How can you make sure you can do everything you ought to do without time running out? How can you spend your time wisely? Ever wondered what would perfectly answer that question? Sometimes it seems we have too little time to do what we want. The great Roman philosopher Seneca has eloquently phrased this dilemma:
“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing.”– Seneca
we are unaware of the grains of sand streaming down from our glass of life. We spend our days worrying about stuff of little importance. Looking at Netflix, YouTube, Twitter, Elon Musk’s Tesla, and Space x, or watching the recent scandals aimlessly until we wonder where our time has gone.
The more time we spend on something, the more value we attach to it. What happens next is that things that really matter like family, friends, responsibilities, become less important because we spend less time on them.
Make sure you will not be the old person with no other proof besides your age and your white hair to prove that you’ve been through a long life. Safeguard your time as a mother safeguards her child.
Choose how you spend your time
We should choose our acts carefully, spend our time on what’s important, and avoid wasting our life on trivial matters. This ability to cut through the outside and focus on the things that matter is important. If you cut through the jungle of unimportant things and concentrate on the significant things, you will find out how much more you can achieve.
Seneca makes a really important point on how little we think of “free time”. Most of us take it for granted.
“We’re tight-fisted with property and money yet think too little of wasting time, the one thing about which we should all be the toughest misers.”
So whats important eh!
“What are the most important things in my life, huh? “As soon as you know what these things are, give them a priority. And do away with what didn’t make the cut. This will give you time and peace of mind by deciding how to pick and spend those valuable hours.
We must set targets and devote the lion’s share of our time on things that actually matter. To nonessential stuff, we need to say no. We have to renounce things we have been doing for a long time, unaware that it doesn’t actually matter to us. Just because we’ve been doing something all our lives doesn’t mean It’s important.
“Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary’ many things are.”Seneca
To choose what to spend your time on, use justification rather than tradition. The first item that needs to be cut is the news. The news is all about winning over things outside our grasp. As a human, if you want to make changes, then skipping the news is the perfect start. We have only a small amount of time and resources, and the news is not something to be wasted on.
Feel “Ok” with being oblivious
In unessential matters, such as the latest Trump news or who won the game last night, it’s okay to appear oblivious. Look, the media broadcasts everything as super important. But tomorrow, what is a scandal today will not even be covered again. in short, just be aware that not every headline is important, and we will not miss it. On the contrary, we risk our time being lost.
Actively select where the time and resources should be spent. It’s not just the news that is wasting your attention, there are other wasters too. The most popular are video games, TV shows, amusing videos of failure, and other trivial hobbies. We’re all guilty and am not asking to cut it out altogether, just to be conscious of your time going by, and to spend it actively.
Make sure the embers of your youth are not wasted and by mastering time you will have the chance to live up to your true potential. Do so and when you grow old, you will look back at your life and say that was a well-lived life and I have no regrets about it.
And people feel free to drop a comment and let us know what you think. Is Seneca right? What are your views on the matter? What are your time management techniques?