Though we all like to think of ourselves as immortal, the truth is that our time on Earth is precious and finite. It’s important to employ it wisely.
Fact is — there are only two ways to use your time: spend it or invest it.
Spending Your Time
Spending your time is essentially the same as spending money. You have a limited amount of money, and you use it to fill various needs and desires. Once it’s spent, it’s no longer available for buying something else.
The same is true of your time. When you choose to devote an hour to something that doesn’t advance your life’s goals, you’ve spent that time. It’s no longer yours to use, and there’s nothing you can do to get it back. You weighed your options as to what you could do with your time, and you chose to spend it on an activity that didn’t help you become who you need to be.
Investing Your Time
Investing money typically means putting your assets into stocks, real estate, and other areas that—you hope -— will pay off in the long term. Similarly, investing time means focusing on activities that you hope — will reap meaningful rewards, both as you’re doing them and down the road. In other words, investing your time means focusing on achieving your hopes and dreams.
Far too many bitch and moan that they “just don’t have enough time” to volunteer, to help others, to build their own business, to exercise, to prepare home cooked meals, to love their spouse, to rekindle the fire for what they truly love doing, to dance, to sing, to walk the dog, to go to a comedy club, to go see the sunset, to hold hands with their child, to hug their best friend, to read, to put their toes in the water, to bake, to smile, to laugh, to make love, to paint, to play music, to skydive, to be pampered, to meditate, or simply to be happy… with who they are, where they are, why they’re here, with the company they keep, with the career they’ve cultivated, with their physical beauty, with their emotional strength, with the amount of money in their bank account, with the car they drive, with the home they live in, with their hair, with their skin, with their shoes… and on and on.
The next time you find yourself complaining about the hours you don’t have, ask yourself one key question – “How much time did I spend today vs. how much time did I invest today?”
The answer may surprise you.