“Time is money and money is time, so I keep 7 o’clock in the bank to draw interest in the hour of God. I’m saving to buy my freedom God grant me wings, I’m too fly not to fly.”- Saul Williams
You look at your watch, it’s a half past “I don’t have enough time.” If only you had more time, then you could conquer your dreams. But right now you think, “I have things to do”.
I’m right there with you. I often wish I had more time. Time to do the things I want to do, not the things I feel I have to do. In thinking about time, I notice a flaw in my logic.
Busyness vs. Math
We all have the same amount of time allotted to us in a day: 24 hours. This equals 168 hours a week. So I did the math:
Say you have a job that requires 40 hours a week. So 168-40= 128 hours left for the week.
The average person gets between 6-8 hours of sleep a night. I average around 6 hours a night, so I’ll use myself in this example. Over the course of a week, that would be 128-42= 86 hours remaining.
86 hours where I’m not at my job or asleep. If the same number applies to you, that is 86 hours we have every week to do…what?
Everyone is busy, and I wonder at times, busy doing what? My wife and I have a baby premiering this fall (Mahna Mahna if you are new here), and so much out there informs me of the following: enjoy your time now; it will all disappear once the baby arrives.
I do not buy into a baby becoming a time sucking phenomenon. I’m choosing to view our baby as a miracle, not a time burden. Miracles exist outside of time.
What do we spend our time doing? How much of it is what we really want to do vs. what we feel we have to do or are expected to do? Sure, some time goes into waiting in lines, bathing, enjoying the deliciousness that is peanut butter and chocolate, etc. But what if…
Time Is On Our Side, Yes It Is
What if we did what was important to us? What if we delighted in what we value instead of aiming to survive the busyness and wondering where the time went? Time works with us, not against us.
Time flows like water. Trying to save time or manage time is like trying to bottle water in the middle of a raging river. You would get wet, frustrated, and overwhelmed. Usually, I feel that way when I’m attempting to utilize my time management skills to further expedite projects and produce solutions. To quote my man Charlie Brown, “good grief.”
This might not be true for you, but I need to do less saving and managing time and more saving and managing myself. Putting it all on “time” keeps it external. Owning it and managing myself, makes it personal and keeps it real.
I’m learning how to do this in my life. There are several helpful resources on this topic, here are two I like:
Owning my time, making it personal, and recognizing I have the time to do what I’m most passionate about, is making a huge impact on me. The time is there to love my wife and new baby, time to write, perform poetry and all the other things I have up my sleeves to create a better life for us. There is time for all of us to spankin’ come alive and not exist to “make a living.”
The time is there, we choose what we do with it. By taking time away from busyness and putting more time into the things we value,we can start to leave a legacy.
We have the time to do those things we daydream about. The time for the idea that keeps you up at night. The time to be yourself, take care of yourself and help other people. It starts. Right. Now.
How can you best work with the 168 hours you have this week? What shall you do with your time today?
[photo by gfpeck]