How Are You Spending Your Time?
A Day is the Same Length of Time for Everyone. What are You Doing with Yours?
“Time waits for no man”. Unknown
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“Time is money.” Benjamin Franklin
All the above quotes convey the same message about time, howbeit in different ways. And that is: Time is the most valuable resource we have.
And indeed, time is precious. But too often we take for granted the time we have been given. We wake up in the morning and go about our day. And we rarely give a thought to the fact that our next minutes or hours could be our last. I don’t mean to be morbid, but the truth is we aren’t guaranteed another day or even hour.
So . . . how well are you doing with spending your time wisely?
It’s kind of a sobering thought isn’t it?
And how much of our time is wasted on work that doesn’t fulfill and pleasures that don’t satisfy? Perhaps this is the impetus behind the FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) movement. Those who are actively seeking FIRE have realized that their time is valuable. And they would much rather spend it furthering their own interests than those of corporate America. But what about the rest of us? What are we spending our time pursuing?
If you’re not pursuing FIRE, what are you spending your time doing?
When you think about your day, how much of it is spent in fulfilling pursuits? Or are you trudging through each day because you have bills and debts to pay? You spend 8 hours working a soul-sucking job. At least an hour per day driving through traffic to get to that job. All to pay for the car you’re driving, and the house that you barely spend any time living in.
If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Nearly two thirds of all working Americans feel disengaged at work according to this CBSNews article.
And even though “disengaged” doesn’t quite sound like “hate”, it’s not that far off. Why put yourself through that torture? Do you have a motivating “why”, or are you just going through the motions in life? ***whispers, “Are you a zombie?”***
Nine hours a day doing something you hate only leaves fifteen hours for other things, and you have to sleep sometimes. Maybe you do feel like a zombie at times. There is always the weekend too. But it seems to always come around too slow and be gone too fast. Remember: “Time waits for no man.”
So what are you spending your time on? You certainly don’t want your whole life to happen just like that last paragraph. Work all day, sleep all night – for your whole life. It’ll be gone before you know it.
What I’m saying may seem foreign to you. Maybe you’ve never thought about it before. But pursue something, anything! Don’t just waste your time.
Work towards Freedom, Don’t Just Work.
I would suggest that even if you don’t have a concrete goal in mind, at least work towards freedom. Freedom in the sense of not needing a particular job just to make ends meet. That means becoming financially independent.
I understand that neither you nor I can just up and quit our jobs today. We still do have bills to pay after-all. But you can’t look at your work as wasting time if you’re striving for financial independence. It becomes profitable and necessary with the right reason behind it.
Devote your time at work to that pursuit. If needed, make a career change to enable more income potential or perhaps a more “engaging” environment.
For the rest of your time, fill it with meaningful activities. Spend time with family. Build relationships. Explore and expand your faith. Over the last couple years, I have been able to build a deeper faith and stronger relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and that has only grown the older (and wiser) I get. These are the things that matter and will last.Make your work count for something. Work towards Freedom or FIRE, don't just work!! Click To Tweet
Value Yourself and Your Time
Whether you think so or not, your time is valuable. So treat it that way. Evaluate the things that you do and determine whether or not they are worthy to be in your schedule or routine.
And remember that time is precious because we only get a specific amount of it. And once it’s gone, we can’t ever get it back.
As I think back over what I can remember of my thirty-five years of life, I wonder how much of my time was wasted. What could I have done differently? I also think about the fact that none of us are perfect, and we’re only human after-all. But it does serve as a good reminder to spend your time wisely.
And while this post may come off as a little preachy, just know that this article is directed to myself as well as all of you. I know I could certainly spend my time better. I would like to be able to devote more time to this blog. I’d also like to spend more time with family and friends.
What about you? Are you happy with the way you’re spending your time? What would you change?
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