Spend your finite time wisely


  1. Acknowledge the finite nature of time.
    Understand that time is the most precious and limited resource you have. Reflect on the fact that, like everyone else, you have a finite number of hours in your life, which cannot be replenished once spent.
  2. Determine your core values.
    Identify what is most important to you in life. These are your core values. They could range from family and health to creativity and career achievements. To find your true values, ask yourself what you would regret not doing if you had limited time left. This clarity will guide your decision-making and ensure your time is spent in alignment with what truly matters to you.
  3. Prioritize based on your values.
    Once you know your values, make them the basis for how you allocate your time. Every activity and commitment should be assessed for how well it aligns with these values. If a specific activity isn't aligned with any of your values, politely decline.
  4. Learn to say no.
    Practice saying no to distractions and time-wasters that do not align with your core values or contribute to your long-term goals. This could include avoiding the trap of social media scrolling, needless worrying and engaging in unproductive arguments. Each time you're faced with a decision, ask yourself if this aligns with your values and contributes to the person you want to become.
  5. Assign a monetary value for your time.
    Think of an ambitious hourly rate for your time, say $100/hour. Before agreeing to any task or engagement, ask yourself, "Is this worth $100 of my time?" If not, consider ways to delegate or skip it. This method can help you see the real cost of spending time on less important tasks and encourage you to invest your time more wisely.


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