We have all heard the saying that ‘time is precious’, but what does it look like when the ideology is manifested in one’s reality? The majority of people know the obvious forms of time management. Going to bed at a reasonable hour so that they can wake up early for work; planning their days in their diaries or their heads so that it is extra productive, and planning activities and events in advance for memorable and stress-free experiences.
Following the basic principles is great, as they will determine, to a certain extent, a successful and joyful life.
However, can you imagine the control and command you would have over your life if you, near literally, did not let a minute go to waste? Of course, you have to be realistic and allow for a certain degree of spontaneity. Nevertheless, with more effective time management than is standard, you can ensure that each area of your life is nurtured, and, you will allow yourself to get within better reach of true fulfilment and balance.
Valuing your time in the workplace could look like keeping your phone switched off, so that you can fully focus on soaking up new knowledge. It looks like listening to, and fully taking on board, feedback, rather than letting your mind wander to what you are going to make for dinner. Looking at what appears to be setbacks or failures, from an outside eye, as a learning experience, a moment that facilitated growth. It can look like using your reflections to propel you into making more informed, aware, steps, instead of moping and dwelling on negative times.
Valuing your time in relationships could mean not staying in, nor tolerating, relationships in which you are being disrespected, unappreciated or that do not help you to grow. If you are single, valuing your time could mean being thoughtful in your approach to finding a partner. Having enough self-awareness to assess if another person would be a good fit for your values, personality and lifestyle. Of course, early signs of incompatibility could lead to conflict later down the line.
In terms of your health, it could mean maintaining discipline in your fitness and your diet. Making it a priority to go running, dancing or maybe spinning, week-in and week-out. Dedication to infusing your water or packing a healthy lunch for work the night before, time and time again.
And what is the end product of sustaining awareness towards each area of your life? Surely, lasting prosperity. While you do not need to plan your life down to the T, it is good to know that, usually, in making conscientious choices, you can truly steer your life in a positive direction. Taking ownership of, and making the most of, your time, then, could be what it means to value it.
What else could it mean to care about your time? Share your thoughts in the comments below.