If You Waste This One Thing, You Will Waste Your Life
Slowly, but surely, it’s ticking away.
Around this time last year, I got a new job.
Due to poor financial decisions during the past five years, I had been unable to create the financial independent lifestyle I wanted.
This new job was not what I wanted to do with my life, but it was a means to an end. It would provide me with the capital to change my life.
It would allow me to live my life on my own terms. Something I value strongly.
I could have been in this situation years ago, but I was foolish and didn’t value my time.
Unfortunately, you can’t roll back the clock. I can only look forwards and improve my life from here on out.
The first days of a new job are nerve-wracking.
You’re in a new environment, with people you’ve never met before. No matter how many times I find myself in this situation, I’m always nervous.
I have travelled the world for five years. Met thousands of people from all walks of life, yet, I still get nervous meeting new peeople.
Anyway, towards the end of the first week I felt more comfortable. I had built up rapport with other new starters.
I had felt much more comfortable than I had at the start.
On the Friday, some of us were sitting down for lunch. The conversation flowed between what we all had done previously, to what we would be doing at the weekend.
As we came to the end of lunch, one of my co-workers uttered these lines: “There’s only two hours to go until we’re finished.”
It seems like an innocent comment at first. How many times have you wished the working day could be over and you could go home?
I’ve felt this way countless times.
However, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get that comment out of my head.
I was constantly chewing it over in my mind.
Time is our most valuable resource
“Time is non-refundable, use it with intention.” — Unknown
There was a reason this particular comment resonated with me. There is one resource that is finite in our lives.
No matter how successful we become, no matter how much money we accrue, your time is limited.
One day your time will run out. You won’t have the option to purchase another ten years.
It will be gone.
This comment was innocent enough, but it revealed an attitude which is prevalent in society.
People are wishing away their time on this Earth.
“I wish it was Friday already!”
“How slow is this day going? I can’t believe we’ve still got five hours to go!”
Do these comments sound familiar?
I know I’ve been guilty of saying something similar. I would wish away the hours when I was at school.
I’ve worked in jobs, where I couldn’t wait to get out the door before I had even walked in the door!
The truth is, we take our time for granted. It’s only when we realise how fragile life is that we see the error in our ways.
Change your mindset
“Time = Life. Therefore, waste your time and waste of your life or master your time and master your life.” — Alan Lakein
Your time is precious. We all know it’s going to run out, but we don’t know when.
If you are wishing away your time on this planet, there is a fundamental issue with how you are living.
We have all had depressing jobs, but that is no excuse to devalue your time.
You need to use your remaining time to improve your life.
A way to shift your mindset is to treat your time as you would your money.
Would you spend $50 on a pizza?
Of course not, it’s a waste of money. You’re not getting enough value for your $50.
The same applies to your time.
It may be relaxing to watch Game of Thrones for two hours every night, but that’s two hours of your life you’re not getting back.
That’s two hours of your life you could have spent developing a new skill.
That’s two hours of your life you could have spent working on a side project.
That’s two hours of your life you could have better spent.
If you’re not using your time to invest in yourself, you’re wasting your time.
You will still be wishing the hours away, two or three years into the future.
If you don’t value your time then what do you value?
It’s uncomfortable to think we have a finite amount of time. We don’t like to talk about it. So, we push this thought to the back of our mind and carry on blindly.
The irony is, if we approached our lives in this manner, we could achieve much more.
No more postponing until tomorrow, because tomorrow may never come.
Installing urgency into your life is a surefire way to ensure you are using your time more efficiently.
Time is a gift, we’ve just forgotten how valuable it really is!