Time is the most valuable resource.
This never crossed my mind as a child, when I was in high school, or even in my early twenties.
I didn’t consider the value of time until I had a full-time job and other responsibilities. It was the fleeting hours between when I got off work, got stuck in rush hour traffic and then had less than 30 minutes to get dinner on the table that brought the value of time to my attention.
When I was working in the office, time always felt scarce. But it was never actually scarce, there was always 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It was just a matter of how I was using that time.
Shortly before I left the office, I kept saying if I applied those same 40 hours a week towards my own thing, I would be much more satisfied with the outcome. I’m currently at 28 hours a week with my own projects and I’m making good progress.
When I focus my time, I end up with 174 posts and 39 podcast episodes, when I don’t focus it, I end up with a half-completed blog page for writing consulting services, only two social media posts in a period of a few weeks and an incomplete graphic for a custom merch line.
Some of these things are important, something are more for fun. But for every incomplete project on my list, it is due to not allotting time every day to work towards it.
If I’m not purposefully using my time, it always escapes me.
I’m not that person who needs to optimize every waking second of my day, but there are some definite things that I want to accomplish over the next few months. In order to reach my goals, I’m assigning another 2-hour block to my day for 1-2 activities.
The majority of the time is going to be spent towards income-generating work.
Tim Rettig wrote a post today about productivity and it was an important one. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what constitutes a good use of my time and his post was a great reminder.
I have to use my time wisely because each moment is only guaranteed once. Time is the most valuable resource and I’m going to treat it as such.
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