The Two Ways to Use Your Time

Though we all like to think of ourselves as immortal, the truth is that our time on Earth is finite—and precious. So it’s important to use it wisely and 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 spend it to fill various needs and desires. Once you use up the money, 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 want 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. Quite simply, this is focusing your time on realizing your hopes and dreams.

Keep a journal, use an app, buy a stopwatch… do whatever you need to do in order to gain control of how your time is used. Bottom line — invest as much of it as humanly possible.