Time is a precious gift. It’s also a weird concept. How to manage time is one of the most searched term on Google.
Time flies by when you’re having fun, yet seems to pass slowly when you’re at work or in class at school. Sometimes you watch the clock closely, waiting for the exact time you will be relieved of your duties (or for the bell to ring).
Sometimes, it can often seem like there are never enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished. This is especially true if you have multiple responsibilities (such as if you own your own business)!
We are all given the same amount of time each day.
How do you spend your time? Do you spend it wisely?
Countless articles have been written on how to make the most out of your time, and also how to increase your productivity and organize your life. But most of them don’t address one key thing: regret. Most people eventually regret how they spent their time! That is because many people waste it.
If you ask a dying person what he or she would like more of, the answer would be TIME.
Are you going to have the same answer on your deathbed? Or will you be proud of the life you have lived?
To help you answer “yes” to the latter question, I want to open your mind to how you currently spend your time and think about how you actually should be spending it.
How To Manage Time (without regrets)?
The best way to spend your time is to do the things that will:
- Cause you NOT to have any regrets… ever
- Allow you to enjoy life to the fullest
To determine how you should you be spending your time, you need to first figure out your priorities.
What are Your Priorities?
Analyze what is truly important to you, while looking at the big picture of life.
If being productive is on your list, consider using these tips to become a productivity master!
If earning money is a priority for you, you are likely going to spend your time on tasks that will help you increase your income. You might even work multiple jobs to attain your monetary goals.
If enjoying quality time with your loved ones (family and friends) is important, you will likely spend your leisure time planning activities for everyone to partake in. Vacations, family dinners, special celebrations, and outings to interesting places will be at the top of your list!
However, if leaving a legacy behind is one of your main goals, you might spend your time chronicling your memoirs, so your stories and life lessons are passed down to your descendants! The wonderful thing about today’s digitally advanced world is that anyone can become an author and sell books on Amazon (and/or Selz, and/or Gumroad, and/or other places, including your website). I know, because I became an author, and I help others become authors too!
Do You Sacrifice Your Time? Why? And for Whom?
We all make sacrifices in life. The question you need to ask yourself is this: “Is this sacrifice worth it?”
Some people sacrifice their time so that others may benefit. Some people make sacrifices so they, themselves, can benefit.
As a freelance writer and editor (and life coach) who has elderly parents, I make business sacrifices each week. Sometimes, I think I should be looking for more people to help (and therefore working for them, and growing my business). But I sacrifice earning money so that I can spend time with my mom and dad, and enjoy them while they are still here! I know a time will come when they will be either too ill or simply not able to do the things we all currently do together (go out for dinner, play cards, etc.). I justify my sacrifice by using this mindset: I can always earn money, but I won’t always be able to spend time with my parents.
I also know that, if I were to spend more time doing other things that didn’t involve them, I would have regrets when they died. I don’t want to ever think, “I wish I would’ve spent more time with them!” So, in my mind, my sacrifices are worth it! (I love my parents!).
Balance Your Time Wisely
The best way to manage your time efficiently is to make a weekly schedule that includes:
- Things you must do
- Things you want to do
If you need help doing this, there is a free planner available at 15 Tips for Effectively Managing YOUR Precious Time.
When you are creating your schedule, be sure to include time for:
- Leisure activities such as reading, writing, going for a walk to enjoy nature, going to the beach, watching your favorite show on TV, your hobbies, etc.
- Family and friends (social time)
- Things are important to you so that you don’t have any regrets!
Be More Mindful of How You Spend Your Time
Are you making the most of your time? Are you going to start making the most of your time now? How to manage time wisely?
As you were reading this article, I’m sure you had thoughts about at least ONE thing that you know you should be doing that you’re currently NOT. So I want to urge you to take a step today that will enable you to reach your goal, so that you can say you lived your life without any regrets!
About the Author
Lorraine Reguly is an author, a motivational speaker and a life coach/consultant who helps others become authors too. She also offers writing and editing services via her business, Wording Well. Her own life story is inspirational, and so is her book, From Nope to Hope. She nearly died but now lives a life is she proud of living.