-How to Make the Most of Your Time-
The popular saying, “Time waits for no one” is so true. Have you gotten so busy to the extent that you look up at the wall clock or at your wristwatch and cringe, wishing the day had more hours to it? Sounds familiar, huh?
Time is a very interesting phenomenon. It just goes and goes. It keeps moving. The challenge is, you are faced with making a choice; would you move with it or would you simply watch it slip by? However, let’s not forget too that there are also those days when you wish the hours in a day were much fewer? I would like to refer to this as “time-marking”. For persons who are NOT fully engaged, this can be a frequent experience; boredom, anxious “time-marking”, laziness, unproductivity, and procrastination of even the little they have to do.
Nonetheless, we also know that with the busy and crazy life style around us today, having moments of bodily rest, relaxation, restful “time-marking” and rejuvenation of brain cells through good sleep is in fact a thing of necessity. So, we all have 24 hours in a day, but what you choose to do and how you choose to use your own time becomes a thing of personal responsibility.
One of our greatest assets as individuals is “Time”. With TIME, you can become that which you want to be and can achieve. Interestingly, you envy so and so for what they have achieved. You forget that one major factor you have in common with that person is TIME. You can plan yourself properly, act and become great too!
However, we know that we can’t all use our time all in the same way, besides other contributing factors. Nonetheless, the race of life is not against one another. We support and complement one another along life’s journey. So, any sense of an envious (pull-her-down) competition? A no, no!
In the light of all these, we recall the bible quote, Ecclesiastes 3:4-14:
“A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…,
…a time for war and a time for peace. What do workers gain from their toil?
I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made
everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart;
yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that
there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.
That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil
– this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever,
nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.”
On a closer look at this biblical quote, it seems to throw light on God’s intention for the use of time. Time is indeed a “burden” laid on the human race. Making good choices for personal development and service to humanity makes it a “sweet burden”. From the quote above, we see two intended goals for the use of time: a) to be happy; b) to do good to others. Happiness include: peace, contentment, positive attitude to life and purpose. Then doing good implies being good to everyone around you, any one you encounter. Also, finding satisfaction in some form of toil or the other, is an inevitable part of time used well, and hence a well-lived life.
Procrastination is an issue about time. In some way, it is a “struggle with decision-making”. According to the dictionary, procrastination is to defer action. So, one delays until an opportunity is lost. It also refers to when one avoids doing something that needs to be done, or not completing something one has already started.
It is said that “Procrastination is the thief of time”. Someone who appreciates time, avoids procrastination. This actually has to do with our struggle with decision-making, discipline, self-control and the uncertainty of what tomorrow or the following moment brings.
With some level of resolve and determination, the habit of procrastination can be overcome:
- Know what needs to be done
- Appreciate the advantage/importance/urgency of getting that done
- Appreciate the necessity and usefulness
- Set your priorities accordingly
- And… simply get it done!
A Big Concern
My big concern is this: what you do or do not do with time either makes or mar you. And one interesting thing about this is that, when your action or lack of action mars you, in some cases you may not even realize the damage done to yourself, your potentials and in fact your destiny. However, the good thing is that, so long as you are still alive, at this moment, it means you still have an opportunity to make up for lost time and be the better person you can be.
The attitude of “Africa Man’s time” is one of a laissez faire and lack of respect for other people’s time. It is advisable to remove it from your personal habits.
From the book, “Attitude that Attract Success”, the author, … writes, “You are given 86,400 seconds everyday. How you use them is up to you. You can squander the time and lose its benefits, or you can invest it wisely and be rewarded. Don’t live a squandered life. Since you have only one life to give, live it well!”
And of course, he goes back to the topic of his book, ‘attitude’ and writes, “What separates a futile life from a fruitful one? Our attitude. Our attitude will be the difference between existing and living!” so even in the use of time, attitude matters. That is what drives you in the choices you make and in the direction you go! So, what’s your attitude to time?
All in all, it is what you do with your time that determines whether or not
you leave behind a legacy, and indeed, what sort of legacy it would look like.
Nonetheless, your health is a big part of what you do with TIME. The good use of time does not necessarily mean excess activity, running around, and making lots of money. As we say, “Body no be firewood!” The human body needs rest and relaxation. The human brain, without adequate rest gradually loses itself and this becomes a huge health issue. The time I take to rest after a hard day’s work is as important as the work done or that needs to be done.
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Health experts advice that your body basically require seven to eight hours of sleep to keep healthy and sane. Work-health balance is simply a human necessity. Rest and good sleep helps your body rejuvenate and help you become more productive than when you drag yourself around in fatigue, sleep-walks and sleep-work.
One last thing. Moments spent in silence, meditation, reflection, in prayer and any form of recollection is also precious. It is said that, “The unexamined life is not worth living” (Plato).
- Linda Ellah