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Wasting Time

Your life is filled with time yet you waste much of it. You take time for granted.

You fix your eyes on objects and things but not time itself. You are easily distracted by novelty, urgency, and importance.

You squander time in carelessness. You don't realize how agreements with yourself and others affect your time.

Men guard their money with closed fists but not their time. Men count their dollars but not their minutes.

How much is your time worth? Are you worth 10 dollars per hour? 100 dollars per hour? 1,000 dollars per hour? 10,000 dollars per hour? Set value on your time and you will realize that most tasks are not worth doing.

Every minute you spend on one activity means you sacrifice another. Review your calendar once a day and ask yourself: "Am I wasting time?" If you are too busy, review your calendar once a week or once a month and repeat the exercise.

People live as if they have unlimited time. They don't consider the frailty of their bodies. When injury, illness, or death draws nearer, people are reminded of the shortness of time.

Consider a thought experiment, called "100 Year Clock". Imagine yourself to be 100 years of age. Look back on your life and ask yourself: "How much time was taken up with the pursuit of money, women, social activities, or fighting diseases? How much was sitting idle, spent when you had a plan, spent when you had no plan? How much of it when your mind was disturbed? How much was wasted on others? How much of it was wasted on sorrow, foolish joy, or greedy desire?" After you remove the activities that you must perform, you are left with the existence of a short life. The "100 Year Clock" experiment reveals that you have fewer years to your life than you can count.

Consider a thought experiment, called "Ring of Time". Imagine putting on a ring to remind yourself of time. When making decisions, ask yourself: "How much time will this take?" Every commitment you make affects your time. The "Ring of Time" experiment reveals that your life is a chain of time commitments.

Interrupt your day to reflect on your time. Set random reminders on your cell phone or smartwatch. Remind yourself of the "100 Year Clock" or the "Ring of Time".

Devote your life to controlling your time. Do not allow others to affect your time without your permission.

Time is elusive. Moments are fleeting.

The present is short, the future is doubtful, and the past is certain.