Time. We all have it. In many of our careers we are paid for it. It usually passes slowly when we are engaged in mundane tasks and flies when we are having fun!
But the question is, how much value do you put on your time?
- Do you plan the allocation of your time?
- While giving time to your children, job, family and friends, do you plan to give time to yourself?
- What do you do with your time? Do you engage in activities that feed you? Inspire you? Make you feel alive and fulfilled?
- Do you constantly check in with how you use your time and regularly re-evaluate if your chosen endeavors are right for you (and your soul)?
I don’t believe it is all about using every second of your time to act, do, be (a lesson it took a long time to learn) but rather to appreciate your time as precious and yes…allocating half a day, a full day, a weekend or a week to doing nothing is also appreciating your time and the need to rest and recharge.
Usually if we respect our time, we respect the time of others. We arrive to meetings/catch ups punctually and plan our time. In gaining more awareness and respect for your time, you will immediately respect this irreplaceable asset for others (and often contagiously give them the power to do the same for themselves).
The most important thing it to acknowledge how precious your time is, make sure that you are aware of how you spend your time and make sure it is aligned with your values/what is important to you.
Lastly, take time to really appreciate the gift of time. Gratitude will encourage you to get more out of every precious moment as start to account for it.
And…the next time someone gives you their time, be sure to thank them because they have given you one of the most precious gifts of all. Something that cannot be replaced. In the words of Henry David Thoreau, ‘The price of anything is the amount of time you exchange for it’.
To an Exceptional Existence,