Time Management

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.

Keep in Mind, The Sun of Time: 4 Ways to Reclaim your Desires

Forget not, the light in the sky

There you are, awaiting the closure of the day as the sun settles along the horizon. As it sputters away you're left in the darkness, alone. Thoughts begin rolling into mind on the reflection of your day. The day is of course, the only meaningful measurement of our lives. We rise to the sun, and lay to its absence. It's the time we may invest our intentions. Let us signify the radiance of the sun as our entry into effort as we reclaim its energy.

Awareness begets action

The day is anew, and in its waking, we are left to another thought: how to make the most of the day. By sunset, what is it that you wish to have accomplished? Did you leave the day behind knowing you've done everything within your power?

Often, we don't. Take this day for instance, if you could repeat the same day again, what would be the most important task you could have accomplished? Not reaching targets doesn't mean you've lost your journey, because the day doesn't mark the end. You are the ends maker. This isn't the time to cut back, but to instead rise to your own claims of desire. Don't reduce, increase actions!

Generate the impression of your most esteemed desire, and convert it into reality. Give attention, and concentrate. Acclaim your lost awareness by feeling the sun's breath, and far reaches of its warmth. As a new armor, wear it to give presence to the core motivations that lurk beneath. These new ways of thinking shall give rise to a new north star.

Go out with a bang

Awareness of death is the true motivator for living in fullness. In knowing our lives are limited in time, one must pursue the true motives that stir within us. Instill these impressions inside and use this new power to fuel the oncoming battle of wits as you're fighting yourself, and no one else. 

All problems are internal to the chaos of polarization. No matter what path you take, you'll hit the fork in the road where your values diverge one way or another. This is another aid to awareness. To reflect on the path you've taken presents the very thing you seek. It lines up your every move, till you come to a spot you're standing now. Every action, task, and hindrance in your life is the key to your next destination.

A Result in Time  

Become obsessed with the reality you wish to make, and it will be so. You're developing the aptitude for opportunities. Some may be now, and others later. You'll be presented with compounding choices if you have the will to do so.

If you're not preoccupied with where you're going, you'll never get there; nor become the person you want to become. Reshuffle the cards and reshape your being. If you're not afraid then you aren't on the right path. Disregard everything that will burden your journey for the long run, and devote zero further energy to it. Take the leap to get out there, and wet your feet. Now set sail for the new world.