“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” – Henry David Thoreau
Over the last couple of weeks we have talked about people and tasks that drain our energy and consume our time. Of all the resources on the planet, time is by far the most precious and it is one thing we cannot get back. Being aware of the things that take away our time and the things that add value to our time is imperative.
I was at a point in my life where I was frustrated and couldn’t find enough time to complete the things I needed to get done. Many can relate, when the feeling of too little time hits, the stress rises in most other aspects of life. A coach of mine challenged to complete a log of my time for two weeks, the log accounted for each hour of my awaken day, what task I was doing, and how much time I was spending on each task.
Upon completion of the two week challenge I was astounded by the results. At the end of my days I would shut down and relax in front of the television. I did this every night without thinking much about it. What I realized while keeping my log was that I was spending four hours of my night in front of the television. Four hours?! I was shocked to see how much time I was wasting. If I wanted to use my time more productively, something had to change. Mind you, I didn’t give up my down time completely. Instead I decided to use two of the four hours more productively, such as doing some reading and writing.
Up to this point, I had been working on my first book, “Win on Purpose, Finding a Better Way and Sharing it!” for two years. After making the decision to use my time more wisely I was able to complete my book in three months! Being cognizant of my time has proven its value.
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