Lost time, investing in people and other Charlie Foxtrots.

For a guy with more time than money, I stress over every second at my disposal. Once, I saw on Facebook where you have 86,400 seconds in a day. There are 168 hours in a week. In a year there are 8,736 hours, and we still gripe that we don’t have enough time to spare. Is it that we don’t have the time or are we just bad managers of time?

If we would budget time like we budget our money, then we should have plenty of time to cover the essentials. Research shows that successful people do the following: They get up early (prior to people making demands of you), they schedule the most important tasks to be completed in the morning, they are organized, when at work they are productive, they set time aside to relax, they are team players, and they adjust fire when things go wrong (www.lifehack.org).

Time is money is the adage. You can get money back if you lose it. Time, on the other hand, is something that we never get back. Every breath that we take brings us one step closer to the Grim Reaper. At the end of our lives, we do not wish for more money. Our final request is that we wish we had more time. We wish that we had spent more time with our families. Memories of missed events in our kids’ lives haunt us on our deathbeds. Unfulfilled love, memories of decisions that we wish we had never made, these are examples of deathbed regrets.

No one dies wishing that they had spent more time at work. We spend time with friends, families, co-workers, and bosses. The time that we spend with these people is investments. Good, bad, or indifferent, these investments consist of our time. How do we know if our investments are solid? A quick glance at our mental health will enlighten us. Do they help us or hinder us?

People often say that investing in people is always a good thing. Perhaps. Do you keep stock that does not show a return? No, you take that money and divert it to another stock that shows promise. The same principle applies to time. You invest in people. If people waste your time, you trim the excess. I know, it seems heartless when it is written this way. However, not everyone appreciates the effort that you make. Time waits for no man (person, whatever).

Time is constantly running. It is essential that we learn to set priorities in the order of importance. You can’t go through life all willy-nilly. There must be some semblance of a plan. You can diverge from the plan, but you must adapt to the changes as they arise. Life is chaotic, however, that is not an excuse for not managing the time that we have.

Let’s do some quick math. For an example, lets use the following: You work 50 hours a week at your job. 168-50= 118 hours. On average you sleep 6 hours a night, 42 hours in a week. 118-42=76. Now, how do you spend the remaining 76 hours? I am now going over my week. It seems that there is time, it is just a matter of priorities in my life. Well, its back to the drawing board for me.

That is going to do it for this blog. You guys take care.

Freeman out.

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