Let us then, be up and doing
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Dreams are not enough. Dreaming will not get us anywhere if we don’t take action on our dreams. Each and every day we need to do at least one thing that will move us forward.
I hear you saying, but “I don’t have the time to do anything” or “I’m so busy there aren’t enough hours in the day to do what I need to do.” But there are some things that take only a few minutes that can help move you forward.
Did you know that wasting 15 minutes a day works out to 91 hours per year? What could you do with those 91 hours?
If we read an average of 12 pages a day (about 15 minutes) we could read 17-18 books per year.
We can learn a new task, become an expert in our field of study, or upgrade our education.
We could exercise and stay in shape while tuning up our heart. 15 minutes 3 times a week will maintain a healthy body.
We could spend the time in personal meditation or spiritual contemplation to bring balance to our lives.
We could devote 15 minutes of quality time to someone we care about. We could choose a different person each day. We could write a letter, send a card, make a phone call or a personal visit. We could sit down with someone and ask them a question and really listen to their answer.
Your time should always be spent doing things that help you achieve your goals and bring fulfillment to your life. Plan your days and determine how you will use your time most productively to accomplish your goals.
The next time you have 10 to 15 minutes, is there a phone call you can make or a letter you can send? Can you write one page of your novel or your blog? Is there a mailing list you can sign up for that will provide you with information you need? Time to read five pages of a book on your subject matter? Can you sign up to volunteer for an organization in your dream field? You will be amazed at what you can accomplish in 15 minutes.
Time is a unique resource. Day to day, everyone has the same amount. It cannot be accumulated. You can’t turn it on or off. It can’t be replaced. It has to be spent at the rate of sixty seconds every minute, sixty minutes every hour.
Time management, like the management of other resources, benefits from analysis and planning. It is a personal process and must fit your style and circumstances.
It takes a strong commitment to change old habits; however you do have a choice. You can learn how to better use your time to accomplish the things you want to do.
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To spending your time wisely
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