The other day, I was grilling some veggies. I set the timer and jumped on the computer to do some work. When the timer went off, I swear I thought something was wrong. There was no way 7 minutes had gone by. I felt like I just sat down. It literally felt like 60 seconds to me. That’s when I realized I no longer have any concept of time anymore. I lose so much time during the day simply because I don’t track it.
Most people don’t wear watches anymore. We use our phone if we feel the need to actually look at the clock, but that’s not as often as we used to. We seem to let time slip between our fingers, staying “busy” but not really productive.
I got a watch for Christmas and it’s funny how many times someone will ask me what time it is and my first reaction is “I don’t know”. Then Steve will remind me I have the watch now. This even happened when I had my phone. I’d forget I could keep time on my phone.
This lack of awareness of time is why we waste so much of it. Think of the amazing things we could do in just 30 minutes, but we really don’t realize how many “30-minute” chunks we are already wasting. We could meal prep, clean the kitchen, put up laundry, wash a car, workout, do a Bible Study – the list is endless. The fact is, we have the time. We just aren’t using it wisely.
NEW YEAR TIME-SAVING TIP: Start setting a timer when you sit down to check emails or facebook. Set a timer while you get ready, even if you don’t have to go anywhere. Make an effort to be more purposeful with how you spend your time. I know for a fact I waste WAY too much time. It may be disguised as work or productivity, but I still can be much better – and I need to learn to be more protective over my time.
We only get one chance to use the 24 hours we are given today, let’s cherish it and make the most of it.
Scripture of the Day:
“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity” – Ephesians 5:15-16