Time. What an interesting concept. A tool we use to measure our everyday lives. It dictates most, if not all, that we do- when we wake up, when we leave for work, when we go to sleep. Heck, even your lunchbreak is molded into a time slot. Living in a modern society, we may not be able to truly break free from the pardigm of time, but we could use it in our favor.
How Much Time Do We Really Have?
24 hours in a day..
The average life expectancy for males in the US is 76 .
The average life expectancy for women in the US is 81.
If you sleep for 8 hours a day, that equates to roughly 229,961 hours spent asleep in your life..
Eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner combined with drinking beverages consume another 32,098 hours.
...around 37,935 hours driving..
For an average job, working 40 hours a week, and a 2 week vacation once per year, the average person will spend 90,360 hours at their place of employment.
If you watch a few hours of TV a day, that could total around 80,486 hours in your lifetime..
..and these are just some activities that a large majority of us participate in on a daily basis.
So, how much time do we really have...?
The following paragraphs will make sure you are equipped with the right tools to make sure you run the day, and not the other way around.
Make A To-Do List...
Simple and straight to the point. When you awake, jot down some things you need to accomplish for the day or week. Prioritize the things you must finish, and do those first when your energy is at its highest. The likelihood of accomplishing all our tasks in a given day is pretty rare, so pick 2 or 3 things a day, and distribute the rest throughout the week.
...and Stick To It
There's only so many hours in a day. Most of us work, go to school, have a family, and other duties and obligations. Time management is a critical skill that should be implemented daily. Pencil in on your calendar what time you plan to do an activity, and focus 100% on that activity. If you allot yourself 1 hour to the gym, that hour should be spent at the gym, not on your phone, or socializing with your friends, or worrying about what groceries you need to pick up on your way home. Spending time with your family, stressing about finances and managing your business, is also another example. Those around you will notice your wandering mind, and inquire what the issue is. Children are especially keen to this behavior and lack of being present in the moment, so be aware of that as well.
Pick & Choose
The truth is that there are only so many endeavors we can give our utmost focus and attention to. Quality over quantity on this one. Pick a few things you really care about, and worry about progress and improvement in those areas. It is a waste of time and energy trying to do a dozen things mediocre, than doing a couple thing exceptionally. For a great read on this specfic subject, you can check out The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck.