It’s all too easy to say ‘I’ll get around to that when I have more time’, isn’t it?
Time is the inexplicable raw material of everything. With it, all is possible; without it, nothing.
The supply of time is truly a daily miracle.
You wake up in the morning and your purse is magically filled with 24 hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life!
It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions.
No one can take it from you. It is unstealable and no one receives either more or less than you receive.
You can only waste the passing moment. You cannot waste tomorrow; it is kept for you. You cannot waste the next hour; it is kept for you.
A dictionary definition of time is: the point or period at which things occur.
Simply put, time is when stuff happens!
Psychologists generally agree that a sense of control is the key to feelings of happiness, confidence, power and personal wellbeing.
You have to live on this 24 hours of daily time. Out of it you have to spin health, pleasure, money, content, respect, and the evolution of your immortal soul. Its right use, its most effective use, is a matter of the highest urgency. Everything depends on that.
Your happiness – the elusive prize that you are clutching for, my friend! – depends on that.
The supply of time, though gloriously regular, is cruelly restricted.
Which of us lives on 24 hours a day? And when I say ‘lives’, I don’t mean exists or muddles through.
Which of us is free from that uneasy feeling that the ‘great spending departments’ of her daily life are not managed as they ought to be?
Which of us is not saying to herself – and us has not been saying to herself all her life – “I’ll alter that when I have more time”?
But we’ll never have more time. We have, and have always had, all the time that there is.
Real time versus clock time
Heard of the saying ‘time flies when you’re having fun’? Well, there’s some truth to this.
In clock time, there are 60 seconds in every minute, 60 minutes in every hour, 24 hours in every day and 365 days in every year (and one extra in a leap year). And all time passes equally.
In real time, all time is relative depending on what you’re doing.
Enjoying what you’re doing, chances are you will feel time passes quickly. Conversely, not enjoying what you’re doing, chances are time passes slowly.
Top tips for time management
- Plan your day every morning – or even the night before.
- Carry a schedule and record all your thoughts, conversations and activities for a week. This will help you see just where your precious time is going.
- Manage interruptions by putting a Do Not Disturb sign on your door, switching your phone to voicemail and turning off your social media.
- Be in control of your email. Check first thing in the morning and at scheduled points throughout the day.
Your ability to set yourself clear and accurate priorities on your time really does determine the entire quality of your life and business.
Time management can often be about making fairly small adjustments to your daily routine. It’s time to take back control…
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‘How to Live on 24 hours a Day’ (1910) – an article by Arnold Bennett, part of a larger work called How to Live.