Wednesday, June 3, 2015

If I Only Had Time

"If I only had time!"  Have you ever thought that?  Do you wish you had more time?

Everyone on the planet is given the same amount of time from sunset to sunset.  No one is privileged to get extra time for good behavior.  We can't slow down nor speed up time.

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In the last decade or more, people seem to be getting busier and having less time to do the things that are important to them and having to put them on the shelf - until....maybe later.

We have probably all known people who spin their wheels.  I have watched many do this and wonder how they can ever get anything done or, for that matter, get through life! They are time wasters who rarely meet their goals to complete a project and never seem to have enough time.  They do not know how to prioritize their time and get overwhelmed with the tasks at hand.  They talk and fret about what needs to get done but do little to finish them.

Although this may be an extreme example, I wonder how many of us waste time without realizing what our time is worth.
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On the other side of that coin - we feel guilty if we don't take time for our friends, our family or ourselves.  These are absolute musts; and if we are too busy, our priorities get out of balance.

Michael LeBoeuf made a dramatic point in his book Working Smart:  How to Accomplish More in Half the Time.  He states:  "Waste your money and you're only out of money, but waste your time and you've lost a part of your life.  The vast majority of us spend at least 50% of each day in various pastimes that provide no earthly use or satisfaction for anyone, including ourselves.  We literally waste away half of our lives and do it in oblivious indifference." 

By looking at what our time is worth, it might help put the value of wasted time into perspective,

Yearly Income One minute is worth One hour is worth One hour per day worth annually
$14,000.00 $ .1195 $7.17 $1,750.00
$20,000.00 $ .1708 $10.25 $2,500.00
$30,000.00 $ .2561 $15.37 $3,750.00
$50,000.00 $ .4269 $25.61 $6,250.00
$100,000.00 $ .8523 $51.23 $12.500.00
$150,000.00 $1.28 $76.84 $18,750.00

What do you think?  Were you aware your time was worth that much?

I am the pilot of my time, time flies
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