Time is a very precious aspect of our lives. We all know this at some level, but many of us don’t lead our lives in line with this knowledge. Even though we want to meditate or exercise, we end up spending time on Social Media or TV. We make many plans and timetables for the day, but these plans go unexecuted. We have an appointment with someone at 3 PM, and we reach the place by 3:15 PM. We agree in theory that time is valuable, but when it comes to practicing, we live as if we don’t need to bother about time.
Why does this happen with many of us? Because we don’t really value time. We don’t give due value to the time, and time flies by Years and years go on without any change in our lives. We think time is available to us forever. What difference does it make with 5 minutes here and there? What’s the big deal if we can’t do something today? We have tomorrow, right. These are some thoughts we carry about time. But this perspective about time is far from reality.
Below are some truths about time which we should acknowledge, remember, and live by.
1. Time is a limited resource: None of us can live forever on this planet. This is the truth whether we like it or not. Our time here is limited, and it comes with an expiry date. A day contains only 1440 minutes. Whatever we want to accomplish, we should accomplish in this limited time given to us.
2. Time is precious: There are many things in life which, once lost, can be gained again. The three important aspects of life are – health, wealth, relationships, and all these can be regained. When we lose health, we can get it back in many cases. When we lose all the money, we can again earn it. And when we fail in one relationship, we can build another relationship. But time, once lost, is lost forever. We can never buy back the lost time even if we spend 1 crore rupees.
3. Time is an equalizer: Irrespective of our status, gender, religion, profession, place, we all have 24 hours in a day. Time does not discriminate between haves and have nots. Prime Minister of the country and a common man are given the same amount of time – 24 hours.
4. Time is perishable: We cannot save even 1 second of our time for future use. Either use it or lose it. That’s how time works.
5. Time is unpredictable: We don’t know when we die. So, we really don’t know if we have tomorrow guaranteed for us. All we have in our hands is today and this moment.
These are 5 truths about time, which we should remember. When we remember these truths, we stop taking our time casually. We value and respect it.
Now, remembering these truths is the tricky part. Only when we remember something, we can implement it in life. So, to value time in life, we should first remember that time is valuable. How to do that?
Below are some pointers on how you can remember these truths about time on a daily basis
1. Stick the number 1440 in a place which you can see. 1440 is the number of minutes in a day. This serves as a reminder to you that there are only 1440 minutes in a day, and it’s important how you spend these minutes. A lot can be done in 1 minute. So, don’t underestimate the value of 1 minute.
2. Keep a reminder on your mobile that reminds you every day that time is precious.
3. Keep track of how you are spending your time in a day. Before you sleep, review your day and see where you can improve in making the best utilization of your time.
4. Identify your habits that are not in line with your priorities and are causing a waste of time. For example, if spending 2 hours of time on Facebook is not helping you achieve your goals, then work on gradually reducing this time.
But before we work on changing a habit, we should first identify it and understand that it is causing us a waste of time. Many of us spend our time unconsciously, and we don’t even realize how much time we are spending on social media. So, for one complete day, just observe how you are spending your time and make a note of it. Where is your time going? This will help you identify your areas of improvement.
5. Stick the below quote in some visible place and read every day. This quote teaches us how every second of time is valuable in life.
1. To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
2. To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
3. To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
4. To realize the value of ONE DAY, ask the person who was born on February 29th.
5. To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
6. To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.
7. To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
8. To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.
These are some practices that help you remember the value of time and make the most of your time. And remember that past is past. It’s gone, and there is no point in dwelling on the past. It’s the same with the future too. The future is yet to come, and there is no point in being worried about it.
All we have is now and this day. Make the most out of this precious gift given to each one of us. Work towards your goals, do things that bring you joy, and live as if today is the most special day of your life.
Wish you and your family the best.