Quit Wasting Time

“Our problem is not too little time but making better use of the time we have. Each of us has as much time as anyone else. The president of the United States has the same twenty-four hours as we. Others may surpass our abilities, influence, or money, but no one has more time.” – J. Oswald Chambers

The older I get, the more I want my life to count. In fact, not just my life, but I want my years to count, my months, my weeks, my days, and my minutes. I want to live a full life and to do that I need to quit wasting time doing things that aren’t helping me live a life that matters!

Here are some thoughts on time by J. Oswald Chambers, think about these for a few moments:

“The way we employ the surplus hours, after provision has been made for work, meals, and sleep, will determine if we develop into mediocre or powerful people.”

 “If we are careful about days, the years will take care of themselves.”

The reality is that even the best of us waste hours every day. In my pursuit of making my time count, here are some of the best tips I have heard and implemented to make my time count:

Plan Your Day in Advance – This is hard for me because I like being spontaneous, but the more I mature, the more I recognize I need to plan out my entire day, prioritize my tasks, and get to work!

Track Your Time – Twice a year, you should write down what you are doing and have done every 15 minutes. It is a pain in the butt, but you will at least recognize how much time you’re wasting and how much is spent on actually producing.

Reflect on Your Day – Did I use my day well? Did I accomplish what I set out to accomplish?

Stop Doing Things That Don’t Help You – Watching hours of TV, spending hours on social media sites, you name your time waster. Whatever they are, severely limit them.

Start Doing Things That Will Help You – Read a book, call a friend, network, join a group, workout, etc.

How much time are you wasting? What do you need to stop doing? What do you need to start doing?

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