“Until I am measured, I am not known, yet how you miss me when I have flown.”
– our most valuable resource, time.
Time, how you approach and manage it, is the keystone of your capacity to be effective.
Time Dictates Everything
The moment a terminally ill patient hears their unfortunate diagnosis, what question overwhelms their thoughts with such strength and emotion that it almost bursts through their lips? Is it “how much money do I have? How much love do I have? How much energy do I have?” This all becomes secondary to the crucial question, “how much TIME do I have?” The answer to which dictates all choices thereon.
Time Is Unlike All Other Resources
Time available is not a choice; we cannot add more or take any away. Everything else IS a choice. We choose to; open or close the door to love, to spend or save money, to rest or burn energy. Not with time, however. 24hours will come and go every day for the rest of our lives; no more and no less. It’s not our decision. We can only decide how to spend those 24hours.
Time is the only resource that:
- is in equal quantity for everyone,
- is required for everything and
- cannot be changed, traded, or manufactured.
You cannot buy time from another. You cannot trade time with another. Whatever you do, you will never enter a day consisting of 23 or 25 hours.
Despite this, time is the resource we appear most comfortable wasting.
To operate effectively through the course of each day, week, year, one must learn to value time above any other resource.
Do you spend your time consciously or unconsciously? Effectively or ineffectively?