IT’S my 11th wedding anniversary today. And it’s all going a bit too fast for my liking.
My daughter is already 10 and almost as tall as I am. Soon enough she will be grown. Instead of everything speeding up, I’d like it to slow down.
Obviously I can’t make that happen, time flies at the same time whether I sit still or run about. But I can make my experience of the time change. I can start by being less ‘busy’.
It’s a common problem for a self employed person. We’re always going to be making a list or trying to squash one more thing into the day.
But I’m in control of my time, just like you are.
Everything starts with a choice. And I, and maybe you, have to make different choices now and again. No one notices, or cares about the trivial stuff you might think is important.
You can stop paying attention to the inconsequential details and find space in time. Where I might be harassing my kid to clean up her stuff maybe I should try spending more time with her instead of getting wound up about the housework.
If we’re submerged in details we can’t always see the bigger picture. What sucks time out of your life? Time that you could spend in a different way? For many of us it’s the hours we spend trawling on Facebook, when maybe we could be using that time to exercise, or cook a nice meal with our loved ones. Time is finite though for us mere mortals.
How much have we got left? Let’s be optimistic and say that I will live to be 90 years old, that’s 44 years left. I’m going to spend eight hours a day for the next 44 years sleeping and another eight working, until I retire around the age of 65.
All those hours added up come to 21 years of my life, busy doing mostly necessary stuff. That leaves only 23 years. But then I have to factor in all the actual other things: that housework I hate, the driving, the cleaning, all of those boring jobs.
Take all that out and I’ve only got about 11 years left of time to do the things I dream of doing, the things I want to go and do. We can’t afford to mess around with things which are not important enough to us, that don’t allow us to reach our goals.
We have to be smarter about the way we spend our time, and use it very wisely. It’s a priceless resource. What are you going to do to reclaim your life?
Do it today, don’t waste any more minutes.