Every minute we’re voting with our time. Think of the options of saying yes and no to exercise. By saying yes to one activity we’re saying no to another. We’re voting.
Time is a limited commodity for each of us. We have 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week, 8,760 hours in a year. If you were to live to be a 100, you’d live 876,000 hours from the moment of your birth to the moment of your death. That is well under a million hours in a lifetime. You’d need to live to 114 to clock up a million hours on this planet.
Many of us would like to be able to squeeze more hours out of a day. We study time management strategies and creative scheduling techniques. We try to figure out how to do several things at once… I once read a story about a man who wanted to live life more fully and became more sensitive to the passage of time. He bought thousands of marbles. Each marble represented a day. When he had collected enough marbles to more than last him a lifetime, he put them in a large glass container. Every evening he would take out one marble and throw it as far as he could to the back of his garden. There were days when he would look at his marble and think how beautiful it was, not wanting to throw it away. Exactly the point!
So how do you want to spend your time? How do you spend your time now? A useful exercise is to track how you’re spending time for one week so you can see. One of my coaching clients became aware that he was often spending extra hours running around supermarkets hunting for bargains. This time was cutting down on the time he spent with his family or on relaxation after work! He used the information he had gathered to change his habit.
By reading this blog you have voted to devote time to personal [and professional] growth, learning, improving the quality and enjoyment of your life. There’re a million ways you could spend these moments. But here you are. What values are you voting for by reading these words?
And a few more NLP pointers for consideration are:
- How do you use your time [in any context of your life]?
- How could you reduce or eliminate the sense of time pressure you feel?
- How do your choices about how you spend time reflect your highest values?
- What have you learnt about yourself with regard to spending time?
- Do you often find yourself rushing? What’s the cost of that to you?
- How do you want to spend the time you have left on this planet?