Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Even with the best of intentions, we still waste certain things every day. We waste money on things which we don’t actually need, but we think that they will make us feel happy or accepted by others. We also waste energy, whether it’s mental energy by stressing and worrying about things which don’t actually matter, or might not actually happen, or doing things for others’ benefit which we really don’t want to. The damage here can, to a certain extent, be undone. We can work to develop a healthy relationship with money by doing things like tracking our spending and bills, but more importantly, as long as we have a job or an Ebay account, we can always earn more money. As for energy, that gets renewed automatically after a good night’s sleep. Obviously, if your energy is being drained because you are feeling overwhelmed or struggling to cope with depression, you can take action by speaking to a psychologist and tackling your demons. In this way, you can learn to better control your emotions and stop your mind from working against you. The result? Less stress, better quality of sleep and more energy. And if your energy is being wasted running around after others, learn to say no and prioritise yourself instead.
However, there is one thing that we waste on a daily basis only to regret it later on. Time. Once it’s gone, there is nothing that can be done about it. We can’t recoup lost time. Once it’s gone, it becomes history.
Time is precious and we do need to make the most of that allotted to us. BUT… this is not a rant about how you should stop watching tv and instead spend every waking moment working on your goals. You, and you alone get to decide what counts as wasted time in your life. Downtime, in my opinion, is crucial. Whatever you need to do to relax and unwind, whether it’s reading, going out with friends, watching a movie or anything in between..do it. We are not machines, designed to keep going relentlessly. Our energy levels and attention spans are limited, so we have to take time to unwind and have some fun too. Do what makes you happy. Time is only truly wasted if you are spending it engaging in something which you don’t want to be doing, or later regret.
Every day, other people make demands on our time. Whether we give them our time, though, is our own decision. Spend your time working on yourself and your goals and doing what makes you happy. And if working on your goals is what truly makes you happy, that’s even better. But…whatever you do, just remember that it’s your life which you are living so your time should be spent on whatever you want.
It sounds selfish, but it’s necessary. Naturally, we want to help others, but that comes after we have helped ourselves. So, before you spend time helping others, make sure that you have first taken enough time for what you want and what you need. In order to be selfless, we must first be a little selfish. This is nothing to be ashamed of.
Time is limited and precious, so make sure you use it in a way which will make you happy.
Time is the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing they can’t afford to lose