“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
When I was young, sleeping was my favorite thing. Just like babies, I would go to sleep for 12 hours.
You can also guess the other?
A selfie was another favorite of mine. I edited them until they were perfect, posted them to social media, then waited for the likes. Scrolling through my feed.
Wow. This is so unusual these days.
I didn’t care what I was doing with my life. It was purely for the fun of it and I finished it because it was what I wanted. I don’t even like what I chose. I had no goals, no ambitions. It was just a way of life.
However, then came adult life. A sudden, I got married and had a baby.
This is a wonderful turn.
Now I don’t even have Instagram.
Why? It was because I began to value my time.
If you desire to have a fulfilled life, I’m here to say that it is possible.
Why shouldn’t you cherish every minute of your existence?
My teeth were the last thing I did when I was a mother. I didn’t have time to do anything that wasn’t related to my son.
I started regretting all the time I’d wasted before.
But let’s be clear: It’s not about productivity. It’s about living your life to the fullest.
It’s easy to see that when you value time, your life starts to be valued. Once you have established your priorities, it is easier to prioritize the important things in life. And that’s when life gets really good.
Despite our differences in circumstances, we all have one thing: time. And you’ve heard it a million times, but time is our most precious commodity.
It’s non-negotiable. You can’t buy more time, no matter how rich you are. And you can’t save time either. Only you can spend it.
No one has time to wait. The sooner you begin to value your time, the greater.
Below are a few tips that I have found helpful in helping me value my time and improve the quality of my life.
1. Prioritize your goals.
Oh, priorities. We often overlook priorities, even though they are essential.
You must establish your priorities if you are going to value your time. Find out what’s most important and make time to do it.
Think about this:
- How can I achieve my goals and have the most fulfilling life possible?
- Which people and things are most important to you?
- How do I make myself happy?
- What do I want to be in five years’ time?
The simple answer was: Time with my son is what I really value. Also, I would like to have a balance between work and family.
What I don’t want is to be glued to my phone while my son is next to me, or to watch movies instead of making small steps toward having my own business.
Also, self-care is a priority for me. It is important that I have sufficient time to take care of myself. Even if it’s just ten minutes a day To have a cup in silenceIt is a huge difference.
I am happy and healthy when I take care of myself. When I’m happy, my family can be their best.
2. Recognize the significance of limited time.
All of us have a limited amount of time here on earth and must make the best out it.
This life is full of magic because it has a limited amount of time. You make everything more important. When you realize that life is precious, your time will be more valuable.
You will also be more conscious of your mortality. It might sound depressing, but it’s not. It’s actually very liberating. It’s liberating. If you knew you’re going to die soon, what would you do differently?
Do it now so you don’t end up with regrets about how you spent your time.
Every day, I consider death. It is something I can accept. It is a blessing from the universe that I am mortal.
We never know when we are going to die, so the best thing we can do is to live each day as if it’s our last.
3. Pay attention to your distractions, and take steps to reduce them.
Everyone has their own distractions. This could be on social media or Netflix.
How I handle distractions
- Instagram was my main distraction. It was my main distraction.
- Then, movies. Then, I made a decision to only watch one movie per week. There are no TV shows. All they did was help me to escape reality.
- Internet surfing is yet another option. The internet is only used for research and work purposes. I will no longer browse the internet without a goal.
- If I’m looking to unwind for 20 minutes or watch something, I only open the app. Otherwise, it’s a huge time waster (I would open the app, scroll through it for five minute without any goal).
After I started doing that I realized that I sometimes got bored. It’s a wonderful feeling to not have to reach for my phone when I don’t need it. It’s something I enjoy.
4. You choose one activity over all the others.
You know those moments when you’re about to do something, but then you wonder, “Should I really be doing this? I could be doing something else.”
It’s a very common feeling. We often have so many options that it’s hard to choose just one. You can do it! Pick one thing and do it consistently.
It doesn’t matter if it’s the “right” choice or not. There’s no such thing as “right” when it comes to how you spend your time.
Oliver Burkeman’s podcast was something I listened to recently. He said that we don’t want to make choices. We don’t want to decide. All possibilities should remain open to us. We love to dream about the future. You have many options.
We must make a decision. Making a decision is liberating. This gives you control over your life, your time, and keeps you moving instead of standing still.
Pick one thing that you are passionate about and get it done. Focusing on where you’re going will help you feel more focused.
This article is one example. Although I could choose to do a lot more, I prefer this. It feels amazing. All in. Focus is what I need.
5. Know that failure is a sign you’re using your time well.
It is important to complete a task or project correctly when you start it. It is important to achieve excellence. Otherwise, we think it’s a waste of time.
This is the reality of life. You can’t prevent failure. Failure is inevitable. There are many.
And that’s a good thing. Failure is a sign that you’re trying something new; that you’re pushing your limits, learning, and growing.
Is it possible to learn from our mistakes?
- Accept them immediately. Don’t try to bury your failures or pretend they never happened. Recognize them, and then learn from them.
- The second is to see things from a perspective. This one opportunity didn’t work out, but it’s not the last you’ll get.
- Focus on your successes, not the failures. Odds are something good came from it, even if you can’t see it just yet.
It was so frustrating. My life was ruined by failure. They made me better and wiser, so I’m grateful.
My greatest failure was probably my university diploma. It’s three years of my life. I was so naive thinking that I can succeed no matter what bachelor’s I choose. It was easy for me to choose the easiest.
Turns out, there is nothing I can do with my bachelor’s degree. It’s useless.
Although I wish I had spent the three years more well, I don’t regret it. Because if I didn’t fail, I wouldn’t be so motivated today to start my own business and to create something that has meaning.
Like I mentioned in the intro, I used to be terrible at value my time. But, it is a good thing that my attitude has changed. It certainly wasn’t easy. It is not something that I know how to do. It is important to remember how valuable my time really is. To cherish every moment.
But my alarm doesn’t annoy me when it wakes me up in the morning anymore. It’s a reminder that I Get I want to be awake and have fun on this planet.
It is a blessing to be still alive.
Your time spent reading this article was valuable. It will help you to appreciate your time more.
Keep in mind that there is no time for anyone.
Remember that it’s non-negotiable.
Remember that you can’t save it.
It is best to spend your money wisely.
Diana is the founder of minimalismbasics.com, a website about simple living that can help you declutter, find purpose and happiness. She’s honest and straightforward in her writing, sharing tips and advice that have worked for her – no false promises here. Diana’s blog will help you to simplify your life and to live more with intention.
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