Motivation

The World’s Most Valuable Commodity: Time

We all have the exact same amount of time. We all have 365 days in a year, 24 hours in a day, 60 secs in a minute to accomplish whatever we want to accomplish in our life. Time is life’s most precious resource and how we use this time reveals what our true values in life really are. 

Time is worth a lot to us all. Whether it be using Uber instead of waiting for Taxi’s, reading a Kindle at the same time as watching Netflix or not answering that dreaded phone ringing, people are always wanting to maximise their time. Time is something that businesses (through systems and products) and people (through labour) trade daily. Once it is gone, you can never get it back – Time is finite. 

I think at some point or another in life, we are all susceptible to the excuse “I’m busy – I don’t have enough time”. I for one, use to predicated my actions on wanting to “save time”. It took me 24 years to actually figure out what the resource of time was – Time is something you can’t save for the future, because all time must be spent now. 

Part of this realisation was understanding that I was not using my time effectively at all. My ambition was not established by my actions. I realised that I needed to reverse engineer my actual behaviour to reach my ambitions and at the forefront of that was using my time efficiently. 

EXAMPLE: Health has always been “important” to me, but I was always too “busy” to spend the time on exercise and nutrition due to my job or whatever other excuse I could come up with. I remember looking over one night at my Dad, who has worked 80+ hour weeks for the last 40 years of his life but always found the time somehow to get in 1 hour of exercise a day. Enough was enough, I needed to figure out how much time I actually had. 

Time Broken Down

Final Thoughts

What you do with your time is important as it IS your life. We all have the exact same amount of time. It’s the only aspect of our lives where we are all truly equal. 

Quick coasting through life – make a plan set aside time to do the things you want – recognize that time is finite – ask yourself what you want and direct all your energy on getting those things and don’t waste time on anything else.

We all have one life. Stop saying you don’t have time. Time is THE asset. Time is the one thing, if you utilize effectively and efficiently, all facets of your life will be better. Value every 30 mins in your 168 hour weeks – Defend and protect your time.

You’re the only one who can spend YOUR time.

What do you do with your time? Do you use your time wisely?

6 thoughts on “The World’s Most Valuable Commodity: Time

  1. Loving the article. You should explore the concepts of people’s perceptions of time and how time is relative, gets shorter with age.
    There are some excellent TED talks on the area. Keep up the good work Andrew!

    1. Thanks for the comments Andrew. I have discussed the above with a few people over the years and it fascinates me. There is some form of time/life equity each year you get older. I’ll be sure to have a look at the Ted Talks.

  2. What a grounding approch to a topic that amazingly falls by the way side in so many facets of peoples lives. I found this post both intriguing and eye opening, thank you andrew that was a plesure to read.

    1. Thanks Luke. I hope the post inspires you to take action, to come away with a better understanding of time, and to back yourself to change your future.

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