How to Prioritize Time Wisely

Time is a precious and limited commodity of which we all are given in equal measure. Everybody gets twenty-four hours per day…no more….no less. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, what your social position is. You still get only twenty-four hours a day. You can’t buy, beg, borrow or steal another minute. Every day, there goes another piece of sand. Day by day that time is going to leave us. To start understanding the deeper aspects of time I’ve added a couple short videos.

“Like sands through the hourglass so are the days of our lives.” ~Macdonald Carey

What we do with our twenty-four hours is not entirely up to us, of course. We all have obligations that must be met each day. We have jobs that provide us with necessary income, a certain amount of time is required for eating and sleeping, and our relationships require some amount of time each day. But the entire twenty-four are not spoken for. These are the few hours each day that we can use as we want to use them. What we decide to do with them will mostly determine how successful or unsuccessful we will be in life.

If we spend all of our unspoken hours on the couch in front of the TV eating chips and keeping comfortable, in five years we will probably still be doing the same boring job or be stuck with the same problems. Some of those free hours if used to educate ourselves, could mean that in five years we would have better jobs or even our own business.

If you want to succeed in anything you must learn how to prioritize time wisely and it all starts with realizing that our time and where we place our focus is our most valuable commodity. Time is a currency we use every moment we are alive and our most important currency. Without time you can’t make any money

Life is Too Short To Spend it Unhappy

You probably remember back when you were younger thinking that being a grown-up was so far off and that it would be so great doing the things that are important to you, thinking it was so far away like it’s gonna take 100 years to get there. Then here we are all grown up and it’s amazing how fast time has gone. As grownups, we wish we didn’t have to grow up so fast and we still see getting any older as far off and unfathomable.

The fact that life is short can be a sad thing to think about. I think about my dog Hank and how he’s only going to be with me 8-15 years. He brings so much joy and happiness into my life but there is a little bit of sadness because I know pitbull terriers live 8-15 years. Good things in our lives give us joy and make us happy but they can also make us sad knowing all things come to an end.

We need to focus on the ability to connect to the day that we have right now, start to do things that are going to give us the freedom, the life, and the joy that allow us to do more of things that we love to do.

The Past is Gone & the Future Hasn’t Happen Yet

The past is over with so drop it. Our past is only our perception of things that have occurred but people seem to get stuck there all the time so don’t blame yourself for errors you made in the past.

We can get stuck in the future waiting for outcomes and worrying about something bad happening but most of the stuff we worry about never happens. It does no good to worry too much about an event that is coming.

If you focus on too many things at once the mind starts getting overwhelmed, it loses focus, concentration, and soon we are all over the place and we stop being productive. That leads to us not advancing in a career, not growing a business, and not doing what we should be doing in other areas of life.

Worrying is a misuse of the imagination, it’s amazing how fast we can get so caught up in the future that we don’t recognize that our present moment in time is where the strength and the power is and where we need to be.

The future will be a continuum of this moment so let’s take action and build up some momentum.

Time Managment is a Waste of Time

We don’t need time management when we can focus. We can either learn to be distracted or we can learn to be focused.

Instead of coming up with times to do each thing, do these things:

  • Get yourself organized.
  • Understand the things you are going to get done during your day.
  • Focus on the task at hand.

Simplify your productivity: The real solution comes down to getting organized and being able to focus and concentrate on one thing at one time.

Keep it super simple with an “important list” of prioritized tasks so you can complete one thing at a time, give your focus and all your time to the task before moving to the next task. If a task takes longer than 45 minutes the task needs to be simplified or split into smaller tasks. Focusing and concentration can be learned.

Just managing your peace and your energy can be hard enough so get simplified. If a thing is going to bring you down don’t do it. If it doesn’t match your values don’t do it. Follow your passions and keep a good positive attitude going.

Taking Back Your Time

We have to use our time to get out of the negative emotions that keep us in the same place. We have to start making the changes and make the tough decisions that are going to help better our lives instead of holding on to what we’ve got, settling for mediocrity, or settling for things that aren’t bringing us joy, passion, and energy.

It’s all about slowing down, prioritization, and understanding the values that are going to take us there. Tell yourself you’re taking your time back, we have to take our time back, today.

Slow down and recognize the fact that we do have control and we can slow it down. We can take control of our lives, all it takes is a decision to start and some tools and techniques to get you back in control.

How to Slow Things Down

Take a walk: Do yourself a favor and get some fresh air more often, get outside, out walking in nature.

Keep a journal: Do something to record where you are at today. I start every day with the Sacred 6 Journal and I write down 3 things I am grateful for and I look at the last couple days to see whats happening and it allows me to slow things down. It allows me to focus on the most important things that I can do with my time which has been focusing on my own self-development and my online business.

Read some books: Read a fiction book, read a non-fiction book, stopping to read a book can slow things down. But I prefer to listen more than I prefer reading, I often find myself spacing out when I read, I drift off thinking about something completely different but I continue reading books. I love listening but It’s important to know the way in which you learn best.

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” ~Albert Einstein

Listen to something positive each day: Throw an anchor onto the things that bring you joy and pull yourself away from the minutia that connects us to the negative life that so many people live day in and day out. This means no news! The news media thrives on focusing on the negative and it takes you away from your peace. It’s constantly filled with pain, constantly filled with negativity, and continually filled with over dramatization.

When I get stuck waiting in line or when I’m commuting I use that time to listen to audiobooks on Audible, books that empower my attitude and knowledge to help me move towards the lifestyle I’m looking to live.

Break free from all that noise and start to focus on whats truly important to you and start moving forward in those areas.

With the internet, there are so many alternative channels of news and information you can choose to tune into, especially in areas that you actually like learning about. You can subscribe to youtube channels, podcast, listen to a book, follow a blog, or personalize your facebook and twitter feed to see only the things that bring you positive energy and ideas. Listening to one of the most original motivational speakers Earl Nightingale on YouTube is a start.

If you’re looking for something positive to listen to consistently I suggest The Morning Coach Show. JB talks about time, relativity, slowing it down, organizing, prioritizing, plus a wide range of brilliant lifestyle topics, and ideas.

Time to End Procrastination and Commit to Action

What are you going to do with what you have learned and what you’ve already done?

We can start over anytime, we can commit to changes and start to make the difference in our life immediately but the results can take time so have patience.

Every day is a new opportunity, you never know who’s gonna come into your life, you never know who you are going to connect with, you never know when you will have an idea that could change your life.

Get into the moment, slow it down re-prioritize, get into a better position to live the life you are looking to live.

We all make mistakes, rebound, get angry, get frustrated, and make mistakes along the way. Remember that failure isn’t fatal, failures are valuable lessons, in fact, you want to fail as fast as possible.

It’s Never Too Late or Early to Start Spending Time Wisley

Age is used as an excuse to not go forward, a little disease that I like to call Age-Excusitis. If you do some research into the regrets of the dying you’ll find that their top regrets are not doing the things they wanted to do, and not spending more time with family and friends. Start to recognize time for what it really is and start to slow it down so we can appreciate our moments more and more.

Begin by identifying your passion or interest and set about learning everything you can about that interest while looking for ways to turn it into a business.

Thanks to the internet the possibility of running your very own business is there for anyone who has good expertise, ideas, value, or solutions. You don’t even need a lot of money to get started but you do need to know how you are going to help others.

Pick yourself up, start today, recognize the past is gone, start to live with true joy, start to see the real beauty of this gift of life we have, get away from the negative that is everywhere. Be the positive beacon of light that slows things down once in a while, observes situations, then brings positive solutions, peace, help, and joy into situations.

Homework

If you have any questions or comments about prioritizing time please leave them below.

  • Get a journal if you don’t already have one.
  • Write two things you are grateful for every morning.
  • Answer the question, What am I doing right now to anchor into the positive and the present moment to grow?
  • Listen to the day’s episode of The Morning Coach Show in the mornings!

Do this once a day and you will be prioritizing your time more wisely “in no time”.

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One thought on “How to Prioritize Time Wisely

  1. Rock

    October 19, 2017 at 12:26am

    Hi Steven,

    This is such an encouraging reminder for all of us to value our time, detach from any negativity, seize and cherish every moment, spend it more with our loved ones or things that fulfill us, and be grateful for everyday. It’s funny how time flies when we got older that it makes me ask how? Why? And cry at the same time because we know that it is something, once lost, can never be bought, replace or bring back again.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope the other readers will be inspired too as much as it made me.

    Cheers! 🙂

    Rock

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      Steven

      October 19, 2017 at 3:35am

      True Rock, one can’t make money without time. It can be sad thinking about time but it can also be a great motivator. Steven Jobs said it was his number one motivator. I think time slows down as we get older because we stop experiencing new things as often as when we are younger. So stay away from the mundane and spice things up once in awhile and don’t run around like your head’s on fire. Slow down enjoy the process.

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  2. Weston

    October 22, 2017 at 6:44pm

    Great article! I agree, time is our most valuable commodity and our most important currency. It’s not worth dwelling on the past and worrying about the future. We can’t change the past and we don’t know the future. Like you explain, we should be learning to manage our time wisely by managing our distractions and our daily habits.

    This is great advice. Our time is limited so we should value it by using it wisely.

    Thank you!

    Weston

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      Steven

      October 24, 2017 at 4:14pm

      You got it Weston, value your time, manage your distractions and daily habits. You can always find more time it’s just a matter of getting more organized and carving it out. You can always structure your day and your life differently. 

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  3. Jacob Schilling

    November 26, 2017 at 4:01am

    Hi, great post. I really liked the line “worrying is a misuse of the imagination”. Honestly, that is something I struggle with to an extremely high degree. I always find myself worrying about something that is nonsensical. I really like your attitude, I cannot fathom anyone regretting their life if they strive to be the light and other peoples worlds, to connect, and bring people together.

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      Steven

      November 29, 2017 at 2:09am

      Thank you Jacob, any time you find yourself worrying about something you can get yourself out of the future and into the present moment where the true power is. Right now is when everything is happening. There will be a future but the only real time is this moment. Slow things down by being aware of where you are at and how things are working for you. Substitute thoughts of worry with thoughts of possibilities and and expectations of positive experiences.

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