What Are You Doing With Your Time?

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What are you doing with your time? Where are you spending your time? With whom are you spending your time? How are you spending your time? What are you spending your time on?

These are important questions, right?

Let’s look at what experts have said about time management:

Charles Darwin once said, “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” From Charles Darwin’s quote, you cannot live a productive life without managing your time well. Your time is your life.

According to Michel Eyquem de Montaugne, “The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them, a man may live long yet live very little.” It is not how long you live on earth that matters, it is not how long you spent doing something that matters, it is not how long you spent in a relationship that matters, it is not how long you study that matters, it is not how young or old you are that matters, it is not how beautiful you are that matters, it is not how tall you are that matters, it is not how many degrees you have that matters, it is not where you live that matters, it is not who your parents are that matters, it is how you use your time that will make ALL the difference.

Your time is valuable, use it wisely. You only have now to make a difference in your life. People always say, “I don’t have time.” That is not true. You have time if you want to create the time. Check how you use your time, and figure where to cut back. For sure, sometimes we do too much at the same time. For example, when you want to meet your friends or co-workers for a glass of beer, what do you do? You plan it, right? So use the same strategy to do other important things in your life. The results will shock you. Make time for good things to happen in your life. If you don’t make it, nobody will. You are your master.

We have enough time to get stuff done. The problem is lots of people spend their God given time on earth doing some useless things that are not getting them anywhere. If you value your life, according to the above quotes, spend your time well. Don’t spend your time on things that are reducing your growth. For example, if you have a project to work on, instead of watching TV, why not do the right thing first, then later you can watch your favorite TV program? This is stress management and time management in one line.

How you spend your time is a reflection of your priorities. If you value great and positive relationships, spend time with great minds. Don’t spend time with negative people. They will pull you down. They will take your dreams away. Be careful! If you value your family, spend QUALITY time with them. If you value knowledge, spend time to read. Read indiscriminately. If you value people, go out there and make people happy. If you want to grow, spend your time on what will take you to the next level. Time is valuable, don’t waste it.

Leo Babauta, in his book, Zen Habits: Mastering the Art of Change, Seneca said, “Putting off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future… The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”

If you want to be successful, DON’T spend your time with people who belittle you. Don’t spend your time with talkers. Don’t spend your time with procrastinators. If you spend your time with these people, gradually you will start to think and behave like them. People learn a lot by observation. You become what you feed your brain.

All Together:

Your success will depend on how well you use your time. You reap what you sow. Use your time wisely.

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Don’t waste your time on the past

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Don’t waste your time on what happened yesterday. It is time to focus on the future. Don’t waste your time dwelling on what has happened. It will not help you. It will harm you. Don’t waste your time, it is all that you have on earth. If don’t manage your time well, you will miss a lot in life. Time is your life. Your life is time. Take care of it!

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” —- J. R. R. Tolkien

Instead of beating yourself up for the mistakes you made in the past, learn from them. You will learn from failure more than you will learn from success. Don’t allow what happened in the past to dominate your mind. You get out what you keep in your mind. Keep your mind healthy. A sick mind is a sick person. A healthy mind is a healthy person. Why is it important to keep the mind healthy?

The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater their power to harm us.”—- Voltaire

Because what you think is what you will become. If you think positively about your past, you will generate positive energy. If you think negatively about your past, you will generate negative energy. Also, if you keep thinking about your past misfortunes, you will lose sight of the opportunities before you. It will prevent you from focusing on the moment. The moment is what is going to help grow. Learn from your past mistakes, and focus on how you will transfer what you have learned into your future dealings. Further, if you spend your time thinking about your mistakes, you are creating or feeding the negative thoughts in your mind, which prevent you from having a happy life. 

If you want to be a happy person, stop living in the past. Accept the mistakes you have made in the past, learn from them , and move on.