“Time is of the essence” as many people would say but what does this actually mean? To act quickly, there is not a lot of time that you are given in certain situations so you must act accordingly and fastly.
Using time to your advantage is a concept that not many people can relate to. It causes frustration and stress because, for some odd reason, everyone thinks that their time is more important than others. Although it is good to make the time a priority in your life, you should not be mad at the world for giving you the same 24 hours as everyone else.
It’s what you do with that time that will help you stand out. If we keep complaining about not having enough time then we will never be grateful for the time that we do have. The time that you have now may not be the amount that you want at this present moment but it’s something that is out of your control.
Like I said a few sentences ago, what’s in your control is what you do with that time. If you’re spending multiple hours watching t.v. every day and complain about not having enough time to get started at the gym then you are at fault. Not the universe, but you.
If you struggle with managing your time then you need to find more balance in your life. Maybe you’re using your time in the wrong places. Some of the things that you may need to sacrifice now may not be as important when looking back at them in the future.
How do you know when something isn't worth your time?
Ask yourself if it’s making you a better person or if it's helping to get things done more efficiently. Every afternoon I spend about five to ten minutes coming up with 10 different headlines for my blog posts. On some days I ask myself if it’s a waste of time but I soon come to realize that it isn’t. Not because it’s only five to ten minutes but because it’s helping me be more creative in times where I feel like I can’t.
Your Time Is Limited
There are 24 hours for everyone, your time is limited. When hearing “24 hours” from a young age, I thought to myself that it was a lot of time. I didn’t take into consideration the amount of that time I spent sleeping or getting ready for work. This mindset led me to believe that we didn’t have a lot of time in our day but the reality is that we still do have a lot of time.
A human does not need all 24 hours to be productive, a human only needs a few hours of consistent and focused work to accomplish most of their goals for the day. The more you remind yourself that your time is limited than the more careful you will be when using it.
You will be more thankful for this time because you won’t take it for granted anymore. Whenever you’re nervous about an upcoming job interview or you want to do something out of your comfort zone, keep this mindset in your head that time is limited.
Time is not only limited in a day but also in life. You never know when it will be your last minute here on Earth so you should do everything with full excitement and boldness. If you want a small life hack to anxiety then remember that tomorrow is not guaranteed. If anything, try to live every day like your last. Don’t do anything super crazy but live a little bit.
Do what is right and work towards your goals, live your day to day life as the person you want to be remembered for. Our legacy is all that is left of us once we leave Earth. We cannot talk to anybody when we’re gone nor can people see us. What do you want your legacy to be here once your gone, what impact do you want to be left on Earth?
Your time is limited and that should be enough motivation to keep you pushing towards your goals and aspirations.
Time Creates Opportunities
Use your time wisely, what you do with your time defines the type of person you are at the end of the day. This will be shown to you towards the end of the day when you’re getting ready for bed. Reflection is one of the products that time has to offer.
When you lay down at night and think about your day, you don’t want to have any regrets. You want to be happy with where your time and energy have gone throughout the day. Even if you spend most of your day at a job that you don’t particularly like, you will still reflect on what you did before, after, and during work.
What productive thing did you do before work?
Did you spend that one to two hours scrolling through social media and eating junk food or did you spend your time getting your mind right with meditation and making sure that your room is clean so that you don’t come back to more stress when you get off?
Time creates opportunities whether you believe it or not, opportunities don’t come from luck all of the time but from your personal mindset. If you’re unemployed, set out a few hours each day where you fill out applications and go to see some of the potential companies that you want to work for in-person. Doing this is a simple way of making an opportunity for yourself, the opportunity to get a job and make a good first impression on your future boss.
People who respect their time will be respected by others because those people know how hard it is to do that. Using time to create more opportunities for yourself can seem like a long process but when making a specific time slot to do things you're passionate about and do things that need to get done in your life in order to grow then the results will follow in the same organized fashion.
Make time for productivity as much you can because when you do you’ll never want to stop and you will be somebody creating and receiving opportunities left and right.
Are You Wasting Your Time Currently?
Where is your time going? Is it going into things that you actually enjoy and things that you want to do in the future? Having small daily goals will help you decide where you want to distribute your energy.
If you feel like you’re wasting your time currently then take a step back and look at what you’re doing wrong. Sometimes you’re not doing anything wrong but you’re missing something. There will be times where you feel like you may have too much time on your hands. Don’t stress yourself out about this but look at it as something positive.
Remember when you said you needed more time? Well, here it is and it is now up to you to figure where that time is going to go. When you do decide where that time is going, you should make sure that you’re happy with that decision. If you’re not happy with that decision then your time will feel like it’s being wasted and you won’t be motivated in the future to use it wisely.
Plan ahead by writing where your time is going to go the day before and remind yourself of that plan the next morning like with a journal or a phone.
Your time does matter and it should matter to you. Once your time is put into activities and projects that you actually enjoy then you will be more satisfied with your life. I’ll leave you with a quote from Roy T. Bennet that says
“Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.”