We all have it, and we all have the ability to decide how we will spend it. Although we can’t see it, its value is priceless and becomes more so the older we get. The “it” I’m referring to, is time.
While we do, in fact, get to decide how we spend our time, most of us have several others who are more than eager to help us decide how our time should be spent, and their suggestions are usually focused on advancing their objectives instead of our own.
This doesn’t mean that all requests for our time are bad. Some requests are welcomed and we’re more than eager to spend your time on it. Other requests for our time we might not feel like committing to, but we want to support the cause or person asking, so we agree to give of our time. And other requests neither interest nor benefit us, yet we’re still asked to give our time to it.
The biggest threat to our time is when we don’t have a decision process or priorities in place that help us determine how we’ll invest our time, and instead we simply agree to everyone’s request that comes along, leaving scarce little time for our own pursuits and well-being.
Don’t be afraid to place boundaries around your time. Cause something to happen that ensures your time is protected by employing these or other boundaries around your time:
- Only allocate a specific amount of time, which you determine, to a request for your time.
- Decide in advance what causes you will or won’t support with your time.
- Decide how much of your time you’re willing to commit to others’ objectives.
- Know what’s important to you regarding the direction and goals you’ve set for your life and say “No” to those requests that don’t align.
Your time is a precious commodity. While it’s important, and fun, to spend your time helping and supporting others efforts, be mindful of how you’re spending (investing) your time to ensure that you are also moving closer to what you’ve defined as important in your own life.
Remember that our time is limited and we get to decide how to spend it, so spend it wisely!