If someone gives you $86,400 everyday, no tricks, only one condition : no matter how much you spent, by the end of each day, you’ll have to give back the rest of the money.
How would you make use of the money?
I don’t know about you but if someone told me that, I’ll definitely SPEND IT ALL and MAKE THE MOST USE OF IT. What are you talking about, I ain’t giving it back. I mean, since I couldn’t save the rest, what’s the meaning of not spending all the money, right?
Answer to the question usually pop up in a heartbeat. It’s a question that we can answer without thinking more. So why is it that we didn’t make the most use of the 86,400 second of time we have everyday ?
…Because we thought we still have time.
The latest statistic released in 2019 by Statista showed the average lifespan worldwide is 74 for female & 71 for male. Detailed data for people living in different continent is as the chart below showed:
So how’s that related to you?
Let’s dive into more details. If you’re a 32 years old woman living in Europe, you’ll spend 10.2 years working, 14.3 years sleeping, 2.7 years commuting, 5.4 years eating, 4.5 years on social media. This leaves you 5.9 years.
And you only live once. How do you want to spend the time?
A lot of times we think we don’t have control of our time. Things could go crazy from time to time. For instance, you work from 9-5, you get kids from school back home then prepare dinner. And you found out there’s no eggs and milk. Just when you’re thinking what time in this week will you have free time to go buy groceries, your partner asks you to help prepare the suit he’s going to wear for tomorrow’s meeting.
……and at the end of day you realized you haven’t done anything for yourself yet . Everything seems to stand on the opposite side of yours. ” How am I going to spend the time I want?” you thought
Yes I understand. You know what, good news and bad news. As Michael Altschuler said before, “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”
You’re the pilot. You have the control. It’s time to get the control back of your life.
Yes you’re considerate and you want to take care of people around you. But I want you to take care of yourself too. You deserved more. You’re a lot more than you thought. You’re special and you’re amazingly valuable individual.
Now, What do you desire to do with your life? The thing that you’re truly passionate about. The thing that you want to do for the rest of your life.
If you already have goals in mind. Fantastic I wish you the best of luck. However if you haven’t, that’s good too, because now you’re aware of the key factor that’s going to bring the best of you in your life. Take a look at this article and find out how can you start the first step–“What to do first if you’re lost in life”
As Carl Sandburg said, “The time to action is now. It’s never too late to do something.” Start now, get the control back of your life and be the best version of you.
P.S. Here are some books recommended by various corporate CEOs that can help you manage your time well:
《 The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right 》—Atul Gawande