by Bill Gough, Allstate Hall of Fame Member
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Time and health are two precious assets that we rarely recognize or appreciate until they have been depleted. As with health, time is the raw material of life. You can use it wisely, waste it or even kill it.
To accomplish all we are capable of, we would need a hundred lifetimes. If we had forever in our mortal lives, there would be no need to set goals, plan effectively, or set priorities.
We could squander our time and perhaps still manage to accomplish something, if only by chance. Yet, in reality, we’re given only this one life span on earth to do our best.
Each human being has exactly 168 hours per week. Scientists can’t invent new minutes, and even the super-rich can’t buy more hours. England’s Queen Elizabeth I, the richest, most powerful woman on earth of her era, whispered these final words on her deathbed: “All my possessions for a moment of time!”
We worry about things we want to do but can’t instead of doing the things we can do but don’t. (Go back and read that again and maybe even a 3rd or 4th time!)
How often have you said to yourself, “Where did the day go? I accomplished nothing,” or “I can’t even remember what I did yesterday.”
Time is gone and you never get it back.
Staring at the compelling distractions on a television screen is one of the major consumers of time. You can enjoy and benefit from the very best it has to offer in about 7 hours of viewing per week. But the average person spends more than 30 hours per week in a semi-stupor, escaping from the priorities and goals they never get around to setting.
The irony is that the people we’re watching are having fun achieving their own goals, making money, having us look at them enjoying their careers.
Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire today. If you’ve just frittered away an hour procrastinating, you will still be given the next hour to start on priorities.
Time management contains one great paradox: No one has enough time, and yet everyone has all there is. Time is not the problem; the problem is separating the urgent from the important.
This week, separate the urgent from the important and take action on what is important!
Most of us have enough brains to come out of the rain. It’s possible to have enough health and energy, and many do. It’s definitely possible to have enough money, at least from a practical standpoint, if not an emotional one. But NOBODY seems to ever have enough time, do they?
So, I hope you agree to this thinking out loud on the subject is worthwhile, and that you are provoked by it to think carefully about your own investments of time as a result.