More Time

Do you need more time?  A quote that has impacted my life greatly and I use often is by entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker Jim Rohn, “Time is more valuable than money.  You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”  When I first heard this, a veil lifted from my eyes and I realized that I had been squandering a very precious and priceless gift, my time. 

I was a very busy person and tried my best to get everything done.  However, I was not prioritizing my life in a way that I could take care of the most important things first.  This caused unnecessary hardship on my family, my job, and me personally. 

M. Scott Peck, author of the book The Road Less Traveled writes, “Until you value yourself, you will not value your time.  Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” This was so true in my life.  Though I was busy, I was getting nowhere fast.  Don’t get me wrong, I finished what was assigned to me.  I took care of the requests of others.  I bent over backwards to make sure what was expected of me was completed come hell or high waters.  However, the things that were most important suffered dearly.  Those who needed me most were put last.

An important lesson I learned was that it is the quality of time at work that counts and quantity of time at home that matters.  Through tough times, I learned to put first things first.  By doing this, I learned simple ways to get everything done that needed to be done and, in the process, enjoy my life and live each day to the fullest.  

Can you relate to what I have shared?  I’m sure you can.  Do you feel there are just not enough hours in your day to get everything done?  Do you feel like you let others down, especially those who matter most, with your best intentions and little follow through?  It’s not how you want it to be, I know. 

Here is something that you may find helpful like I did.  It’s called The Law of Three.  It goes like this:

  1. You focus on the most important thing first that needs your time and attention.  This can be your spiritual being, family, friends, good health, or personal goals. 
  2. Then, you focus on the second most important thing.  This can be work, hobbies, tasks, the requests of others, or errands.
  3.  And finally, use the remainder of your time of the things that don’t really matter.  This could include watching tv, social media, ____________ (you can fill in the blank). 

Once you prioritize what matters most and do that first, you will see that you can do all these things with the time you have.  We can all look back with some regrets as we wonder, “Where did the time go?”  It’s an eye-opening truth, time flies.  However, the good news is you’re the pilot.  Let’s keep growing and going.  It’s a good time to be you!

Peace and Joy,


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