Time. It is by far the most valuable currency on our planet Earth, and yet, we never truly know its
Credit: Timevalue until we're almost out of it. Coming into this world, we're all hoping to be gifted a similar amount of time, a lifespan. Obviously different factors affect our available amount of time, but from the day we begin breathing air the count down begins. A great example of this is the car analogy where time is your fuel/gas. Assuming we all have the same size tank, we all have the same amount of fuel. Granted along the way we could have an accident rendering our fuel useless, or environmental factors could as well affect our fuels performance, preventing or prolonging us from getting to our destination. But the idea is, we all get relatively the same amount of time in our tanks. The problem with the car analogy is this. If we run out of fuel in an actual car, we simply pull into the nearest gas station and fuel up. In life, at least until this point, there is no refilling station. It is inevitable that our time will run out and there is no where for us to get more. That being said, how can we maximize our available time? And thru maximizing it, can we in a sense make more?
Back in college a professor of mine left me with something that to this day stays fresh in my mind. She described to the class that our lives were divided into thirds.
1. The first third was specifically devoted to sleep. It is a necessary function of the body and there is nothing one can do to alter this. It's is simple, we will sleep a third of our lives away.
2. The second third is comprised of work. For the vast majority of people on this Earth that weren't' born into money, they will work a third, if not more, of their lives. Unfortunately for most of us, it will be doing something that bores us and does nothing to further our existence. In essence it will be a job that we despise, doing nothing for our lives aside from putting money in our pockets.
3. The finale third is everything else in our lives. This includes but is not limited to: driving, eating, watching TV, going to the bathroom, church/religion, spending time with our families, doing what we love aka hobbies and passions, traveling, crying, cleaning and basically anything that doesn't fit into the first two thirds.
So it can be seen that, the only real third of our lives that has any true meaning is divided into so many pieces it becomes mind boggling. If that is the case, that our lives are divided in this manner, how do we maximize our time? How do we make it into more? This is where the brilliant part comes in, combination, or combining. Combining thirds. Now for the moment sleep is set in stone, but that leaves the other two thirds up for grabs. So we're left with work and everything else. If you notice under everything else there are multiple headings, one of which is your passions. If we can combine our work with our passions we in essence free up a very significant amount of time in our lives. Imagine being able to work doing what you love. Now you're probably saying that's easy to say but extremely difficult to implement, but is it? Or is it in fact that we are valuing the all mighty dollar over, remember from the beginning, the most valuable currency on our planet, time. It's been driven into us that the dollar rules our lives, but the reality is that time rules our lives. It is up to us to accept this and to change the ideology that money is more valuable than time. And I bet that if we all embraced our passions and did what we love for a living not only would we be maximizing our time, but we'd probably be maximizing our profits.
The next time you're punching into your boring day job and scanning the clock every hour wondering if it's lunch or quitting time, take note. You're staring it right in the face after all, time. Take value of your existence and take value of your time. If you haven't already chosen to do what you love for a living find out what's holding you back and take action. Now I'm not suggesting to quit your job right this moment and move forward. But if you take small logical steps today and small logical steps tomorrow, working your way towards the ultimate goal of doing what you love for a living, you will undoubtedly find success. Success not only at being able to maximize your time, but maximizing your life. There is no better time to start than today. Maximizing your time should take importance in the present. In the words of Tim Ferris from the 4hr Work Week, "Someday is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you."
P.S. It doesn't have to end here. Multitasking is another great way to maximize time in our lives, i.e.; turning your vehicle into a mobile classroom while you commute by way of audio books or walking on the treadmill while watching a favorite television show. I'd love to hear some more examples of how you maximize your time thru multitasking so if you have a moment please leave a comment, thanks!