Utilizing Time

Time is probably one of the most widely mis-used resources for all of us.  It is the only resource we all have an equal amount of.  It has been said that time is the great equalizer for all of mankind.  It can be argued that the most successful people in every area of life ae the ones who figure out how to use time most effectively.

Let’s all admit the more entertainment and social interaction becomes available the more distracted we get with how we’re using our time.  Misusing my time is something I find myself failing on too often.

It is easy for me to think that I should be working more.  But that isn’t what I mean necessarily.  I have to question whether or not I’m spending enough time with my wife or my family and investing time in the relationships that are important to me.  There is a healthy balance that has to be found when it comes to how we use our time.

When it comes to work I have to question whether or not I am spending my time doing the most important tasks and projects for where I’m headed with my job.  Work time needs to be spent doing WORK.  It is easy to get distracted by conversations or activities that don’t help productivity and should be reserved for non-work time.

I’ve learned that investing time in my health is easy to neglect if I don’t make a disciplined effort to go to the gym.  The best time of day to do that is in the morning before the rest of my family is awake.  Otherwise I might have to neglect either work or family time in order to squeeze in some exercise time.

Investing time with family and friends is important too, so I try to make it a habit to spend evenings and weekends with the family as much as possible and incorporate time with friends in there as well.  One thing I try to focus on is what we do with the time I spend with family and friends.  I often examine what activities are we doing and what are we talking about to add value to relationships and find that I need to do a better job.

The story of the tortoise and the hare is true – slow and steady wins the race.  The challenge is we’re all running more than one race.  There is work to do and there is life to live outside of work.  There are numerous goals to strive for in work and life and prioritizing them can be tricky.  Sometimes we want to be get to particular goals faster, but slow and steady toward all the goals is often times a better way to proceed.  Prospering isn’t all about money – a lot of prospering is how we live the life we have with the time we have here on earth.


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