, eat, feed family, sleep... e.t.c.
2. Decide what you would love to do (if you had the time).
3. Decide what can go, be done by some other means, done by someone else (delegate or employ someone to do it)?
4. Find out where you are wasting time - (internet browsing, watching bad t.v...) Claw back time from those places.
5. Find empty blocks of time and find ways to utilise those e.g. Carry a book/tablet with you for trains, tubes, waiting rooms, use your diary/Outlook /calendar to plan and check off regularly.
6. Giving time - When you decide to give your time to others, give it freely and feel good about it, otherwise don't do it.
7. Taking others' time - respect other people's time. They are choosing to give it to you, so be on time and be mindful of how much of it you are taking. Think about what you can give back.
8. Stop and notice what is around you. Appreciate the place and time that you are in. Each moment is unique and won't be the same again!
9. Make the most of your time. Rather than dwelling in negativity, learn from your mistakes. If there are no mistakes and it is all just feedback, what can you do differently?
10. Time is elastic - sometimes it drags and sometimes it rushes by. Manipulate time to feel like it's going slower by packing more short tasks or activities into a day - but being mindful of what you are doing and doing things you enjoy. Get rid of the things you don't enjoy (see numbers 3 & 4) and start living the life you want.
Our time here is limited! What are you going to do with yours?
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