Time is the one commodity that seems to slip through our fingers. We try to hold on tight, but those minutes and moments slip away. They can never be recaptured. If we try to remember, our memory forgets something or distorts what we think is the documented moment.
I sit, sometimes, and wonder where time has gone: How did my children grow up so fast? How did the summer (or any season) slip by without being able to get things accomplished? Is it possible that I have been married for almost 16 years? How did 34 years of teaching slip by with what now feels like the blink of an eye?
Some days, my retired brain wonders how I ever worked and accomplished anything else. There are days when I accomplish more than I thought I could, BUT then there are those days where I find little has been done. How can I feel like I have been so very busy, but I have nothing to show for it?
TOP 10 THINGS I ENJOY SPENDING TIME DOING
- Spending time with my husband when he is home and my family
- Taking long walks
- Camping/taking vacations
- Playing piano or violin
- Learning new things
- Going to garage sales
TOP 4 TIME WASTERS
It’s not that we shouldn’t get ourselves in these time wasters, but we need to monitor the time we spend on activities that really waste time. We need to determine why we are sending time on these activities.
- TELEVISION (Take time to decide if the television program really interests you. If not, why are you sitting there? Is it because your significant other, kids, or friends are interested in the show? Yes? OK, then you are not really wasting time; you are spending time with someone important. Is it because you have had an unusually exhausting or frustrating day? Yes? Then set a timer or choose a specific show to watch and then shut the television off. Is it because someone at work was talking about the show and you are intrigued? Ok, check it out.)
- VIDEO GAMES (It’s great to play games. It’s even better to play games with someone you love. BUT, to play along and never realize how much time has passed is never acceptable. Set a timer or the alarm on your watch for an hour. Evaluate where you are when the timer goes off. Do you really need to play another hour?)
- SOCIAL MEDIA (It’s great to connect with family. It’s great to re-connect with friends from high school or college. It’s great to find new friends or discover new interests. Just realize how much time you are actually spending on that social media site because it is a time sucker. Just one more post to read. Just one more video to watch. Set that timer for an hour and get off social media. I use social media, for the most part, as a reward. If I get all, or most, of the things on my daily “to do” list checked off, or if I worked hard on some of the tasks but they took more time than I actually scheduled, I reward myself with time on social media in the evening.)
- WHINING-COMPLAINING-GOSSIPING (Yup, we all participate in this, but does it ever do us any good. If you are whining or complaining, what are you going to do about the problem? If you are gossiping, delivering or listening, how is it keeping you in a positive state of mind? What can you do to help the person you are gossiping about?)
So, next time you find that your day has passed and you haven’t accomplished anything, take a look at your time wasters; OR better yet, before you engage in a time waster, focus in one spending time doing something productive you enjoy. What do you enjoy doing with your time? Where do you find that your wasted time has been spent? How do you avoid getting sucked into time wasters?
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Day 132: Time
Many of us have heard the phrase “Where your treasure is, there your heart is also.” But do you think of your time as a treasure?
Most of us stay busy all day. Whether it’s work, kids, service, or other commitments, we dedicate a lot of our time to others. So the time you’re able to carve out to write — it’s special. It’s a sign of value. I applaud you for every minute you’re able to carve out of a busy life for something important.
Today write about your time. Where does it go? Does it reflect what’s really important to you?