Our lives are enhanced by the following resources that I will be discussing in the next few posts: Time, Talent, Money (Health and Beauty comes to mind also so I may discuss them too).
I hope to share with you what I have learned based on my life experiences and observations. Life experiences include mistakes I made that if I knew what to do beforehand – could have resulted in a more positive result. Observation of people is one way to learn things without actually paying the price for the errors done. Their bad decision turned into something good for the observer.
For this post, we will start with TIME.
Time is probably the most scarce resource we have. Once spent, you can never get it back. That makes it the most important resource that is available to us. In a 70 year lifetime – I estimate around 408,800 hours at our disposal (excluding sleep time). If you sleep less, you may get more time – but your health may suffer – so you won’t reach the 70 year mark
Yet, in this decade we seem to be always short of time. Even with all the electronic gadgets (which supposedly will make our lives more productive) we seem to run out of time. What went wrong?
One of the possible explanations is how we manage our time.
First – let us discuss possible TIME WASTERS – and then after – we will discuss what we can do with time saved by eliminating some of the time wasters (or at least spending a lot less time in them).
TV – 90% of TV shows except the ones that teaches skills.
Olympics (it’s OK if you missed many of the previous Olympics like I did :))
Sports – all of professional sports.
Web browsing – most that don’t teach anything worthwhile.
Hollywood celebrities – their lives are proof that there’s nothing to emulate.
Drinking and Smoking – need I say more?
Gambling – designed to fleece you of your hard earned money.
Idle conversation – this is when we talk bad about other people.
I left two blank lines so you can fill out other activities that waste time.
So we saved some time by not checking facebook constantly Oh I forgot I did not mention facebook – but where I worked, facebook browsing got so bad that the company blocked it on Internet Explorer. So some people downloaded Google Chrome and Firefox. Then it’s back to facebook.
Back to the topic: What do we do with the time saved?
-Share your skills: help people with their problems, write a book, open a blog, tutor someone, volunteer to a charity organization.
-Learn something new: a musical instrument, making furnitures, simple plumbing, basic electrical repairs, quantum physics
-Improve your skills: speed reading, new language, occupational skills.
-Share time: with the elderly, orphans, the homeless, your destitute friend.
-Start a project: a hobby you have been putting off, replace the sink, bicycle repair, baking.
-Travel: meeting different people in varied cultures is great for you!
I have so many other things in mind, but I’ll let you think your own so I can save you TIME from reading more of this. Have a nice TIME!