Welcome to this week’s #GoDoFly’s powertalk!
Today we have the amazing, cat-lover, down-to-earth and ever positive, Xeno Hemlock. Our paths crossed months ago and we are happy it did. His constant encouragement to try new things and live the life you want is inspiring and up to par with what we are aiming for.
Here you have his powertalk on of course…. How to Make the Most of Your Time.
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How to Make the Most of Your Time
“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”
― Denis Waitley
On a weekday as soon as I wake up, I mentally go through the list of things I have to do for the day. It helps psyche me to work on achieving my daily goals. On a weekend, I do the same thing, this time for the purpose of making sure my weekend does not become a waste. Whether I immerse myself in a good book, watch a movie with my family or friends, or write something, I want to feel that the weekend is still fruitful.
The quote above speaks a lot of truth. Whether you are rich or poor, adult or child, student or white-collar worker, we all get the same amount of time everyday. I witness some people, including those close to me, squander the gift of time. It’s sad because if people just know how to make the most of their time, a lot of good things can be produced out of it. Now the question goes, “How do we make the most of our time?”
Think of Long-Term Goals, Focus on Short-Term Tasks.
“Time is what we want most,but what we use worst.”
― William Penn
Think of your ultimate dream (or dreams, we are allowed to have more than one). This is something great you want to achieve long-term. Now build your life towards achieving that by focusing on the short-term tasks required to fulfill it. Keep in mind your aspiration without obsessing over it. Don’t be the dreamer who remains daydreaming. Be the dreamer, worker, and achiever all at once. Remember that Rome wasn’t built on a day. If you keep on doing the short-term activities required by your great aspiration, then you (slowly maybe but) surely pushes forward to attaining your dream step-by-step. A life is fulfilled if one obtains his dreams.
Spend Some Time With the People Who Matter.
Many people may be surrounding you in your life right now, but how many of them bring value to your life? Take a time out, breathe, and think. Some people are more of a drag than anything. You are better off without them. Some people inspire you, push you to do better, or tell you the truth when you need to hear it. These are the kind of people that should be in your life. The more positive individuals you surround yourself with, the more you will be influenced with their outlook and attitude becoming like them as well. Whether you are attending a coaching seminar with them, or just hanging out strolling in the park updating tabs on each other’s lives, you know that time spent with them is time well spent.
Live in the Present.
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
― Mother Teresa
“The past is a ghost, the future a dream and all we ever have is now.”
― Bill Cosby
All of our failures, shortcomings, mistakes, and regrets in the past rightfully belong there. Worrying yourself thinking about them will never change the past no matter how much you want to. Let them go and move on. The same thing goes with the future. It belongs there and it’s not yours yet. Too much anticipation on what tomorrow will bring also worries you, the way obsessing with the past does. Enjoy the present. Enjoy the now. Today is what you have, and today is what you can control.
Learn Something New.
“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.”
― Thomas Jefferson
Remember that line from Pocahontas’ theme song Colors of the Wind? “How high does the sycamore grow? If you cut it down then you’ll never know.”
Confining ourselves to only what we already know is exactly that. It’s alright to keep on doing the things you are good at, with the goal to get better at it. At the same time, never forget to make the time to try something new in your life. Whether it be traveling to a place you haven’t been to before, meeting new people who may bring additional value to your life, or learning a new skill. Who knows what goodness they may introduce to your life?
Ignore The Others, Listen to You.
“Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.”
― Paulo Coelho
“Never waste a minute thinking about people you don’t like.”
― Dwight D. Eisenhower
One of the greatest tragedy a human being will ever experience in his life is when he lets the opinion of others dictate the way he lives. It’s your life, it’s your time. Do the things in accordant to your desires and goals. Would you like to reach your 40th birthday saying to yourself, “I wish I did the things I wanted to do back then, but I was too concerned on what others might thought of me so I didn’t.” Confident and attractive people do what they want to do and do not care what others will say. Be like that. Once again, it is YOUR life you’re living, not theirs.
No Distractions. Focus Only on the Things That Matter.
“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.”
“You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.”
― Charles Buxton
In this digital and information age, there are so many things that pop out from all directions. Multi-tasking has become the go-to idea of achieving everything at once. The truth is multi-tasking actually hinders you instead of helping you. Focusing on one job at a time allows better productivity. To help you do this, list down the things you will do. Then cross out the things that you can do without, that do not matter. Then re-order the remaining items based on priority. Put the more important tasks at the top and tackle them first before going down the list. Watch your productivity improve when you follow that.
Save Some Time For Yourself.
Save some time for yourself alone. Some people rush against time doing a multitude of things at the expense of taking care of themselves. Rest. Sleep. Meditate. Read a book. Spend time everyday reflecting on your life alone. Eat healthy. Exercise. Don’t forget to spend some time with yourself. In this world of busy, most of society has forgotten to bond with the “Me”.
Incorporate these concepts and watch your life improve. Now go out there and make the most of your time!
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