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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

NO TIME TO LOSE: MAKING EVERY MINUTE COUNT

A few days ago I had a minor RFO (red-faced outburst) on this blog about unconscious people wasting my time. (Well, spending their time in a way which causes me to pass my time in a way other than I choose.)  Which then got me to looking at the way I was spending my current weekend and thinking about how I want to use my time generally.

We have a finite number of minutes on earth, a statistical 3 score years and 12, maybe some more, maybe fewer, but finite they are.  Once they are used up, that's it.  No prospect of bargaining or begging for more, no prospect of spending more time with loved ones, completing unfinished projects, writing unwritten books, building monuments, leaving legacies or even cleaning out the garage.  When it's closing time, it's time.

We also have no way of knowing when closing time will be, because the vagaries of Life allow us to do some planning, but ultimately Life will have its way with us.  As I've quoted before: "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans".

So when you're sitting in traffic, or lying around watching sport, drinking beer in the sun or procrastinating on a project with some other distraction, you need to ask yourself a few questions:

  • Does what I am doing at this moment align with any conscious purpose of mine?
  • When I look back on my life, will I consider this time to have been well spent?
  • How can I spend this time more productively and more meaningfully?
This is not an invitation to make up huge lists of things to do and knock them off, one after another.  Meaningful time spend can be dealing with things-to-do lists, but it can equally be travelling to places you hanker after, time spent with the family or genuine rest time, if that is what is needed.  

However, this is an invitation to take note that your time is limited and when you run out of it one day, I would hate you to look back with regret and think about how much more time you would have loved to have spent with your children or otherwise engaging with your life, rather than stalking people on Facebook.

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