Of all the resources that we have, time is the most limited.
It's always possible to make more money, learn more things, meet more people, buy more stuff, have more fun... as long as we have enough time for all of that.
But we don't.
Once time is spent, there is no way to get it back. Whenever we spend an hour of our time, we get an hour closer to the end of our life. It could be 60 years from now, or it be tomorrow. We don't know.
But one thing is certain. If we knew that we only had a day left in our life, we wouldn't waste a minute of that day. We would make every moment count. We would devour that day.
As distant as it may seem, one day it's actually going to be the last day of your life. Will you look back at you life and think of all the amazing things that you have done? Or will you wish you had spent your time differently?
From that perspective, the hours spent watching TV or browsing the internet will no longer seem so attractive. Busywork and procrastination will seem just stupid (they are).
So what should I do instead?
I can't answer that question for you. You have to make up your own mind. It's how you're spending your life, after all. There is no right or wrong way as long as you do it mindfully.
The possibilities are endless.
Traveling the world. Spending quality time with friends and family. Learning new things. Spending time outdoors. Doing excellent work. Building new things. Creating art or music. Writing. Making other people happy. Whatever.
You can't really get it wrong as long as you consciously think about how you spend your time. But if you don't if you just let the time pass as if it would never run out you are almost guaranteed to spend it wrong.
There's a reason why in English we say that time, just like money, is spent. Or wasted, for that matter.
Most people are mindful about how they spend their money. They try not to waste it, they know where it is spent, and they are always looking for better deals and bargains.
Are you doing the same with your time?
You should be.
"If we knew that we only had a day left in our life, we wouldn't waste a minute of that day. We would make every moment count. We would devour that day."
I really like this. It's a good mindset to live with.
Money can be similar to time, but not quite. People spend money for investment, and end up earning more. But sadly that won't happen with time: you can never earn back more time by spending time. Or unless you spend time finding the philosopher's stone or researching on life-prolonging cures. But that is another story.
I really like the way you are observing the world around you and keep thinking. And when you share it, you make more people thinking along with you or start thinking themselves. Keep it up!
Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog! As this is one of my first posts here I'd like to introduce myself and explain why I've called this blog No Status Quo.
My name is Emil and I'm a 21-year old student from Latvia. I've spent the last three years of my life studying in the United States and the Netherlands. I'm studying economics, psychology and mathematics. A strange combination, I know. I'm currently in my last semester, and I'm really looking forward to graduation.
Why? Well, I have some great plans after finishing college. But first let me start by explaining what I don't want to be doing after I graduate.
I no longer want to study at a university because all the world's knowledge is freely available on the Internet. If the world's greatest universities offer their lectures for free, why would I waste my time and money studying at an average institution? Sure, I might not get any credentials for what I learn online, but I want to live a life in which I'm rewarded for knowledge and hard work, not formal credentials.
I've really been thinking a lot about future vs. present, ever since reading The Time Paradox. Do you live every day like it's your last, do you save everything for the future, or do you find a happy medium?
One of the conclusions that I've come to, which might be blatantly obvious to everyone but me, is that time management should be exactly like money management. It's the same problem: how do you use a finite resource throughout your whole life for maximum benefit?
Thinking of time like money rules out the extreme ends of the spectrum. We all know what it looks like when someone spends every dollar they get as soon as it's dropped into their hands, and none of us envy that person (although some imitate him). Saving everything and never spending any money isn't that great of an idea, either. What's the point of having money if it gets buried next to you?